Scottish football: Neil Lennon believes Celtic’s shock 1-1 Scottish Cup fourth-round draw against Arbroath at Parkhead will have no bearing on Wednesday night’s Champions League Group G decider against Spartak Moscow.
The SPL champions need a better result against the Russian club than Benfica can muster against Barcelona in the Nou Camp in order to secure a last-16 spot.
With the importance of that game in mind, the Hoops boss made nine changes to his side, who found themselves ahead in the 35th minute in comical style when Stewart Malcolm hammered a clearance from the byline off the back of fellow Red Lichties defender Alex Keddie and into the visitors’ net.
With four minutes remaining Steven Doris shocked the home side when his deflected free-kick from 25 yards ended up behind stand-in keeper Lukasz Zaluska to ensure the Hoops visit Gayfield on Wednesday week.
“It will have absolutely no bearing on Wednesday whatsoever,” said Lennon. “It will be a different team out there, a different opposition, a different atmosphere and a different prize at the end of it so the players will be fully focused and I am hoping to get a different scoreline.”
Arbroath player-manager Paul Sheerin said: “To come to the Scottish champions with a part-time club, training four hours per week and get a result, as we have done, is up there with the best from a personal point of view, that’s for sure.”
Elsewhere Aberdeen and Motherwell will also have to do battle again as Niall McGinn headed home a last-minute equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie. Jamie Murphy had given Motherwell the lead 10 minutes earlier.
Richie Foran scored in the fifth minute of added time as Inverness snatched a draw in a 3-3 thriller against Ross County.
Billy McKay had put the visitors ahead at the Global Energy Stadium on the half hour only for Rocco Quinn to equalise four minutes into the second half.
Foran put Caley back in front with 16 minutes to go back County were level again when Iain Vigurs netted with four minutes left on the clock.
Richard Brittain put the home side ahead for the first time in the second minute of added time but Foran ensured the spoils were shared.
St Mirren progressed with a 2-0 victory over Brechin City thanks to goals from Kenny McLean Jon Robertson.
Johnny Russell’s hat-trick and a brace from Jon Daly secured a routine 5-0 win for Dundee United at Stranraer, while Kilmarnock beat Queen of the South 2-1 thanks to goals from Cillian Sheridan and Borja Perez, with Nicky Clark on target for the visitors.
Forfar progressed to the next round after a 2-1 win over Ayr, while Dundee were 2-0 winners at Livingstone.
Dunfermline won 1-0 at Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers beat Deveronvale 2-1, Falkirk were 1-0 winners at Stenhousemuir, while Turriff United drew 1-1 against Morton.
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