Celtic 1 - 1 Arbroath

Match info: Scottish Cup at Celtic Park

Date: 01/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: C Charleston Att: 15,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Celtic

Alex Keddie 36 (og)

1
vs
1

Arbroath

Steven Doris 87

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: December 1 2012, 18:40 GMT

Neil Lennon insists Celtic's shock 1-1 William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round draw against Arbroath at Parkhead today will have no bearing on Wednesday night's Champions League Group G decider against Spartak Moscow.

Victor Wanyama shows Celtic's frustrations
Victor Wanyama shows Celtic's frustrations

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League champions need to do better against the Russian club than Benfica do against Barcelona in the Nou Camp in order to secure a last-16 spot

With the importance of that game in mind, the Hoops boss made nine changes to his side - who found themselves ahead in the 35th minute in somewhat comical style when Stewart Malcolm hammered a clearance from the byline off the back of fellow Red Lichties defender Alex Keddie and into the visitors' net.

Celtic created and missed a barrowload of chances while also being foiled by Arbroath keeper Scott Morrison, but with four minutes remaining Steven Doris shocked the home side when his deflected free-kick from 25 yards ended up behind stand-in keeper Lukasz Zaluska to ensure the Hoops visit Gayfield on Wednesday week.

"It will have absolutely no bearing on Wednesday whatsoever," said Lennon.

"It will be a different team out there, a different opposition, a different atmosphere and a different prize at the end of it so the players will be fully focused and I am hoping to get a different scoreline.

"You always feel that at 1-0 anything can happen and it did.

"We have missed a hatfull of chances to see the game off but we are still in the competition.

"I wanted to use my squad today and I learned some things about some players.

"I learned that I can't have a couple of people in the wall because they seem to want to jump out of the way.

"That annoyed me more than anything else, that's where the deflection came from, if they stand their ground that doesn't happen."

Celtic's last domestic home win was against St Johnstone on October 30 and Lennon, while relaxed about the result against Arbroath, wants to bring about an end to their recent poor home form.

The former Celtic skipper said: "I haven't got major problems at all - the only thing is it is another fixture - but we have to end this bogey of not winning at home.

"It was a good team we put out and that was reflected in the play.

"We were complacent in front of goal and that's what cost us the win."

Arbroath player/manager Paul Sheerin heralded his part-time side's result as an even better achievement than when he scored for then First Division Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their famous 3-1 Scottish Cup win over Celtic at Parkhead in February, 2000.

The 38-year-old said: "Obviously I was fortunate enough to be involved as a player at Inverness a few years ago - and it feels a few years now, that's for sure.

"But this probably outweighs what we did with Inverness, we were a full-time football club.

"To come to the Scottish champions with a part-time club, training four hours per week and get a result, as we have done, is up there with the best from a personal point of view, that's for sure."

As the Arbroath players disappeared to Newcastle for their Christmas night out, Sheerin claimed he was confident that his side would get a chance if they could keep Celtic at bay.

"What I did say at half-time was stay disciplined and stay in the game as long as we can," he said.

"But I am not daft. I know we were well dominated and our keeper was outstanding but I knew we would get a chance somewhere along the line.

"Granted, it came from a deflection but as a part-time club, to get a result here in any manner is incredible.

"I am absolutely delighted for the supporters and hopefully they enjoy their night."


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