THE SFA has announced dates for next season's Scottish Cup. The first round will be played on 25 September with the final being held on Saturday, 21 May.
IT JUST wasn't to be. Ross County's David and Goliath tale, which brought them from footballing obscurity to the Scottish Cup final did not, after all, get its fairytale ending.
DUNDEE United defender Darren Dods has been ruled out of next weekend's Active Nation Scottish Cup final against Ross County.
WHENEVER it was suggested to Ally McCoist that he appeared to be anointed with a greater level of good fortune than most during his playing career, his response was typically sharp.
A BELOW-PAR performance from Rangers was enough to win the Homecoming Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon, and Ibrox manager Walter Smith conceded that his team may have suffered a bit of a hangover after winning their first league title for four years the previous weekend.
A SOPORIFIC first half had come and gone with barely an incident of interest. The heat was clammy and oppressive even for those spectators who were sitting in the shade, so clearly had a strength-sapping effect on the players.
AS WALTER Smith eclipsed one of Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial landmarks on Saturday, he might also have been tempted to emulate one of his close friend's most infamous post-match assessments.
WITHOUT knowledge of the backstory, the temptation might be to describe Falkirk's defeat to Rangers in the Homecoming Scottish Cup final on Saturday as a disaster, an injustice. Or even a tragedy. But manager John Hughes would be the first to up-braid anyone being overly dramatic, to use such words in connection with what was only a game. A cup final, perhaps. But still just a game.
East Fife 1
Bavidge 17; Anderson 73
Queen's Park 2
Brough 35; Cairney 43
IT'S THE derby way. Whether it's mind torture or hair decoration, once a landmark scoreline messes with your head, there's scant way of escaping it. The 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final roasting in 2006 is seared into the minds of Hibs fans who see this afternoon's match as an opportunity to partially-exorcise those demons, but it was the reference to the 7-0 humping of Hearts in 1973, which Ian Murray etched into his hairdo in 2003, that Hearts fans won't forgive or forget.
Inverness CT 3
Morais 27, 56; Vigurs 46
Partick Thistle 0
Arfield 35, 47; Barrett 68, 80
Queen of the South 2
Wilson 40; Harris 47
COMMENTS, LIKE passes, can be disastrous if given the wrong weight. In his post-match press conference after the 0-0 draw last Saturday, Mixu Paatelainen talked of Hearts as a physical force but claimed that his team had the passing ability to better their rivals.
Brown 37; McGeady 44
Ayr United 2
Keenan 15; Williams 90
Pascali 10, Bryson 54