JOHN GUIDETTI dedicated his first Celtic goal to his father Mike in celebration of his birthday but is hoping for a Paolo Nutini concert ticket to complete the present.
The 22-year-old Swedish striker, on loan from Manchester City, was delighted to open his account in the Hoops’ 3-0 League Cup win over Hearts at Parkhead.
A Kris Commons penalty - two minutes after Tynecastle striker Osman Sow had blasted a spot-kick over the bar - and an own goal from Jambos defender Adam Eckersley eased Ronny Deila’s side into the quarter-finals where they were drawn at home against Partick Thistle.
Guidetti has tried and so far failed to contact Celtic fan Nutini but is hoping his first-half goal, a strike from eight yards, will result in the Paisley singer possibly helping him out. The popstar plays two nights at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro next month..
He said: “It was a fantastic moment for me, a great feeling.
“It is my dad’s birthday tomorrow (Thursday) and it was for him. He was at the game.
“He has always been there and he is my dad so it is a birthday present for him. I am actually trying to get him tickets for Paolo Nutini, he is a big fan.
“I heard it was sold out. I tried to follow him on Twitter but I am not getting a follow back so I am a bit disappointed. Maybe after my goal, we can sort it out.”
Rangers were drawn at home to St Johnstone while Dundee United earned a trip to Easter Road to face Hibernian after Jaroslaw Fojut’s injury-time header earned them a second derby win in four days.
Dundee striker Greg Stewart had an early penalty saved and the visitors had Martin Boyle sent off on their way to a 1-0 Tannadice defeat.
United boss Jackie McNamara said: ‘’The most important thing was to make sure we were in the next round. Performance-wise we can play better but we have to give them credit for the way they battled for each other and made it hard for us.’’
Hamilton set up a trip to face holders Aberdeen after teenager Craig Watson netted the clinching penalty to seal a sudden-death win over Motherwell following a goalless Lanarkshire derby at New Douglas Park.
Accies boss Alex Neil said: “It’s a difficult draw but when you get to this stage of the competition, it was always going to be hard.
“Pittodrie is a daunting place to go at the moment but it’s another challenge for us and we’ll go up there and give it our best shot.”