Rumour Mill: German giants want Celtic star| McInnes ‘perfect’ for Sunderland | petulant Kuate finished at United

Brendan Rodgers backs Aberdeen boss for the vacant Sunderland position and Bundesliga giants eye up Celtic loan star Patrick Roberts.

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 Dejection for Aberdeen's Ryan Jack after conceding

Kevin Thomson: Ryan Jack must stay focused to face Celtic

It’s Scottish Cup final day and stripping Ryan Jack of the skipper’s armband is a brave call by Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, right, must outwit Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes to claim a domestic treble. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Just one final step for Celtic to be treble invincibles

Even if you know your history, as Celtic supporters so often proclaim in song, it is not easy to place in context the scale of the potential achievement within the grasp of Brendan Rodgers and his players in the 132nd Scottish Cup Final this afternoon.

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Graeme Shinnie has previous experience of winning the Scottish Cup with Inverness. Picture: SNS.

Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie frames another cup-winning plan

On the face of it, replacing one 25-year-old Aberdonian with another 25-year-old Aberdonian is not the most radical move of all time.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, left, believes his Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes would be the 'perfect fit' for the Sunderland job. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Brendan Rodgers: Derek McInnes is ‘perfect’ for Sunderland

Brendan Rodgers has described his Scottish Cup final rival Derek McInnes as a “perfect fit” for the vacant Sunderland manager’s job.

Neil Lennon reckons Aberdeen must score first to win the cup. Picture: SNS.

Only Lisbon Lions top this Celtic if treble won - Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon believes that, if Brendan Rodgers’ side can complete a domestic treble by overcoming Aberdeen in today’s William Hill Scottish Cup final, it would rank among the greatest achievements in the club’s 129-year history.

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Chris Iwelumo has a Scottish Cup winners' medal from his time at St Johnstone. Picture: SNS

8 players you forgot have Scottish Cup winners’ medals

Back in the day, cup winners used to be heroes. And if they weren’t one before the game, then they sure were after them. Nowadays, the introduction of 16 and now 18-man matchday squads means there’s places for scarcely used talents to find their way into a special moment of history. So, to celebrate these lucky few, we have picked some of the more obscure Scottish Cup winners from the past few years.

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The 12 best wide midfielders in Scottish football right now

The top 12 wide midfielders currently playing in Scottish football at the moment, as voted by members of The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to get his hands on the Scottish Cup. Picture: SNS

Four talking points ahead of the Scottish Cup final

Celtic and Aberdeen face each other in the William Hill Scottish Cup final on Saturday.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes with the Scottish Cup. Picture: SNS

Sunderland link ‘no distraction’ for Derek McInnes

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes insists he has been too focused on the William Hill Scottish Cup final to even think about Sunderland’s managerial vacancy.

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Stuart Armstrong and his Celtic team-mates will look to win the midfielder battle. Picture: PA

Six most important players in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final

Aberdeen take to the Hampden turf on Saturday afternoon looking to repeat the feat they achieved in 1990 when they lifted the Scottish Cup at the expense of Billy McNeill’s Celtic. If Derek McInnes’ side are to overcome this season’s Invincibles, it will require similarly strong performances collectively and individually, and an effective nullification of a team that has been revitalised under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers.

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Moussa Dembele hasn't played since the semi-final victory over Rangers. Picture: SNS

Celtic’s Moussa Dembele fit to play in Scottish Cup final

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is fit to play in the William Hill Scottish Cup final, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

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Aberdeen and Celtic will contest the trophy on Saturday afternoon. Picture: SNS

Quiz: How well do you know your Scottish Cup finals?

Aberdeen and Celtic will meet tomorrow in the 132nd Scottish Cup final. To get in the spirit of things, why not try out our Scottish Cup final quiz?

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Bobby Madden kept his refereeing career on track despite fighting cancer. Picture: SNS.

Aberdeen-Celtic cup final won’t faze referee Bobby Madden

Any abuse the comes the way of Scottish Cup final referee Bobby Madden from the stands, streets or cyberspace will never floor the 38-year-old. Not when the former runner kept his career in football on track even after developing thyroid cancer.

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Craig Gordon leads the celebrations after Hearts Scottish Cup final victory over Gretna in 2006. Picture: SNS.

Celtic’s Craig Gordon inspired by Hearts’ 2006 cup triumph

The Scottish Cup provided Craig Gordon with one of the most memorable moments of his career but, on reflection, he admits it could just as easily have been the most mortifying.

Joe Lewis is determined to drive to Norfolk to show his father a Scottish Cup winners medal. Picture: SNS.

Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis set on a Celtic cup final shutout

Like any goalkeeper worth his salt, Joe Lewis derived more satisfaction from what most would regard as the less noteworthy aspect of Aberdeen’s latest result.

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Celtic fans with a 1967 Hillman Imp, which was driven from Glasgow to Lisbon.

Celtic fans travel to Lisbon to mark European Cup anniversary

Other-worldly”. That was the brilliant description my son Francesco produced for Lisbon’s Estádio Nacional, which is part relic, part museum piece, as we celebrated at the scene of the triumph with hundreds of fellow supporters, exactly 50 years to the day since Celtic won the European Cup.

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Ryan Jack has stated his intention to leave Aberdeen this summer. Picture: John Devlin

3 reasons Aberdeen should think carefully about picking Ryan Jack

From Pedro Caixinha publicly stating his interest in the midfielder to the announcement earlier this week that Graeme Shinnie will take on the Aberdeen captaincy for Saturday’s Scottish Cup final against Celtic, Ryan Jack’s future has been placed firmly under the microscope of late.

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Celtic won the Ladbrokes Premiership without losing a single game. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned on Celtic’s march to the title

Andrew Smith looks back at a remarkable campaign for Celtic and first-year boss Brendan Rodgers

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Aberdeen and Celtic will face each other in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen and Celtic cancel Scottish Cup victory plans

Aberdeen and Celtic have each cancelled plans for a victory celebration in the event of a Scottish Cup final win.

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