It has gone down as one of the most famous victories in Caley Thistle’s history… and it happened 17 year ago today.
Back in 2000, while still languishing as a part-time side in the Scottish First Division, the Highlanders paid a visit to Parkhead to take on John Barnes’ struggling Celtic.
Given no hope of progressing beyond the fifth round tie in the Scottish Cup, the Jags would go on to record one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history.
A Barry Wilson header after 16 minutes put Caley in front and a well-taken Mark Burchill equaliser did little to put them off.
An own goal from Lubor Moravcik and a classic penalty moment from Paul Sheerin eventually saw the Highlanders run out 3-1 winners.
The result would be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Barnes’ tenure at Parkhead, sparking the infamous “Super Caley go ballistic, Celtic are atrocious” headline and costing the former Liverpool man his job two days later.
This season, Celtic are faring a bit better and the high-flying Hoops will welcome Caley to Parkhead again this Saturday.
While the odds may be stacked against them once again, Richie Foran’s men would do well to recall that famous night on February 8, 2000.