Celtic tie 'biggest' for Crease

23 November 2010 04:39
Berwick Rangers boss Jimmy Crease has labelled the club's Scottish Cup fourth-round tie with Celtic as the 'biggest game' of his football career.The Scottish Premier League giants will travel to Berwick's Shielfield Park on 8 January to face Crease's Division Three promotion challengers. [LNB]Crease told BBC Newcastle: "They're a team that won the European Cup in their history, it's a great feeling. [LNB]"It's a huge tie for us and everyone involved with the club is delighted." [LNB]Crease continued: "It's a great experience for myself, it's the biggest game I've ever been involved in. [LNB]"I'm sure the players that are training tomorrow night will be buzzing and I don't think we'll be having any injuries in the next few weeks."[LNB] [LNB][LNB] The border town is no stranger to the visit of top-flight giants, with the 'Dream Team' having taken Rangers to a replay at Shielfield as recently as 2002, and defeated their illustrious namesakes in a famous 1967 encounter. [LNB]"I've spoken to the chairman and they have a board meeting on Thursday morning to discuss things, but I'm 99% sure it'll go ahead at Shielfield Park," Crease added. [LNB]"We have a capacity of 4,200, but I believe there's a chance it could be televised, which would be great for us financially. [LNB]"Our chairman has been on the phone, he's got things in operation, he's a very hands-on chairman, and he'll make sure we can milk it for everything we can. [LNB]"The ground has been improved, the playing surface has always been good, but we relaid it this year and put 12 new drains under the park, the changing rooms have been completely refurbished, and Celtic won't be disappointed when they come down to Shielfield."[LNB]Berwick held Rangers to a 0-0 draw in January 2002Progression to the fourth round was secured via an impressive 3-0 win against Highland League side Cove Rangers; the culmination of an awkward 185-mile round trip for the Black and Gold. [LNB]"The board of directors are great, I asked them to put the players up on Friday night at Aberdeen when we were going to play Cove Rangers to do things properly and they did that," Crease said. [LNB]"We've got the result required, and they've got their rewards. [LNB]"We did it properly, we gave Cove the respect they were due, and we'll give Celtic the same respect obviously."

Source: BBC_Sport