Sheerin eyes another giant killing in cup

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin already knows a thing or two about cup upsets and on Sunday he will be going out to cause another one at Gayfield.

In his time at St Johnstone he was part of the team that saw off Rangers in a League Cup clash and he also scored for the ‘Super Caley’ team which recorded a memorable cup win against Celtic in 2000.

Despite his team having to face the reigning SPL champions in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday, he is totally focused on getting the Lichties into the fifth round.

And even though Arbroath are two divisions below the Ibrox men, Mr Sheerin says his players still have the belief they could pull off a really special result.

He said: “You have to believe you can win any game regardless of who you are playing.

“There is always that belief and we will be preparing to win the game.

“Realistically, Rangers will have to be off the ball a bit as when you compare our squad to theirs, pound for pound they have a massive advantage.

“But we have to look at it like we have nothing to lose playing them on the day.

“And to be honest the pressure is probably going to be all on them as they are having a sticky patch in the league and losing their 15 point lead has been well documented.

“But for us, we will just go out there and play as we always do.”

Several players including Gavin Swankie, Kieran McAnespie and the manager himself have come up against Old Firm opposition in the past but for the younger players in the squad they will be eager to be involved.

And regardless of experience, the manager knows all of his players will be eager to stake a place in the starting 11 and pull on the maroon jersey on Sunday.

He added: “Everybody wants to be involved and everybody is desperate to be picked to start.

“Playing against Rangers on Sky Sports will make the players want to make a statement.

“With Gayfield going to be almost a full house it will be packed and I’m sure the atmosphere will be amazing.

“And it is those occasions you like to play in.”

During his career the boss has faced Rangers many times and even though he has enjoyed a degree of success, he admits he has also been on the receiving end of a few defeats too.

But as a player his most memorable giant killing came in 2000 when playing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, they beat Celtic 3-1, despite being massive underdogs.

Mr Sheerin explained: “We only had odds of 18-1 of getting a win which shows how much we were the underdogs.

“We started the game well but when Celtic scored we kind of thought that would be it but it wasn’t to be and we managed to win 3-1.

“It was absolutely unbelievable and it went worldwide.

“We were receiving e-mails from all over the place congratulating us.”

And if the Lichties do manage to pull of a shock result, it can be assured they will enjoy the same sort of attention.

The game is already being broadcast live on Sky Sports ensuring a worldwide audience and a win would definitely go down in the Gayfield history books.

And for the boss and his players the cup tie is an occasion they will enjoy and do their best to get Arbroath into the next round.

Mr Sheerin added: “This is massive financially for the club with the game being on Sky and with a big crowd we hope they will all get behind us.

“We will be enjoying the build up and then giving it 100 per cent.

“And then hopefully we will be able to do something special.

“But we know we have to earn the right to win the game.”