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Loan Watch: Guidetti hits double figures for Celtic

Loan Watch: Guidetti hits double figures for Celtic
John Guidetti continues to dominate the headlines and have writers frantically searching the thesaurus for more superlatives after another match-winning performance for Celtic.

The Swedish striker has now reached 10 goals in 11 appearances for the Hoops, and his latest strike proved crucial in seeing off Dundee 2-1 to retain Celtic’s place at the top of the SPL.

After Stokes had put the Scottish Champions ahead, Guidetti grabbed the all-important second, stroking home the ball from the vicinity of the penalty spot from a Matthews cross.

A first call-up to the senior Sweden side in more than two years has been the 22-year-old’s reward for a sensational season to date, and James Milner has revealed that the City first team are keeping an eye on his exploits.

Milner is quoted in the Daily Record as saying: “We’ve told him to calm his celebrations down! But he’s a great character, he’s scoring a lot of goals and I’m sure he’ll get plenty more.

“I’ve spoken to John a few times since he came up to Celtic and the boys have been watching to see how he’s getting on.

“We’re missing him in the dressing room so everyone is hoping he does well.

...Milner on Guidetti...


“It’s fantastic for John and Jason to play in front of big crowds at Celtic Park. It’s massive for their development.

“They’re getting games and building up experience.

“It’s great to be at a club as big as Celtic and it will make the step easier when they get back here.”

 Unfortunately, teammate Jason Denayer limped off at half time and is now a doubt for Celtic’s Europa League clash on Thursday night with FC Salzburg.

However, the centre back is another flourishing north of the border, and he’s clearly impressed EDS boss Patrick Vieira.

"We have to give them the right development, and that means sending them on loan,” Vieira said.

"When I watch Jason playing for Celtic, or Marcos Lopes playing at Lille, it makes us really proud.

"The way they are performing lets me know we are doing things the right way.

"The object is to provide players for the first team, but we know the gap is massive from Under-21 to the first team - but this is one way we can get them there."

Jason Denayer is the highest scoring defender in the Scottish Premiership this season with 3 goals.

— Scottish Soccer Show (@ScottishSoccer) November 23, 2014

Elsewhere in Scotland, Adam Drury started and played the first 72 minutes of St Mirren’s 3-0 defeat to Hamilton Academical.

The Buddies now lie second from bottom in the Scottish Premiership. Ellis Plummer continues his lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury.  

On the continent, Alvaro Negredo claimed an assist in his first start for Valencia since moving to Spain on loan in the summer.

The striker has been hampered by injury, but set up a 73rd minute equaliser for Dani Parejo in his first 90 minutes for the club. Unfortunately, he could not prevent Los Che going down 2-1 to Levante on Sunday.

Bruno Zuculini was an unused sub for Valencia.

Back on English soil, Devante Cole chalked up another 90 minutes in League One for Barnsley, who suffered a 2-1 loss to Chesterfield.

Although the striker could not rescue a point for his team on this occasion, he has enjoyed a wonderful spell for the Tykes to date.

His manager, Danny Wilson, told the Sheffield Star that he is especially pleased with the understanding Cole has forged with strike partner Sam Winnall.

“The pair of them have made life very difficult for defenders,” said Wilson. “It’s been great to see.

“They’ve both been working very hard for the team and themselves.

“They’ve played nine or ten games together now and they’ve formed a very good partnership.

“Sam is very clever and instinctive, and he’s been getting the rewards for his hard work. And Devante, well, we’ve seen his pace is electric and he scares defenders. He’s deserved his success as well. I can only congratulate them on what they’ve achieved so far – and hopefully there’s a lot more to come.”

Jordy Hiwula earned another start for Yeovil, but came off on 54 minutes in Town’s 2-1 defeat of ten man Notts County.

The striker’s best chance came when he latched on to a glorious cross from Kevin Dawson, but he was unable to direct his header and the ball flew wide.

Meanwhile, also in League One regular starter Greg Leigh got another 90 minutes for Crewe Alexandra against Leyton Orient, but was on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline.

The Railwaymen remain rooted to the bottom of the division.

In the Netherlands, Karim Rekik once again completed 90 minutes at the heart of PSV’s defence, and helped his side to a 1-1 draw with Groningen.

That heard-earned point means PSV still hold a two point lead over challengers Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie.

Albert Rusnak also continues to enjoy his time on the continent with Dutch side Cambuur, and he was pulling the strings in midfield as his team ran out 3-1 victors over Utretcht.

Micah Richards was an unused sub in Fiorentina’s 2-1 win over Hellas Verona, while Marcos Lopes continues his recovery from injury.

There was good news for the young starlet this week though – he took home the Rising Star gong at the North West Football Awards, beating the likes of Everton’s Ross Barkley.