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Saturday, 29 January, 2000, 15:42 GMT
Weather blow to fans' hopes

Parkhead Parkhead has a capacity of over 60,000


Thousands of football fans were left disappointed when bad weather forced the cancellation of a crucial Scottish Cup tie.

Winds gusting at up to 60mph ripped a piece of guttering off the Lisbon Lions stand at Parkhead.

Officials decided to postpone the Tennents Scottish Cup third round match between Celtic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle - just 30 minutes before kick-off.

An estimated 5,000 Caley Thistle fans, who had already made the treck south, were disappointed at the late call-off.



I would like to apologise to all the fans who had come to the ground but there was little alternative
Peter McLean
The match between Arbroath and Motherwell at Gayfield Park, in Arbroath, was also under threat, although officials decided to go ahead with the tie.

Experts were called in to assess the problem but decided that the damage could not be repaired in time to allow the match to go ahead even with a delayed kick-off.

The matter is a huge embarrassment to the club, who were due to officially rename the stand at a ceremony on Tuesday.

"This is hugely disappointing," admitted Celtic spokesman Peter McLean.

Stadium boast

"I would like to apologise to all the fans who had come to the ground but there was little alternative.

"We will not take chances with public safety and hopefully the problems will be sorted very quickly."

The stand is to be renamed the Lisbon Lions stand in memory of the club's 'team of the millennium'.

The club boasts that the stadium, which has a capacity of 60,506, is one of the best in Britain.

The third round match will now take place on Tuesday, 8 February.

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