Scottish Cup

Scottish Cup

Rumour Mill: Celtic eye Man City starlet | Maddison to Rangers? | Holt wants Hibs deal

Celtic face fight to land highly-rated Manchester City youngster; Rangers linked with ex-Aberdeen loanee James Maddison and Grant Holt reveals he’s keen to stay at Hibs

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Brendan Rodgers congratulates playmaker Patrick Roberts, one of the players he has helped to improve.  Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Celtic boss knows season will be judged on result at Hampden

Every flower in Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic garden seems to have been in full bloom for months. There is no escaping the fact, though, that this afternoon’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers has the capacity to dump a barrowload of manure on his horticultural paradise.

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Aberdeen's Ryan Christie celebrates his goal with fellow goalscorer Adam Rooney. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Ryan Christie: If Celtic win I lose... but still win

Extricated from proceedings early, Ryan Christie watched helplessly as his Aberdeen team-mates battled to close out their victory over Hibernian. And he will be on the edge of his seat this afternoon as well as he waits to discover if he will be able to join them in the final.

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Neil Lennon remonstrates with referee John Beaton at half time

Neil Lennon: ‘Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Gallant losers are losers’

At the end of a see-saw 90 minutes of brilliant cup football, the Hibernian players took the applause from a faithful at Hampden who appreciated they had gone down fighting as their hopes of two-in-a-row in the Scottish Cup were extinguished by a 3-2 semi-final defeat by Aberdeen.

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Patrick Roberts could be playing for England in South Korea the day before the Scottish Cup final

Patrick Roberts would like to have a better Hampden sign off

There is every chance that this season will ape the last one for Patrick Roberts and that his final visit to Hampden will prove to be a Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

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Darren McGregor applauds the fans at full time

Darren McGregor suffers fickle finger – and shin – of fate

A footballer should never get too carried away with his emotions. That’s the advice of Darren McGregor after the Hibs defender was given another reminder of football’s fickle nature. While every player craves success, for every delirious high there’s a heartbreaking low waiting right around the corner.

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Pedro Caixinha says the outcome of today's game won't affect his plans for the future

Rangers manager lives for the moment, and a trophy

Many might be tempted to say Pedro Caixinha has a mountain to climb this afternoon to make Rangers the first Scottish side to beat a Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic team and that he has to create a trophy winning make-up in a squad which has lost it from their DNA.

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Kenny Miller has netted for both halves of the Old Firm. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Is the clock ticking for Rangers’ Kenny Miller?

The uncertainty over his contract situation means that the next seven days could see Kenny Miller’s near 17-year association with Scotland’s grandest football fixture come to an end.

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Derek McInnes shows his delight at full time

McInnes: ‘A couple of years ago we might have lost’

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes’s mind was catapulted back to his team’s last appearance at Hampden as he savoured the 3-2 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Hibernian that brought the Pittodrie club only a third win in their past 12 appearances at the national stadium.

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Hibernian goalkeeper Ofir Marciano tries to rescue a draw. Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Aberdeen and Hibs exhibit a bright future for Scottish football

A thrilling encounter at Hampden was the latest staging post in the growth of Scottish football. Derek McInnes has another chance to cement his legacy, while Hibs persevered tour ends but progress continues at Easter Road, writes Joel Sked.

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Hibernian's John McGinn completes with Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie. Pic: SNS/Craig Williamson

Five things we learned from Hibs 2 - 3 Aberdeen

Aberdeen progress to May’s Scottish Cup final where they wait for the winners from the Old Firm derby after a thrilling clash with Hibernian. Here are five things we learned from the engrossing encounter.

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Hibernian's John McGinn and Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes battle for the ball. Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Hibs 2 - 3 Aberdeen: How the players rated on each side

Ratings out of ten for every player in the first Scottish Cup semi-final of the weekend.

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Hibernian manager Neil Lennon slammed his players. Pic: SNS/Bill Murray

Neil Lennon slams “pathetic” Hibs performance

Neil Lennon brandished his team’s performance “pathetic” despite a valiant effort to come back from losing two goals in the opening half an hour.

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Ryan Christie celebrate Aberdeen's second goal with Kenny McLean and Jonny Hayes. Pic: SNS/Bill Murray

Hibs 2 - 3 Aberdeen: Dons progress after semi-final thriller

After 17 attempts Aberdeen are back at Hampden Park to contest a Scottish Cup final after winning through from a thrilling semi-final clash with Championship Hibs.

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Rumour Mill: Foderingham out for Old Firm | Rodgers demands ref apology | Gers team an ‘old banger’

Major blow for Rangers as goalie Wes Foderingham is expected to be ruled out of the semi-final Cup clash against Celtic.

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Six most important players in Saturday’s Hibs v Aberdeen semi

Craig Fowler looks at the key players in today’s Scottish Cup semi-final between Hibs and Aberdeen.

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Six most important players in Sunday’s Old Firm semi-final

Craig Fowler looks at the key players in Sunday’s Old Firm semi-final.

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Celtic's Scott Brown was sent off for his challenge on Ross County's Liam Boyce. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Brendan Rodgers: ‘We appealed because it wasn’t a red card’

Brendan Rodgers has insisted Celtic would have lodged an appeal against Scott Brown’s dismissal at Ross County last week regardless of the circumstances which allow his captain to face Rangers at Hampden tomorrow.

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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has made his players practise one penalty per training session this week. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Pedro Caixinha makes Rangers practise one penalty per day

Pedro Caixinha has been preparing Rangers for a repeat of last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out by allowing his players to take only a single spot-kick in every training session this week.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers oversees training at Lennoxtown ahead of Sunday's Old Firm semi-final. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Brendan Rodgers ready for Pedro Caixinha challenge

Twelve months ago, it was the fixture which provided perhaps one of the most misleading outcomes the Scottish Cup has ever thrown up.

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