Can the 
‘go ballistic’ 
this time?

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ARBROATH player/manager Paul Sheerin will always be remembered as the man who scored the winner the night ‘Super Caley’ went ballistic against Celtic 12 years ago.

But if his Arbroath side do manage to pull off a result at Parkhead tomorrow (Saturday) the boss reckons it would be a far bigger achievement than that game 12 years ago.

It was 2000 when Inverness Caledonian Thistle travelled to Celtic to face them in a cup tie, with Mr Sheerin scoring a penalty in that game, ensuring a famous 3-1 win.

And even though that night was a long time ago, it is still one of the most talked about points of his career.

The boss explained: “Even now there is still no getting away from that result and every time the Scottish Cup comes around it is always something people want to talk about, which is not a bad thing.

“I remember that night after the game we had our picture taken with one of the guys who was part of the Berwick Rangers team who pulled off the famous win against Rangers in the cup.

“And he said to us this is going to stick with you now and it has.

“But going to Parkhead this time is a lot different because we are a part-time club whereas when I was at Inverness, we were in the First Division.

“So if we were to get a result it would be a far bigger achievement.

“There is always the belief that we can go there and get a result.

“But we have nothing to lose and we will enjoy the day.”

Apart from that famous tie, Mr Sheerin has had the opportunity to play at Parkhead on several occasions and it is ground that holds mixed memories.

He said: “I’ve gone there and been on the receiving end of a few batterings.

“But of course there is the Inverness result and we went there with Aberdeen and won to break Celtic’s run of 77 games unbeaten.

“It is a beautiful arena to play in and a great place to go.

“Chances like these don’t come around that often so hopefully we can go there on the day with nothing to lose and enjoy the experience.

After drawing 3-3 in the third round of the Scottish Cup against Inverurie Locos, the Lichties had to win their cup replay against the Highland League side at Gayfield to ensure the route to play Neil Lennon’s men

And even though there was initial excitement surrounding the draw, the boss knew he had to play it down until his team overcame Inverurie in the cup replay.

He said: “I couldn’t get to see the draw because I was working that day and I had been trying to look on the computer.

“I then ‘phoned my 
wife and at that point Celtic had just come out and then 
I thought it might have been us or Inverurie so it is 
funny the way things work out.

“Of course there is the initial excitement but then I had to try and play it down as much as I could because we had that big game against Inverurie in the replay.

“Now we just have to go there and see what we can do.

“But we will enjoy our day whatever happens.”