Twelve years ago, Paul Sheerin scored the third goal from the penalty spot as Inverness Caledonian Thistle famously dumped Celtic out of the Scottish Cup at Celtic Park.
On Saturday, he will lead out his Arbroath side as player/manager at the same stadium as he chases a cup shock that would supersede even that notable upset.
Arbroath is more famous for its fishing than its football and Sheerin’s men will need to be at their best if they are to avoid being strung up like kippers by Neil Lennon’s SPL leaders.
The Second Division side haven’t played Celtic for nearly 20 years, but the last time they did – a League Cup tie in 1993 – they lost 9-1. This time around, the Red Lichties will be hoping to make a better fist of things, but the odds are firmly stacked against them.
You will get a price as short as 3/50 with bwin on the home side winning in 90 minutes, while Arbroath are way out at 17/1 to cause a seismic shock. The draw is viewed as similarly unlikely at 8/1.
If there was ever a time to attempt one of the biggest shocks in Scottish football history, though, it could be now.
Celtic go into the match knowing that their crunch Champions League tie with Spartak Moscow is just four days away and on the back of a hard-fought midweek victory over Hearts at Tynecastle – one of Scottish football’s most feared venues for visiting teams.
Even with ticket prices slashed to just £12, the crowd inside Celtic Park is unlikely to be large and Lennon will, in all likelihood, take the opportunity to rest some of his key players ahead of next Wednesday’s massive match.
Despite all this, though, the home team should still canter to an easy victory on Saturday.
Celtic have scored nine goals in their two cup ties at Celtic Park so far this season, hitting four past Raith Rovers and five past St Johnstone, both in the League Cup.
That’s an average of 4.5 goals scored in domestic cup ties this campaign, and both Raith and St Johnstone are considerably tougher opposition than Arbroath.
For this reason, a price of 6/4 on five or more goals being scored in the game seems like a bargain.
New customers who sign up with bwin online qualify for a free £20 bet and using that to back five or more goals between Celtic and Arbroath will return £50 if successful.