Celtic loan star underlines credentials with brilliant Ghana goal

Wakaso Mubarak wowed the home crowd in Tamale to showcase just why Celtic recruited the former Villarreal and Rubin Kazan star on loan.

Celtic new boy Wakaso Mubarak went some way to showcasing just why certain sections of the Hoops support were so excited about the 24-year-old’s arrival at Parkhead after scoring a screamer for Ghana on international duty.

The former Villarreal and Espanyol winger signed for the Bhoys on a season-long loan back in August but has endured a tricky start to his career at the club, having played just four times for the Scottish Premiership champions thus far.

And while fans were given a glimpse of his eye for goal with a fine finish against Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League earlier this season, he went one better for Ghana this week with a goal worth watching again and again.

Coming in a crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier between the Black Stars and Togo, the winger let fly from a position just past the centre circle in the oppositions half with a shot that flew straight into the top corner and put Ghana into a two-goal lead.

The strike served as a gentle reminder to some Celtic supporters that, while Wakaso has been slow to get off the mark at club level, he is more than capable of providing some extraordinary moments for the Bhoys in the weeks and months to come.

A skilful and exciting player capable of turning the course of a game, the 24-year-old has been a mainstay of the Ghana national team for much of the past four years, and was a key component of the Black Stars moderate success at the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

Wakaso netted three goals at that tournament to help Ghana reach the semi-finals, where they were duly knocked out by surprise package Sierra Leone.

With the Black Stars on course to reach the finals, which are now due to be held in Equatorial Guinea following Morocco’s withdrawal, the midfielder will be hoping to impress all over again this January.

Celtic fans, meanwhile, must be hoping he starts to show similar form for his club side, otherwise his stay in Glasgow may remain only temporary.

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