Celtic defender hoping to extend unbeaten run

05 December 2013 02:49

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk hopes Celtic can carry on the momentum of last weekend's massive win over Hearts when they take on Motherwell at Fir Park on Friday.

Neil Lennon's rampant side ran riot at Tynecastle last Sunday as they racked up a record 7-0 win over the Jambos to book their place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

The Hoops are back on Scottish Premiership duty on Friday and Dutch defender van Dijk is focussed on securing another win for the league leaders and extending their unbeaten start to the season to 14 games.

"It was a good result, of course, and we were very happy to go through to the next round so it was a good day," van Dijk said of the Hearts win.

"I didn't feel that it was coming but I knew we were capable of it as we have very good players in the team.

"In every game we want to play like that and win the game like that, but every game is different.

"I was disappointed after the Milan game, especially the day after when you see the game back. But you can't keep thinking about it and you have to move on and that´s what I did.

"We all wanted a reaction after the game and we knew that it could be a difficult game away at Hearts, but we played very well and won the game. We have to make sure we are ready for Friday and win that game as well."

One man not on the scoresheet in the 7-0 win over Hearts was striker Teemu Pukki. The Finnish international made an instant impact when he arrived at Celtic after he scored in his first two matches.

However, Pukki has failed to find the back of the net since then and he is aiming to put that right.

"I have been playing a lot so I have been really enjoying it, but the only thing bothering me is I haven't scored enough goals yet. I truly believe they are coming, though," the Celtic striker said.

"It has frustrated me but I know I will score eventually. Strikers always want to score but the more I play the more chances I will have to score goals."

The Hoops will face a wounded Motherwell side on Friday night. Stuart McCall's side exited the Scottish Cup last Saturday after suffering an embarrassing defeat to League Two side Albion Rovers and will be desperate to make amends when they face Celtic.

Elsewhere, on Saturday new Inverness Caledonian Thistle boss John Hughes will take his side to Paisley to face St Mirren. Hughes' new side sit in second place, having won their past five matches, while St Mirren are without a win in three games.

Partick Thistle will attempt to halt a run of five straight defeats when they travel to take on Hibernian at Easter Road, Kilmarnock are away to Ross County who are without a win in six games, St Johnstone host Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park while Hearts will attempt to put their humiliating defeat by Celtic behind them when they face Dundee United at Tannadice.

Fixtures (1500 unless otherwise stated)


Motherwell v Celtic (1945)


Dundee United v Hearts

Hibernian v Partick Thistle

Ross County v Kilmarnock

St Johnstone v Aberdeen

St Mirren v Inverness CT

Source: AFP

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