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Joe Miller: Part-timers will be dreaming of beating Celtic

By January 13, 2016No Comments
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Ten years ago Joe Miller helped mastermind a giant-killing of his former side Celtic when at Clyde.

Now he says East Kilbride and Lothian Thistle will be dreaming of their own fairytale ending against the Scottish champions.

The Lowland league pair will fight it out next Wednesday for a meeting with Celtic in the Scottish Cup fifth round.

And Miller, who was Clyde no.2 when they beat Celtic 2-1 on Roy Keane’s debut for the Hoops in 2006, says anything can happen in the Cup.

“I’m sure both sets of players will be dreaming that they can turnover Celtic,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.

“Anything can happen. I know all about Cup upsets. It is a mountain to overcome when you look at the players at Celtic.

“The East Kilbride and Lothian Thistle players will have jobs during the week, working 9-5pm but the prospect of coming up against full-time Celtic players will be a dream for them.”

The two-time Scottish Cup winner reflected on the slaying of Celtic on Roy Keane’s debut.

The then-First Division side surged ahead through Craig Bryson and Eddie Malone before Celtic’s Maciej Zurawski netted but the Bully Wee held on for a famous win.

“All the attention was on Keane that day and that’s where the fairytale fell on the back and the shoulders of the players that we put together,” he said.

“These young kids had all been released by other clubs so they thought their careers were over so they had this second chance and when we put them together and they gelled they turned out a good side.

“They had nothing to fear that day. We were fortunate that quite a few of the Celtic players were injured or suspended and that went in our favour. We were giant-killers that day.

“I can’t see East Kilbride or Lothian Thistle turning over Celtic but it will be a tasty tie as far as they are concerned.

“The motivation itself will be there it’s just how they play on the day.

“They’ll hope to make life as difficult as possible for the Celtic players if they can dream a wee bit and turn that into a reality it would be phenomenal.”