Lichties go west for cup glory

Mr Sheerin is determined the Lichties will give a good account of themselves.
Mr Sheerin is determined the Lichties will give a good account of themselves.

ARBROATH player/manager Paul Sheerin will face one of his toughest challenges tomorrow (Saturday) when the Lichties make the journey to Parkhead.

But is the Maroons’ gaffer worried? Apparently not, and he is confident that his side can put on a good show for the travelling support.

Mr Sheerin explained: “It’s going to be difficult, there’s no denying that. It’s a no pressure game which is nice, just as long as we acquit ourselves in the right manner.”

Coming off the back of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of East Fife at Bayview Stadium, Arbroath probably haven’t picked the easiest of games to stage a comeback.

The gaffer said: “It’s not going to be an easy game for us to get back on track with, but it could be possibly the biggest upset in Scottish Cup history.”

However, the boss has a ‘never say die’ attitude, and the luck of the draw could see Celtic vent their fury over their loss to Inverness long before Saturday comes around.

On Wednesday night the Hoops ripped the heart out of Tynecastle with a 4-0 victory which will strengthen their hold over the SPL.

Mr Sheerin hoped that would happen and is looking for his opposite number at Parkhead to underestimate the Lichties’ capabilities.

He explained: “They’ve got two massive games coming up and we’re wedged in between them. They had Hearts on Wednesday and then Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

“They’re more likely to focus on those two games and see us as more of a sideshow. They may possibly rest a few of their first team as a result as they look more to Tuesday night.

“Hopefully that will work in our favour, but fringe players can be dangerous as they have a lot more to prove.”

The gaffer was a bit coy about giving any hints as to his preferred line-up for Saturday, but he did reveal that he had a full squad to choose from and that Mark Baxter could be in the running.

He said: “We’ll find out more at training, but Mark should be OK, fingers crossed. He’s had a bit of good news so the adrenaline will be pumping a bit for him as he’s just had a little girl.

“It’s still up in the air, I’m not sure exactly how we’ll play this. I’ll have a chat with Tony [Bullock] and Stuart [Malcolm] at training and see what their thoughts are.”

Considering this could be one of the biggest games in recent Arbroath history, HeraldSport asked the boss if that had caused him to change his routine.

He answered: “It’s no different. We’ve worked hard as usual, the same Monday and Wednesday with training, that doesn’t change.

“We just prepare the same as we do most weeks, that doesn’t change. The only difference this week is the game’s against an SPL team.”

All 850 tickets allocated to the Arbroath away support have been sold, so the Maroons can enjoy some strong support from the travelling Lichties.

l For those Lichties unlucky enough not to get a ticket, HeraldSport will be reporting live from Parkhead come Saturday afternoon. Follow us on Twitter @LichtiesNews to get the action as it happens, and look out for more on our website on Monday.