Teemu Pukki nets hat-trick as Celtic thrash LASK Linz 5-2 in Austria

Teemu Pukki scores against Hearts at Tynecastle in February
Image: Teemu Pukki: Hit hat-trick in 5-2 win against Linz

Teemu Pukki continued to stake a claim for a starting place in Celtic's opening Champions League qualifier as he hit a hat-trick in a 5-2 friendly victory over LASK Linz.

The Finland striker came off the bench to score Celtic's equaliser in their draw against Rapid Vienna on Sunday.

And he continued to put down an impressive marker in Austria on Tuesday evening.

Pukki, a largely peripheral figure in Celtic's team last season, equalised before and after the break for a youthful Celtic team.

First he emphatically converted a Leigh Griffiths cross, and then he finished off an Adam Matthews cutback, moments after some poor defending from a corner had allowed the Austrian hosts to go 2-1 up.

Pukki grabbed his hat-trick in the 64th minute before teenage midfielder Liam Henderson was harshly sent off after being shown a second yellow card for dissent, for complaining when the award of a throw-in went against him.

Celtic coped well with being a man down, and good work from Dylan McGeouch set up Amido Balde before Griffiths made it five late on.

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