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Scottish Cup win could help boost job security of either Lennon or Levein | Ewan Murray

Celtic and Hearts meet in the final for the first time since 1956 and victory for either manager could help quieten the doubters

It is a Scottish football quirk that two of its most high-profile clubs, Hearts and Celtic, will on Saturday be brought together in a Scottish Cup final for the first time since 1956. Back then, in simpler times and when the resource of the Glasgow clubs did not dwarf all around them, Hearts ran out 3-1 winners in front of 132,000 fans.

The managers on that occasion, Tommy Walker (Hearts) and Jimmy McGrory (Celtic), are club legends. Having been similarly prolific scorers at domestic level, Walker was briefly coaxed to Chelsea with McGrory essentially a one-club man, save a war-affected spell managing Kilmarnock. The football lives of Walker and McGrory remain fascinating, 63 years on.

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