Wanyama grabs brace as Celtic thrash St Mirren

Oct 20, 2012
  • Victor Wanyama scored a brace in Celtic's 5-0 win over Mirren.(Photo:SNA File)

Kenyan international midfielder Victor Mugubi Wanyama struck a brace as Celtic hit St Mirren 5-0 in a Scottish Premier League on Saturday.

Just four days after doing international duty for Harambee Stars against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Nairobi, it was a vintage Wanyama  who showed up for the Hoops with two goals from the top drawer as the Scottish champions completely overran they hosts.

Wanyama scored both goals in a space of six minutes just after the half hour mark to give Celtic a 4-0 lead. On-form striker Gary Hooper got things going on 15 minutes with a simple finish after finding himself unmarked in the penalty area.

Three minutes later, St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson's fumble allowed Efe Ambrose to volley in the second.

Wanyama effectively killed off thoughts of a St Mirren fight back after 32 minutes with a low half volley through a sea of legs from just inside the penalty box from a badly-defended corner.

But the Kenyan international had more from where that came from and six minutes later he scored with a beautifully controlled side-foot drive from 25 yards into the far corner.

He should have completed his hat trick in injury but his powerful header crashed against the woodwork.

However, Tony Watt completed the rout with a headed goal late in the match.  Wanyama was part of the Harambee Stars squad that lost 1-2 to South Africa on Tuesday night in a friendly international match at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Alongside captain Dennis Oliech, Arnold Origi and midfield partner Peter Opiyo, he was among the standout players in French coach Henri Michel’s first match in charge of the Kenyan national team.

 

Nesta Kizito & Agencies

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