Adam Matthews (18 mins)
The William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round Replay
, Dec 12, 2012
Ground: Gayfield Park , Kickoff: 19:45 , Att 4,127
Hoops boosted by recovering duo Defender Mikael Lustig and midfielder Paddy McCourt have recovered from hamstring injuries ahead of Celtic's Scottish Cup fourth-round replay against Arbroath at Gayfield Park.
Striker Gary Hooper has recovered from a virus, but midfielder Kris Commons will be out for another seven to 10 days with a thigh injury.
Winger James Forrest will resume training on Monday as he continues his recovery from a hamstring complaint.
Manager Neil Lennon insisted the clash was high on his list of priorities.
"We are taking this game very seriously," he said.
"It is a different competition but one where we have had no recent success and we would like to progress so it is another important game.
"The way things have been going in the last week to 10 days, you want to keep that feel-good factor going and this is potentially very dangerous.
"I have been on the end of a few cup upsets as a player and a manager and I don't want that to happen tomorrow." Lennon also revealed he was encouraged by Monday's meeting with the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer, Vincent Lunny.
A delegation of Scottish Premier League managers, including Steve Lomas, Kenny Shiels and Jim Jefferies, met with Lunny at Hampden following a recent plea by Lennon for better communication between bosses, referees and the SFA and clearer guidelines on acceptable behaviour.
Lennon has not been in trouble this season but fellow Irishmen Lomas and Shiels have found themselves in hot water recently. St Johnstone manager Lomas, currently subject of an eight-match touchline ban, faces further sanctions after being called before an SFA disciplinary hearing later this month for kicking a water bottle during his team's 1-0 defeat against Hibernian on 28 November.
Kilmarnock manager Shiels has been served with two separate notices of complaint from the Scottish FA.
The Rugby Park boss has to explain critical remarks made about referee Euan Norris after his side's defeat to Inverness on 3 November, and he faces further scrutiny after protesting against the red card shown to his captain Manuel Pascali during a home defeat to St Johnstone last month.
Lunny will meet with all the SPL bosses in the new year but Lennon believes progress has already been made in a bid to eradicate some of the tension between managers and the authorities.
"It was very productive," he said.
"It wasn't a question of any heated arguments, it was just points being put across from both sides and John Fleming (SFA's head of referee development) came in for the last hour or so.
"Alex Smith, head of the managers' association, was there and we are hoping to draw up a few proposals to take to Vincent and see where that takes us.
"One rule was brought up, (what can be said in post-match press conferences) we feel that there is a vague sort of grey areas in the rules and sanctions on managers as well.
"I don't want to go into in-depth because there was a lot of things said that will remain private but it was very productive." Arbroath player-manager Paul Sheerin has a fully-fit and suspension-free squad to choose from.
Sheerin's side earned a 1-1 draw at Parkhead with a late Steven Dorsi goal and he is now hoping his men can go one better despite being huge underdogs.
He said: "Celtic are huge favourites to win but we will be going out there looking for a win.
Arbroath vs Celtic
Last modified 22:14 12/12/12
Matthews sends Hoops through Adam Matthews' first goal for Celtic proved just enough to send Neil Lennon's team into the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 1-0 win but their replay win also owed much to a controversial disallowed goal by Steven Doris.
Matthews fired a wonderful strike from 20 yards in the 19th minute but Celtic subsequently failed to take control at Gayfield.
And they were grateful for a 66th-minute decision by referee Craig Charleston, who presumably ruled out Doris' close-range finish for an earlier infringement on Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, but a foul did not appear obvious.
Forster himself averted extra-time when he saved a one-on-one with Connor Birse as Celtic edged through to set up a trip to Raith Rovers.
Celtic made three changes following their 3-1 win at Kilmarnock on Saturday but retained the 3-5-2 formation and a strong team.
Mikael Lustig and Beram Kayal came in for Joe Ledley and Victor Wanyama, the Swede's introduction allowing Efe Ambrose to push into a holding midfield role. Georgios Samaras replaced Gary Hooper to start up front alongside Lassad Nouioui.
Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin, who was part of the Inverness team that shocked Celtic in 2000, started for the hosts, who earned the replay after a late deflected free-kick from Doris earned a 1-1 draw at Parkhead.
Samaras got the first effort on target with a header from Lassad's cross but it was straight at home goalkeeper Scott Morrison.
The Greek soon returned the favour after a backheel from Scott Brown, sending over a low cross that Lassad swept home but the offside flag was up.
Arbroath hit back with a well-worked move that ended with Sheerin hitting a goal-bound strike from 18 yards, but Kelvin Wilson got his head in the way to clear.
Arbroath were the architects of their own downfall though when Matthews won the ball off left-back Colin Hamilton following a pass from Sheerin.
The Wales international burst away but still had plenty to do, and lashed a powerful strike that flew over Morrison's outstretched hands and into the far top corner.
Celtic appeared to take their foot off the gas in an attacking sense and Arbroath were able to push play away from their penalty box but some decent attacks all broke down on the edge of the Celtic box, and they failed to trouble Forster from several set-pieces.
Celtic only had one more chance of note in the first half when Samaras set up Lassad after a wonderful diagonal ball from Charlie Mulgrew. But the Tunisian failed to produce an emphatic finish from eight yards and Morrison blocked the bouncing effort.
The hosts had the first sniff of goal of the second half when Sheerin's free-kick caused problems but Stuart Malcolm was penalised for a high challenge on Forster, and harshly booked for going for a ball that was there to be won.
Paul Currie and Brown fired wide at either end and Celtic were soon stretched again before Emilio Izaguirre headed away under pressure following Sheerin's cross.
Sheerin soon caused more problems with the corner that led to the contentious decision to chalk off a goal.
The Arbroath player-manager delivered the ball right into the heart of the goalmouth and Forster could not collect. Hamilton won the high ball and headed down towards goal with Doris forcing the ball home on the line.
But Charleston, who was standing on the edge of the box, signalled for a free-kick.
Kayal came close at the other end and Forster saved from Lee Sibanda.
Wanyama and Hooper came on as Celtic manager Lennon switched to a 4-4-2 in a bid to regain control of the tie.
But there was another major escape when Birse won the ball in the middle of the Celtic half and took a return pass from Doris that sent him clean through.
But the substitute was quickly closed down by Forster, who got just enough of his diving body in the way of the shot to divert it wide.
Lennon was growing increasingly frustrated with his side's slack passing and Forster was soon scrambling again as Currie fired just wide from long-range.
And the visitors were grateful again for the sound of Charleston's whistle at the end of three minutes of injury-time.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|7||Lee Sibanda(sub 72)|
|4||Brian Kerr(sub 75)|
|11||Paul Sheerin(sub 75)|
|14||Daniel Rennie(sub 72)|
|15||Derek Holmes(sub 75)|
|16||Connor Birse(sub 75)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|2||Adam Matthews(sub 89)|
|3||Emilio Izaguirre(sub 64)|
|11||Lassad Nouioui(sub 64)|
|7||Nicolas Fedor Miku|
|46||Dylan McGeouch(sub 89)|
|67||Victor Wanyama(sub 64)|
|88||Gary Hooper(sub 64)|