Former Celt is the cup hero


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Former Celt Paul Shields was the Bo’ness United hero as the junior side beat Queens Park 2-1 at home in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

The scores were level until the 75th minute when Shields scored a dramatic winner to dump the oldest club in Scotland out of the competition.

Shields has a unique place in Celtic’s history as the only player to have been signed during Kenny Dalglish’s brief but eventful spell as caretaker manager.

While most clubs were watching Didier Agathe progress at Raith Rovers Dalglish moved to sign Shields for £60,000 in March 2000 from the Fife outfit.

Shields had started less than ten games for Raith and made just one Celtic appearance, as a substitute for Mark Burchill in a 5-1 win over Aberdeen.

Martin O’Neill quickly discarded the striker who was sent out on loan to Albion Rovers, Queen of the South and Clydebank before being released and signing for Forfar.

Despite their junior status Bo’ness United are clearly no mugs and are just one round away from being drawn against an SPL side in the cup.

In the First Division new Dundee manager Barry Smith included Rab Douglas, Gary Irvine and Nicky Riley in his side which drew 2-2 at home with Dunfermline.

Dundee were trailing to two penalties awarded by Dougie McDonald- it’s unclear if he felt the need for a second opinion from his unfortunate assistant before deciding on the awards- although home defender Matt Lockwood was in no doubt about one penalty.

He said: “It was kicked straight at my hand from two yards away and my hands were at my side – I don’t know how I was supposed to get it out of the way.

“I’ve never given away a penalty in my career and there you go – two in the space of a few minutes. The lads did brilliantly to get me out of a hole.”

At Palmerston Rocco Quinn and Ryan Conroy were on the wrong end of a 5-1 hammering from Falkirk who included Jason Marr and Mark Millar in their side.

In the SPL Paul McGowan seems destined for a long fight against relegation after St Mirren lost 3-0 to Hearts thanks to a hat-trick from Rudi Skacel.

Down south Marco Fortune scored his first goal since returning to West Brom against Diomansy Kamara’s Fulham while Robbie Keane sat on the bench through Spurs 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

In The Championship Paul Lambert’s Norwich beat managerless Middlesboro 1-0 with Scott McDonald coming off the bench after an hour to replace Kris Boyd.

Malky Mackay and Roy Keane ended up losers with Watford on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat from Scunthorpe while Ipswich lost by the same scoreline away to Keane’s first club Nottingham Forrest.

Down a division there it was a similar story with Graham Carey on the losing side as Huddersfield crashed 2-1 away to Plymouth with Josh Thompson’s Rochdale losing 1-0 at home to the hoops of Yeovil.

In the basement Ben Hutchinson was in the Lincoln side that drew 0-0 at home to Stockport leaving them three places and two points above bottom spot in League Two.

On the continent Aiden McGeady, Cillian Sheridan and Morten Rasmussen will be in action today while in Sweden Henrik Larsson’s LBoIS crashed to their fourth successive defeat going down 4-1 away to Jonkopings Sodra.

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