The Red Lichties Come To Parkhead This Weekend
In less than twenty four hours, Scottish Premier League Champions Celtic will take on Arbroath at Celtic Park in the Scottish Cup. The side affectionately known as “The Red Lichties” (a reference to an old red light that used to guide ships into the town’s harbour) currently sit fifth in the Second Division. They have only won one of their last five league matches, and their away form leaves a bit to be desired, with only one away win to their name so far this campaign. In that time, they’ve scored seven times, and conceded nineteen.
Managed by Paul Sheerin, an ex-youth player at Celtic, the Club boasted the world record for the largest ever victory in professional football for over one hundred years, having beaten Bon Accord 36-0 in 1885. However, this has been broken in the last decade, as a side in Madagascar protested by purposefully putting the ball into their own net, straight from kick off, over and over again. This resulted in the scoreline reading: “AS Adema 149 SO l’Emryne 0″ (and no, I’m not kidding).
The club play at Gayfield Park, which holds a little under six thousand people, and is the closest professional ground in Britain to the sea. One notable previous manager of the club was none other than Danny McGrain. The club also have a fierce rivalry with Montrose.
Anyway, whilst Celtic are strong favourites for this one, they would be incredibly naive to presume they will be their visitors, who will undoubtedly be right up for it come kick off. Interestingly, Celtic hold the record for Arbroath’s worst defeat, beating them 9-1 in the League Cup in 1993.