Tonight, Arbroath will get the sort of chance that doesn’t always come along for a 2nd Division side. A cup replay against Celtic must be a huge bonus for the Angus club and it’ll be an entertaining winters evening for the locals as well.
Celtic on the other hand will be looking to kill this match off as they should have done at Celtic Park. Home advantage has not exactly been kind to the Hoops this season, on the domestic scene anyway.
Away form has been the success of Neil Lennon’s team both in Europe and domestically. The players going out there tonight will be administered with the task of not doing anything silly.
In all fairness to Arbroath, Celtic gave them a bit too much respect in Glasgow. You could even say they were complacent.
Lennon knows the score when travelling around Scotland though. Gayfield is a new venture for the Celtic manager so he is bound to have his wits about him.
One man returning to Arbroath is their former manager, Danny McGrain. The Celtic first team coach managed the club between 1992 and 1994.
I wonder if any of his bearded army will be out tonight? Danny looks about as old then as he does now but his promotion from the Development Squad shows you just how far he has come.
It’s doubtful though that Danny will be able to offer any insight to tonight’s fixture. The task for this evenings match is simple.
Maintain possession and avoid complacency. The goals will come in and around that mindset.
Arbroath will have a go for sure, but Celtic should have this one wrapped up. Neil will be looking to continue with the team’s domestic revival, and erase that result in Glasgow.
He can also enjoy the steady return to fitness of his players after a hard fought European battle. The efforts made on that scene have distracted and disabled the team for the better part of the campaign.
With a little luck, we should be seeing the more players coming back now. Tonight though, all I want is a wonder goal from Paddy and glut of goals from Celtic.
And let’s hope that pitch isn’t too frozen. Arbroath in January will be harsher than December for sure!