Boss thinks players have to believe

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FOR THE second time in less than a week Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin will be plotting the downfall of Scottish champions Celtic in the Scottish Cup.

After already holding the Parkhead men to a draw on Saturday the Lichties will welcome them to Gayfield on Wednesday for the televised replay.

Nobody expected the Maroons to equalise so late in the game through Steven Doris, especially given just weeks ago Celtic recorded a win against the world’s best team Barcelona in the Champions League.

And after already proving they can hold their own against the Old Firm giants, the boss is looking for more of the same come Wednesday night and is quietly confident.

He told HeraldSport: “We will prepare in the same way but we know it is probably going to be more difficult this time.

“They will go into this game knowing more about what we are about and really we shouldn’t win.

“But anything can happen in football.

“Even last week, you might say it was delusional to think we could get something from the game.

“But if you don’t have the belief, it would be wrong and no point starting the game.

“We did what we had to by keeping disciplined and keeping our shape and the players did everything we asked of them.”

Since Saturday’s result, the club has been inundated with messages of support and congratulations from all over the world.

And the boss admitted that even after a week of reflection, the game will mean a lot to him.

He explained: “It is a big achievement because we are a part-time club and we went away to their ground and got a result.

“As far as one off individual games go it is up there with the Inverness result.

“We had brilliant support it really was incredible and when the boys ran into the corner after we had scored, I’m sure that is something all the supporters there will remember.”

However, before the money spinning clash on Wednesday night, the Lichties need to get back to league business and will welcome Stenhousemuir to Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday).

Paul Sheerin’s men’s form has been inconsistent of late and now he is demanding they concentrate on tomorrow’s encounter before even thinking about Wednesday night.

He said: “We have to try and get focused because we want to stay within the chasing pack.

“All it is going to take is another good two or three wins to get back up there as the league is so tight this year.

“It is hard to get away from Wednesday night when you have to sort out things like tickets.

“But I’m sure the players will want to put in a good performance tomorrow so they can get their place in the team for Wednesday.”

Mr Sheerin should have a full squad to chose from and is hoping the game could provide a platform for a good league run.

He added: “It would be nice to get some consistency as we seem to win and then maybe lose then have a draw.

“We need to go on a run of wins and not doing that has been frustrating.”