|Scottish Cup closing: Coronary heart of Midlothian v Celtic|
|Venue:Hampden Park, GlasgowDate:Saturday, 25 Would possibly perchanceTime:15:00 BST|
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It has taken 140 video games for Celtic to gain to the brink of a treble treble. Now they are factual 90 minutes on Saturday from ending an unheard of feat.
The Parkhead club devour received every home Scottish honour readily available for the previous three seasons. Securing a ninth successive fragment of silverware in the Scottish Cup closing would clinch the sixth treble in Celtic’s history and their most special of all.
Neil Lennon’s team devour but to concede in the competition this season – and devour received all four ties by now not now not as much as two targets – but face a Hearts facet who’re now not heading to Hampden to make up the numbers.
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- The interior tale of Hearts’ 2012 cup take
A season that promised plenty for the Tynecastle men – they topped the Scottish Premiership for the first three months – has petered out to a sixth-set up procedure with cup glory a golden likelihood of salvation.
Injuries to key avid gamers devour severely hampered Hearts sooner or later of the advertising and marketing and marketing campaign, but they are one in every of only four teams to inflict a home defeat on Celtic this term, beating them 1-0 at Tynecastle in August.
They desire to summon the spirit of 2012 – after they demolished Hibernian 5-1 in the final – as they return to the scene of that memorable triumph bidding to purchase the trophy for the ninth time.
How they purchased to Hampden
Previous closing conferences
Hearts withhold the upper hand in earlier Scottish Cup finals between the pair, but it certainly is more than 60 years since the perimeters final went head to hurry for the trophy.
On that occasion, in 1956, a crowd of when it comes to 133,000 gathered at Hampden to sight Hearts prevail 3-1. Ahead of that, the Tynecastle men received 4-3 in 1901, before Celtic ran out 3-0 winners six years later.
Of their recent conferences in earlier rounds, Celtic hammered the hosts 4-0 to realize the final 16 in 2014 after a 7-0 take at the an identical stage a year later. But a final-minute aim from earlier Celtic striker Craig Beattie gave Hearts a 2-1 take in the 2012 semi-closing.
- Hearts devour long previous five video games with out a take, shedding three in a row
- Celtic devour misplaced as soon as in 14 video games – away to Rangers – since being knocked out the Europa League by Valencia
- Hearts devour misplaced four instances to Celtic since a 1-0 take at Tynecastle in August
- Celtic beat Hearts 3-0 of their final Hampden assembly, in October’s League Cup semi-closing
What the managers insist
Hearts supervisor Craig Levein:“We’re going for the one single. It’s factual as crucial to us.
“Now we devour recent history of beating Celtic and I feel that the preparation for the sport, particularly the final two or three weeks, has long previous extraordinarily neatly, especially getting avid gamers wait on match, makes me feel higher.
“The proof will seemingly be in the pudding pointless to insist, but we can beat Celtic, we now devour confirmed that we now devour purchased a colossal occasion in us, I’m sure of that.”
Celtic supervisor Neil Lennon:“Hearts are a in actuality advanced obstacle for us to overcome, so there would possibly per chance be now not any point me sitting right here telling you how I hurry to feel when we take the cup.
“I’m factual cautious of all individuals talking about treble trebles and bus parades. We devour purchased to play the sport and never the occasion. That is the message we’ll be hammering into the avid gamers.
“Now we devour a in actuality motivated Hearts team and for some of their avid gamers it should be their first cup closing. They would possibly per chance presumably well never gain the different to take it over again, to permit them to be very hungry too.”
Celtic rhythm versus Hearts physicality – prognosis
Previous Scotland striker Billy Dodds
Celtic devour now not been playing neatly of tiring but silent getting results. I wouldn’t insist Hearts are heavy underdogs.
Hearts devour introduced on them concerns over the final couple of seasons and had a couple of excellent results in opposition to them.
I mediate Celtic will opt care of Hearts, but if Hearts devour an very excellent day, they are neatly in a position to giving Celtic concerns.
Previous Ross County and Plymouth Argyle supervisor Derek Adams
I mediate Craig Levein has to head for it. I mediate he has initially presumably two up front with perchance three at the wait on and hurry for the jugular early in the sport.
I make now not mediate he’ll devour a nearer different in a cup closing to beat Celtic. Celtic’s backline is now not the strongest and Hearts’ simplest chances are to gain physical.
Previous Celtic defender Darren O’Dea
I in actuality devour performed in opposition to both teams this season and they’re doubtlessly the polar opposites.
Hearts are doubtlessly essentially the most physical team I’ve performed in opposition to in my occupation. I mediate they can hurry out to opt a search for at to disrupt Celtic and there will seemingly be so many fouls in the sport.
It’s miles a case of whose trend is going to opt over. If Celtic gain exact into a rhythm, they can break them down and would possibly per chance presumably perchance silent take the sport conveniently.
But, if Hearts disrupt their rhythm, they’re physically so tense that they’re going to trigger any team concerns. Uche Ikpeazu is a monster of a boy – doubtlessly the strongest I’ve performed in opposition to.
Levein is confident strikerUche Ikpeazuand midfieldersPeter HaringandArnaud Djoumwill all be match having overlooked the 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park on Sunday. ButCallumn Morrison, Aidan Keena, Ben Garuccio, Demetri Mitchell, Steven NaismithandOlly Leeare all out with knee injuries.
Celtic wingerJames Forrestand left-wait onKieran Tierneyare readily available after being rested for the final couple of video games. CaptainScott Brownwould possibly per chance presumably perchance silent moreover return to midfield following a foot break, whereas on-mortgage West Bromwich Albion wingerOliver Burkeis hopeful he will opt some fragment despite a knee field. ButRyan Christie,Jack Hendry, Vakoun Bayo, Dedryck Boyata,Craig Gordon, Eboue KouassiandDaniel Arzaniare silent out andLeigh Griffithsstays unavailable.