Aaron Mooy scored a double as Celtic swept aside Morton 5-0 in the Scottish Cup, which Aziz Behich was also on the scoresheet as Dundee United cruised into the fifth round on Saturday.
Aaron Mooy opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 18th minute after a handball, while he rounded out the scoring with a close-range left-foot finish in the 84th minute.
The Socceroo earned a 9/10 rating from The Celtic Way, who wrote: “Restored to the starting line-up today in place of Matt O’Riley. He was presented with a golden opportunity from the penalty spot in the 18th minute and the Aussie expertly and confidently rammed home to make it two out of two from Celtic career spot-kicks.
“He dictated play and picked up some wonderful positions at the edge of the box and even helped himself to a second goal to make it 5-0 with five minutes left on the clock. He is a real fit in this Hoops team under Ange Postecoglou.”
Jimmy Jeggo made his debut for Hibernian following his move from Belgian club KAS Eupen on an 18-month deal, starting and playing 73 minutes in their 3-0 cup loss to Hearts on Sunday.
Jeggo was rated 5/10 by The Herald who wrote: “The Australian only completed his move to Hibs on Saturday and less than 24 hours later he found himself in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Derby. Booked after 17 minutes for a cynical challenge on Barrie McKay.”
For Hearts, Kye Rowles and Cammy Devlin both put in a full shifts, while Nathaniel Atkinson was an 81st minute substitute. Garang Kuol was unused, along with Hibs’ Aussie Lewis Miller.
Rowles was 8/10 by the Edinburgh Evening News who wrote: “Hearts’ strongest player in the opening period. Not as involved after the break but still solid.”
Devlin was 7/10 by the Edinburgh Evening News who wrote: “His usual menace off the ball, including winning it back in the build up to the second goal.”
Aziz Behich scored Dundee United’s first goal in their 3-0 win over Stirling University. Behich and Mark Birighitti both played full games.
Keanu Baccus and Ryan Strain both started as St Mirren drew 0-0 with Dundee, before winning on penalties. Baccus played 58 minutes, while Strain was replaced in the 106th minute.
45’ | 𝗚𝗢𝗔𝗟 𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗘𝗗!
There's the opener. Fletcher knocks it down for Behich who swivels and blasts home.
— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) January 21, 2023
Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan made his debut for his new Dutch club AZ as they won 3-1 over Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday.
Ryan was beaten from the penalty spot by Buruk Yilmaz in the 11th minute, sent the wrong way, but he made an excellent near-post save from a deflected cross in the 37th minute.
“Obviously my first match at home in front of the fans. It’s nice to get off to a good positive start with a win,” Ryan said.
Bailey Wright and Riley McGree faced off in the Tees-Wear derby as Sunderland beat Middlesbrough 2-0 on Sunday.
Wright was an 70th minute substitute and earned a 7/10 rating from the Evening Chronicle, who wrote: “For Alese 70mins. Came on at right-back and did a solid job.”
McGree started and played 83 minutes for Boro, with Teesside Live rating him 6/10 and writing: “He tried to make things happen for his side, but didn’t have much support in doing that.”
Harry Souttar missed Stoke City’s 4-0 win over Reading amid transfer speculation, with Leicester City reportedly having lodged two bids this week.
However, Stoke boss Alex Neil explained Souttar’s absence on Saturday was due to a minor hip injury. He said: “It’s a genuine injury. I spoke to John O’Shea, who was addressing the media before the game, to make sure he made people aware because I’m not naive, I know exactly how it’s going to go down.
“He’s got a genuine niggle and it won’t be too long. I’m not sure it’s going to be ready for this weekend (an FA Cup game against Stevenage on January 29) but he will certainly be ready for the following weekend.”
Ajdin Hrustic was absent as Hellas Verona claimed an important 2-0 home win over Lecce in Italy’s Serie A.
Cameron Burgess, Fran Karacic
Tom Rogic – SB 67, Callum Elder – SB 70, John Iredale – SB 92
Cristian Volpato, Dean Bouzanis, Alex Gersbach
Denis Genreau (inj)