Either Livingston or St Johnstone will put Aberdeen and others to shame tomorrow with second major trophy win this century

There are few guarantees in football. An absolutely incontrovertible fact is that by tea-time tomorrow, either Livingston or St Johnstone will have landed their second major trophy of this millennium.

Livingston's Efe Ambrose in action against St Johnstone's Shaun Rooney during a recent clash. The teams meet at Hampden tomorrow in the final of the Betfred Cup. (Photo by Sammy Turner / SNS Group)
Livingston's Efe Ambrose in action against St Johnstone's Shaun Rooney during a recent clash. The teams meet at Hampden tomorrow in the final of the Betfred Cup. (Photo by Sammy Turner / SNS Group)

Good luck to them both but it’s a sobering detail for larger, greater-resourced clubs. What, for example, must Aberdeen - with only one League Cup to their name since 1995, secured, after penalties, against Inverness Caledonian Thistle - make of this?

One of Hearts’ two Scottish Cups since 2000 came via a 5-1 win over Hibs and so is probably worth double in this game of ‘show us your major honours’ but might still be regarded as falling short of expectations. The same goes for Hibs, whose two trophies in the same time frame will be viewed by some as acceptable because it includes the holy grail of the Scottish Cup.

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Nevertheless, Livi or St Johnstone will be showing a lot of clubs up.

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