Preview & Results: SC Semi Finals

Update:

  • Hibernian beat Dundee United on penalties, with Conrad Logan saving two and Jason Cummings scoring the winner.
  • Rangers beat Celtic on penalties after a 2-2 draw, with Tom Rogic missing his penalty on sudden death.
  • Hibernian and Rangers will meet in the final on 21 May 2016.

This weekend marks the return of the Old Firm as the Scottish Cup semi-finals get underway. Hibernian face Dundee United in the other tie as all four clubs look to capture the holy grail of Scottish football.

In a repeat of last year’s League Cup semi-final, Celtic and Rangers will re-ignite the bitter rivalry in what promises to be an intriguing contest, with little doubt that Rangers are better equipped than the outfit that faced their city rivals last season.

In what is a huge match for both clubs, Ronny Deila will be hoping for a crucial victory which may see some of the pressure lift from his shoulders, with some murmurs among the Celtic faithful that the Norwegian may have to be let go if they fail to beat the Gers.

Rangers have been dealt with the blow that midfielder Harry Forrester will be out for the tie with a hairline fracture in his leg that he picked up in the Petrofac Cup triumph over Peterhead last week, whilst Celtic have no fresh injury concerns as both sides look to reach one step closer to the coveted prize, and regain the bragging rights across the city.

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen will have to deal with the gap Gavin Gunning has left in the centre of defence after stating the Irishman will never play for the Terrors. The former Killie and Finland manager is boosted by the return of Captain Paul Paton, the midfielder will no doubt bring much-needed bite to United’s midfield. The Fin will be hoping to bring something for the Tangerine Army to cheer about after a disappointing season which has seen United flounder at the foot of the table for some time.

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs will also be hoping for his side to come out of a slump of their own which has seen the Hibees drift six points behind second placed Falkirk, a run of form which has seen Hibs win only two out of their last ten games, losing six in the process.

Stubbs is confident that captain David Gray will be available for the clash. However the Hibs manager will make a last-minute decision on whether to place new signing Conrad Logan, or youngster Otso Virtanen, who has only made one substitute appearance for the Hibees, in goals in place of the suspended Mark Oxley.

It promises to be an enthralling weekend of Scottish Cup football as the quest for Scotland’s holy grail carries on.

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Grant Barnes

Grant Barnes

I have developed a continuing interest in football from a very young age and have attended games for as long as I remember. With the help of Young Perspective I have been able to attend football and sports press conferences and have been able to develop my writing skills, with a view looking forward to working in media relations with football along with other sports.

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