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8 shots, two on target: £2m Celtic striker Scepovic finally breaks his duck

Summer signing Stefan Scepovic has finally scored his first goal since arriving at Celtic.

Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic is off the mark after a tough spell following his summer move.

The Serbian had no goals in six games for the club since his £2 million arrival from Sporting Gijon.

He netted in the 2-1 win over Astra Giurgiu, but made hard work of it.

Scepovic had eight efforts on goal, landing only two on target, netting the opener on 73 minutes.

The striker also created two chances, and won four aerial duels in a hard working display for the SPL side.

Deila told BBC Scotland: "I kept him on the pitch because he was getting chances and I know what a goalscorer he is."

"He really wants to score for this club. He was tense before the game and it was a big relief for him when he scored.

"I'm sure this will not be his last goal for the club. When you score your first goal, you become more confident."

There was a hint from his display that Scepovic was trying a little too hard even, and now he has scored finally, some of the anxiousness will perhaps now settle down and allow him to become more composed in front of goal.

It's no wonder Deila is delighted, for seeing the striker score eases any pressure on himself, and opens up further options moving forward.

Celtic now sit top of Europa League Group D with seven points, level with Red Bull Salzburg but four clear of third place Dinamo Zagreb.

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