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‘It’s time for me now,’ says Ipswich Town attacker Bersant Celina. Watch his wonder goal at QPR

PUBLISHED: 18:32 09 September 2017 | UPDATED: 19:46 09 September 2017

Bersant Celina rifles home a late goal for Ipswich at QPR Picture Pagepix

Bersant Celina rifles home a late goal for Ipswich at QPR Picture Pagepix

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Bersant Celina was happy to get off the mark for Ipswich Town, on his 21st birthday, in the Blues’ 2-1 defeat at QPR on Saturday.

The Kosovo-born winger rifled home an unstoppable drive from 30 yards, with two minutes of normal time left, to spur the visitors into action.

However, goals from Jamie Mackie and Luke Freeman meant Celina’s strike was a mere consolation as the Blues left Loftus Road empty-handed.

“I am just really pleased for myself to get a goal, that’s what I want to do, and of course it was nice to score on my birthday,” said the on-loan Manchester City winger.

“I think I can score any kind of goals and I showed what I can do today.

Celina has yet to start a league game for the Blues, following his summer switch from City, his time at Town so far punctuated by illness.

Now he hopes he can force his way into the first-team, following a successful loan spell at FC Twente last season.

“I have been struggling with illness and obviously the team have been doing really well so it’s been hard, but I think it’s time for me now in the next game.

“The manager has been waiting for the right opportunity to play me.

“I came from Manchester City to play games, that’s why he brought me here, and I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t start me the next game (next Saturday against Bolton).

Celina’s strike was a collector’s item from long distance, much like Tom Lawrence’s strike on the same ground last season.

“I scored a better goal in the under-23s (at Sheffield Wednesday), but this was my best professional goal,” added Celina, who insisted the dressing room was disappointed after a second sucessive league defeat.

“We are all really disappointed, we would have been the better team if we had worked harder. I just didn’t happen for us.”

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Blues boss Roy Keane could be in direct competition for the Republic of Ireland job if Martin O’Neill is lured to Stoke City, according to the Irish Sun.

And so the heat is once again turned down on the bubbling pot of discontent.

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