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COMEBACK BHOY’S INSTANT IMPACT

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LIAM BURT emphasised the importance of making a good first impression after scoring the winning penalty-kick against Queen’s Park in the Scottish Challenge Cup – only a few hours after signing a two-year contract with Celtic.

The midfielder agreed a return to the Hoops where he had been part of the youth academy before joining up at Ibrox.

But Burt made an instant impact on his return in the spot-kick shoot-out triumph after coming on as a substitute in the Under-21s’ 2-2 draw against their Hampden counterparts, according to a report on BBC Sport.

The champions’ talent spotters reacted swiftly when the kid was released by the Govan outfit following only three substitute appearances.

The Scotland Under-21 international had not featured for the Ibrox outfit since December 2016, but made 19 appearances, four of them starts, on loan to Dumbarton. He also played 10 times the following season for Alloa.

Celtic’s colts were two goals ahead within half an hour in Airdrie last night with goals from Jack Aitchison and Armstrong Oko-Flex, but the League Two side struck back through Salim Kouider-Aissa and Adam Martin.

Burt came on immediately after the 72nd-minute equaliser and hit the decisive penalty-kick to celebrate his comeback in style.

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