Hearts v Celtic: Scottish Cup final – live!

Should Celtic hold onto the famous old trophy this afternoon, it’ll be the 39th time they’ll have won the competition. They’re already well clear of Rangers. Hearts would be lifting the cup for the ninth time, and that would nudge them closer to Victorian amateur sensations Queen’s Park.

38: Celtic
33: Rangers
10: Queen’s Park
8: Heart of Midlothian
7: Aberdeen
3: Vale of Leven, Clyde, St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Hibernian
2: Renton, Third Lanark, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Motherwell, Dundee United
1: Dumbarton, St Bernard’s, Dundee, Partick Thistle, Greenock Morton, Airdrieonians, East Fife, St Johnstone, Inverness Caledonian Thistle

And now it’s Neil Lennon’s turn. “I think this is a great place to be, on the cusp of something very special. So the players need to forget about what comes afterwards, and enjoy the game. Obviously it’s a great occasion but we have to play.” Was Kieran Tierney close to fitness? “Yes and no. He felt OK, but the longer the session went on he began to struggle. So it’s a real shame for him because he’s given us everything again. He’s an important player obviously, but we’ve got a great deputy in Johnny Hayes to fill in. Mikey Johnston is a great talent and he showed all his talent last week. We want him to do that again. He’s a goal threat, he can break the lines, and he’s got good pace about him.” And will young Dembele get a run-out if things are going well? “We’re not here for sentiment, we’re here to win a cup final. But we’ll see how the game goes.”

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