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McCourt will always be the Celtic entertainer

Paddy McCourt enjoys the pressure from Celtic supporters of being expected to produce some magic every time he takes the field. With Celtic leading Hearts through goals by James Forrest and Shaun Maloney, the substitute wrapped up a 3-0 victory in the dying seconds with a wonderful goal, dinking the ball over Marian Kello after a trademark solo run.

The mercurial Irishman recognises that, with Celtic top of the SPL with four wins out of four and no goals conceded, he faces a battle for a starting slot.

"Coming on and scoring goals won't do me any harm," the former Derry City winger said.

"The competition in the wide areas and up front is really strong and it is driving everyone on.

"There are probably four or five strikers who think they should be playing every week and maybe three or four wingers as well.

"I'm sure when the manager sits down on a Friday or Saturday to pick the team he has a few headaches but that is better than struggling to pick 11 players.

"I started the first game but picked up an injury and James and Shaun have started the last few games.

"But I think it would be a bit stupid to knock on the door when we have won every game and haven't conceded a goal yet."

The Northern Ireland international is well aware that the Hoops fans expect to see some brilliance when he takes to the field.

"The expectancy is something I thrive on," he said. "I always get a buzz when I hear the reception when I come on.

"I know people are there to see me entertain and that is the strongest part of my game so if I can keep producing goals and chances for the team then hopefully that will be good enough."

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