Date: 17th May 2009 at 10:58am
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Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink can become Celtic’s four-in-a-row title hero, according to Morten Wieghorst, even though the Dutchman has contributed few goals during the current campaign.

Wieghorst, who was part of the Celtic side that stopped Rangers winning 10 league titles on the bounce in 1998, believes big Jan will be fired on by the memory of his goal on the last game of the season last time around.

The current FC Nordsjælland manager also drew comparisons between Jan and Harald Brattbakk, who scored against St Johnstone on the final day of the 1997-98 campaign after coming off the bench, as the Norwegian had not been universally praised by the Celtic support.

Wieghorst was quoted by the Sunday Mail as saying: “Celtic have been through it before – particularly their comeback against Rangers last season. Vennegoor of Hesselink was brilliant in the final few games.

“He scored the winner in the 2-1 defeat of Rangers then the goal on the last day at Tannadice. That will inspire him to do the same this time. There are two games to go and he will want to make a contribution, be a hero again and produce what he is capable of at the vital moments.”

Whether Strachan agrees with Wieghorst remains to be seen and it’s by now means guaranteed that Jan will line-up against Hibs later today. Statistics rarely lie and it’s impossible to escape from the fact that Jan has scored just six goals this season.

And goals are just what Celtic need. If the title-race does come down to goal-difference, as is looking increasingly likely, Celtic do still have the advantage but only by a single goal – although if it comes down to goals scored, Celtic’s advantage extends to six goals.

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