CELTIC supporter MATT McGINLEY, the East Kilbride goalkeeper, is hoping to pile on the misery and make it three in a woe for his boyhood heroes..
The shotstopper is dreaming of a Scottish Cup sensation this weekend, when his minnows face Ronny Deila’s strugglers who were knocked out of the League Cup last week and saw Aberdeen close the gap at the top of the Premiership to three points with their 2-1 win last night.
McGinley, who was also on the books of Morton and Albion Rovers, was at Hampden on Sunday when Ross County upset the odds and beat the holders 3-1.
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The keeper said: “In football, anything can happen and Sunday was the perfect example. A red card after just 13 minutes for Efe Ambrose changed things.
“We will have a game plan and we will try our best to implement it and then just see what happens on the day.
“We will probably be on the back foot for most of the game, so we know we have to defend well – and defend from the front limiting Celtic to as few opportunities as possible.
“We deserve our day out. We have had an excellent Cup run and it is a massive tie and opportunity, so we just have to go out and play to the best of our ability and enjoy the day.”
McGinley, who joined East Kilbride in the summer, added: “I am a PE teacher at the school just round the corner from our ground and the pupils are buzzing, they are so excited about this Cup-tie.
“It is by far and away the biggest game in the club’s history, so it is brilliant and everyone is looking forward to it.
“I played a few times in what is now the Championship and also in the Scottish Cup with Albion Rovers, so I have played a few big games in my time.
“All the boys have done fantastically well to get to this stage, so we have to go out and enjoy ourselves and put East Kilbride and the Lower League on the map and show it is a good standard of football.”
Matt’s dad is a prominent member of the CQN community and has previously brought his boy to play in the CQN5s, where he was marked out of the game by Setting Free The Bears!