Arbroath v Celtic as it happened

A wonderful goal from Adam Matthews edges Celtic past a spirited Arbroath side in the Scottish Cup.

12 December 2012 Last updated at 22:02

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As it happened

  1. 2159: 

    I'll sign off now. Thanks for your company and contributions.

    Celtic are through to the last 16 in the Scottish Cup but Arbroath must take great credit for a spirited showing at Gayfield.


    Steve a66 via text: "it's sad to hear Neil Lennon blaming the pitch for #Celtic struggling tonight. Arbroath played on the same pitch."

  3. 2153: 

    I've seen a few replays of that chalked off effort for the home side. There was an Arbroath player jostling in front of Fraser Forster and another with his arm brushing against the keeper but contact looked minimal. The ref's whistle went straight away and Steven Doris had heard it before he smashed the ball in from close-range because he looked gutted as he finished it off...

  4. 2149: 
    Arbroath player-manager Paul Sheerin on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Over 180 minutes to match the champions of Scotland as we did, I'm very proud of my team.

    "For the first 20-25 minutes Celtic were very good and caused us a lot of problems but after that our shape was good.

    "It's a bit frustrating but we did ourselves justice with our performance.

    "I hope the younger players learn from that and want more nights like this."

  5. 2147: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The pitch was a real leveller. It was so frosty and the ball was running away as the pitch got harder and harder. It was a bit dangerous at times.

    "I knew it would be hard that's why I chose an experienced team.

    "Overall, I'm very pleased. I'm just delighted that we are still in all of the competitions going into the New Year."


    Ryan Fox via text: "feel arbroath was the better team tonight, celtic never had any sight at goal in the last 20-30 minutes! With a strong team such as that they had out tonight they should be scoring 5 or 6 against a part time mid table division 2 side!"

  7. 2145: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Gayfield

    "The Second Division side will take huge plaudits for the way they performed, rarely allowing Celtic to relax. Indeed the SPL champions were being instructed to take the ball into the corner by Neil Lennon by the end, such was the discomfort being felt by the visitors. But it is Celtic who progress. Will Raith Rovers pose them as stern a test in the next round?"

  8. 2142: 
    Celtic goal-hero Adam Matthews on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We were not at our best but we got the job done.

    "I don't score many. That's just the second and the first one was lucky. I just thought 'why not' and lucky for me it ended up in the top corner.

    "You need the right attitude in these games, we knew it would be their cup final and they made it difficult for us."

  9. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Arbroath 0-1 Celtic

    Well, Arbroath were on top for long spells in the second-half, playing some tidy stuff. Celtic looked to be cruising after Adam Matthews lashed in a wonderful goal on 18 minutes but the SPL leaders were hanging on a bit against the Second Division part-timers.

  10. 2136: 

    Beram Kayal is in behind the home defence with a chance to finish the tie off but he takes an extra touch and the ball clips the heel ofa defender and bobbles off to safety.

  11. 2133: 

    Scott Robertson takes out Celtic sub Gary Hooper from behind and gets a yellow card for his cynical challenge. We're into stoppage-time now...

  12. 2132: 

    Celtic goal-scorer Adam Matthews trudges off to be replaced by Dylan McGeouch. The visitors wasting a bit of time as they hang on...


    James Kettlewell on Twitter: "arbroath should be 2-1 up, decision to take sibanda off may come back to haunt them! #bbcsportsound"

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  14. 2129: 

    Georgios Samaras is booked for deliberate handball as he helps out the flustered Celtic defence. Paul Currie flights in a free-kick but the ball is steered clear by the imposing figure of Victor Wanyama.

  15. 2127: 

    Paul Currie is given ample time to collect the ball on his chest and have a strike at goal from 25 yards. The ball bounces a couple of feet wide.


    Nico via text: "You mention chick is baffled (2108), how many times a day does that happen?"

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  17. 2124: 

    Just less than 10 minutes to go now. Arbroath have really made Celtic sweat in the second half. Can the Red Lichties keep it up?


    Tom Watson on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound Re 2058 Arbroath smokie quiche?! Ya Arbroath softie"

  19. 2121: 

    Celtic have replaced the disappointing Lassad with top scorer Gary Hooper. Victor Wanyama is also on, taking the place of Emilio Izaguirre.

  20. 2120: 

    It's all happening now, as Scott Morrison makes a smart save to keep out a Beram Kayal header, then play swings to the other end and Fraser Forster has to spread himself to stop a shot from Connor Birse.

    Birse and Derek Holmes are on for Arbroath old-timers Paul Sheerin and Brian Kerr.

  21. 2117: 

    Steven Doris lines up a free-kick from roughly the same place as he scored [with the help of a huge deflection] at Celtic Park. The crowd goes quiet in anticipation and the forward blazes the ball miles over the top.

  22. 2117: 

    Dan Rennie is on for the home side, with Lee Sibanda making way.

  23. 2115: 

    Arbroath's Paul Currie curls in a teasing free-kick but it finds no takers and whistles by the far post. It just needed someone to attack it.


    Graeme Thomson on Twitter: "Terrible decision by the referee there. No foul! Goal should have stood for #arbroath #ScottishCup #bbcsportsound"

    StAUMFC on Twitter: "The entire St Andrews Uni Football Club supporting our 2nd team coach Lee Sibanda tonight! Come on Sibby get us a goal!"

  25. 2111: 

    Arbroath have their tails up now and Celtic look a bit rattled. Lee Sibanda cuts into the penalty area but his deflected shot bobbles into the arms of Fraser Forster.

    Soon after, Forster comes a long way to gather a floating free-kick from Paul Sheerin and makes a mess of it, losing the ball from his grasp. Charlie Mulgrew is on hand to hack the ball clear.

  26. 2108: 

    BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young has studied a few replays of the incident and says he is baffled by the decision to give Celtic a foul. There were a few maroon shirts clustered round Fraser as he dropped the ball, allowing a player to nod the ball on and another to hammer it in from just a few inches out.

  27. 2105: 

    Arbroath have the ball in the net but the whistle had sounded early for a foul on Fraser Forster. BBC Radio Scotland commentator Rob Maclean certainly didn't hear the ref's peep; he was fairly roaring for the 'equaliser'.

  28. 2104: 

    Celtic keeper Fraser Forster looks uneasy for the first time as a Paul Sheerin cross evades him but Lee Sibanda heads wide.

  29. 2102: 

    There are a few Celtic passes going astray, with Efe Ambrose a notable culprit. The big Nigerian is pushing forward from defence but is maybe more of hindrance than help to his team-mates.

  30. 2058: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Gayfield

    "The fare on the park here has been decent but it pales in comparison to the off-field hospitality. The Arbroath Smokie quiche was a particular delight."

  31. 2056: 

    Scott Morrison flaps at a free-kick from Charlie Mulgrew and the ball drops to Scott Brown on the edge of the penalty area. However, the Celtic striker sclaffs a first-time effort harmlessly wide.

  32. 2055: 

    Paul Currie plays a wee one-two before darting into the penalty from the right but he slashes a shot wide when a ball across goal might have been the better option. Much more promising from Arbroath...

  33. 2053: 

    Home player-manager Paul Sheerin swings a good free-kick into the mixer and Stuart Malcolm is booked for leading with his studs as Fraser Forster gathers bravely.

  34. 2051: 

    Arbroath are pushing men further up the park than they did in the first half, when lone striker Steven Doris was often isolated.

  35. 2048: 

    A long-throw bobbles around in the Celtic penalty area but keeper Fraser Forster takes control of the situation, throwing his large frame over the ball to snuff out any potential danger.

  36. 2047: 

    Arbroath get the second half up and running. No changes in personnel.

  37. 2045: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Gayfield

    "Arbroath competing well with their illustrious visitors, without being able to test Fraser Forster. Celtic look pretty comfortable, but as the old cliche goes, a one-goal lead is a precarious one. Lassad is not remotely impressive it has to be said. The goal that separates the sides was hugely impressive, a real rocket from Matthews."

  38. 2044: 
    BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "I don't think there will be an issue with Arbroath's fitness. They were chasing after everything in the final 15 minutes in the first game at Celtic Park."

  39. 2041: 
    BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "I think Paul Sheerin will be delighted because Arbroath are still in the game. Neil Lennon will be saying 'we are passing it well but we need another goal to take the pressure off' because Celtic haven't really created many chances."


    Alex, Aberdeen via text: "Why is there a dedicated text commentary tonight and there wasn't one last night for TWO matches?"

    I can see this match from the warmth of BBC HQ, whereas there were no available live pictures for last night's action. It's as simple as that.

    We get away with live text coverage at the weekends when there are a number of games on at the same time and we can rely on our reporters around the grounds.

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  41. 2035: 

    Of course, much the same summary would apply to the first half of the initial tie at Celtic Park and we all know what happened there.

  42. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Arbroath 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic lead this Scottish Cup fourth round replay thanks to a stunning strike from Adam Matthews after 18 minutes.

    Arbroath have worked hard but visiting goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been a spectator for the first 45 minutes.

  43. 2026: 

    Arbroath midfielder Brian Kerr picks up a daft yellow card, having a wee kick at a grounded Kelvin Wilson after the Celtic defender had ushered the ball behind the byline. The former Motherwell and Hibs man should know better than that.

  44. 2025: 

    Celtic have gone a bit flat in the last 10 minutes and that has allowed the home side to see a bit more of the ball. Visiting manager Neil Lennon will want another goal or two to avoid a repeat of the initial tie when Arbroath grabbed a late leveller.

  45. 2021: 

    Arbroath are getting more numbers forward now in support of lone striker Steven Doris but the part-timers have not had a clear sight of goal yet.

  46. 2019: 

    Celtic really should be 2-0 up as Charlie Mulgrew picks out Georgios Samaras with a lovely, long pass. The Greek lays it on a plate for Lassad but the forward's shot from 10 yards is weak and straight at keeper Scott Morrison, who stops it with his knees.

  47. 2016: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Gayfield

    "The Celtic fans are in boisterous good spirits behind Fraser Forster's goal. Not so sure the local constabulary are loving the smoke bombs, but things are going well for their team on the park. They're in total control thanks to that scorcher from Adam Matthews."

  48. 2014: 

    Arbroath make their way to the edge of the Celtic penalty area but are not decisive enough in their passing to find an opening. The home side win a corner but player-manager Paul Sheerin makes a mess of his delivery. He might need to have a stern word with himself about that...


    Michael Behan on Twitter: "Adam Matthews really excelling in wing back role , motm on Saturday & great goal tonight #bbcsportsound"

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  50. 2008: 

    That's a sore one for Arbroath, who had just started to get a foothold in the game but there wasn't much anyone could have done to stop that rocket shot from the Welsh international.

  51. 2004: 
    GOAL- Arbroath 0-1 Celtic (Matthews)

    What a screamer! Adam Matthews romps forward from his right wing-back position and just keeps going before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 20 yards.

  52. 2003: 

    The ball falls to Arbroath player-manager Paul Sheerin at the edge of the penalty box but his shot is blocked by the head of a visiting defender.


    Ryan Murphy on Twitter: "I'm Celtic fan and my cousin is in goal for Arbroath tonight. Gotta go with Stig of the Dump in goals tonight, sorry Celtic!"

  54. 2000: 

    A good free-kick from Charlie Mulgrew causes some consternation in the home penalty box. Georgios Samaras clips a neat shot on the turn that is well pushed away by Scott Morrison but the whistled had already sounded for an earlier infringement.


    Opta Steve on Twitter: "If Lee Sibanda scores tonight it will be his 100th career goal and against the team he supported as a boy. Fate #bbcsportsound"

  56. 1956: 

    Celtic have the ball in the net as Lassad converts a low cross from Georgios Samaras but the Tunisian forward had strayed offside.

  57. 1955: 

    Lots of gloves and thermal tops on show from the visitors. Nothing namby-pamby like that for Red Lichties, with most of the home team in short-sleeves.

  58. 1952: 

    A cross from Adam Matthews causes problems for the home side, with a defender taking no chances and heading the ball behind for a corner, with Morrison diving off his line to collect.

  59. 1950: 

    Lassad races down the right flank to whip in a cross for Georgios Samaras but the Celtic striker's header is straight at home keeper Scott Morrison.


    Doug Smiddy: "Alex Keddie to score the winning goal for arbroath to make up for his unlucky og in the first game."

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  61. 1948: 

    The lights have gone off in the main stand but the floodlights are still working fine. It might mean the half-time pies are cold.

  62. 1947: 

    Celtic get the game started at Gayfield.

  63. 1946: 

    A bit of a delay in the tunnel but the teams are out on the park now.


    Leo Smithson on Twitter: "Celtic not got a prayer tonight with unpredictable Sibanda back in the starting line up. #bbcsportsound"

  65. 1943: 

    The capacity at Gayfield Park is listed at just under 6,000. The wee ground looks like it's bursting at the seams.


    Tom Watson on Twitter: "good 2 c a more or less full strength squad 4 this match as nothin can b taken 4 granted. Celtic team quite strong too."

  67. 1938: 

    Highlights of last night's Scottish Cup action have just been published on the BBC Sport website. You can have a look at Inverness's win over Ross County and Aberdeen's triumph at Fir Park but make sure you come back...


    Steve in Dundee: "Gayfield is 16 feet from the sea."

    Danny in Kilmacolm: "Tell Chick to go across to the terracing with a fishing rod and he'll see just how close he is to the sea!"

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  69. 1936: 

    Quick bit of background on tonight's home team...

    Arbroath were founded in 1878, which makes them 10 years older than tonight's opponents.

    The Red Lichties hold the world record for the biggest winning score in senior football, having beaten Bon Accord a staggering 36-0 in a Scottish Cup tie back in 1885.

    Gayfield Park is the closest football ground to the sea in Britain.


    Victor Jugo from Bathgate via text: "Was it not The Faroes that remind us of Gayfield?"

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  71. 1932: 

    Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon on Twitter: "After years winding-up Alastair Alexander for taking a portable heater to matches... I've just bought a portable heater to take to matches!"

    Cue jokes about hot air...

  72. 1930: 


    Will we get an upset at Gayfield? Surely, Arbroath had their moment in the sun at Celtic Park.

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  73. 1927: 

    The speciality of Arbroath is, of course, the smokie. A smoked haddock, which fairly packs a pungent punch.

    And the Angus town is famous for the Declaration of Arbroath, which confirmed the nation's independent status way back in 1320. I think BBC Scotland's Chick Young was covering that one for the Arbroath Herald...

  74. 1923: 

    It looks like Celtic might be experimenting with a back three again, using Adam Matthews and Emilio Izaguirre as wing-backs.

  75. 1921: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Gayfield

    "Pah! So much for the infamous wind that blows in off the North Sea here. Not so much as a flicker of a breeze far less a gale. It's not exactly tropical, mind. Georgios Samaras came out for his pre-match walkabout with the biggest muffler I've ever seen. Anyway, there's a wee frost beginning to take hold on the pitch, but it'll be fine once the players get running on it. Celtic have named a strong side, looking to ensure there is no cup shock. Plenty of experience in the home ranks, with player-manager Paul Sheerin starting along with Alex Keddie and Brian Kerr."

  76. 1920: 

    Arbroath: Morrison, Baxter, Hamilton, Malcolm, Keddie, Sibanda, Kerr, Currie, Scott Robertson, Sheerin, Doris. Subs: Bullock, Gribben, Rennie, Holmes, Birse.

    Celtic: Forster, Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew, Matthews, Izaguirre, Brown, Kayal, Samaras, Nouioui, Lustig. Subs: Zaluska, Miku, McGeouch, Wanyama, Hooper.

    Referee: Craig Charleston

  77. 1918: 

    Beram Kayal, Georgios Samaras and Mikael Lustig return to the Celtic starting XI following the 3-1 win at Kilmarnock on Saturday.

  78. 1917: 

    The part-timers of Arbroath sit mid-table in Division Two, while Celtic have reached the last 16 in the Champions League. But that didn't stop the Red Lichties grabbing a late draw in Glasgow on 1 December.

  79. 1915: 

    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Celtic's Scottish Cup fourth round replay visit to Arbroath.

    The other cup games; Dumbarton v Hamilton and Cowdenbeath v St Johnstone have again fallen victim to the freezing weather.

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