Live coverage of the Scottish Cup final from Hampden Park, where Rangers take on Hibernian. Commentary by Liam MacLeod and Craig Paterson. Kick-off at 3.00pm.
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COMMENTATOR: Oh, it's unbelievable! Unbelievable!
It's a spectacular opening goal in the derby.
This is history! Highland history!
There's nothing quite like the magic of Scottish Cup final day. For the
first time ever, two teams from outside the top league are competing
for the big prize. It is the 13th time in two seasons Rangers and Hibs
have gone head-to-head. They know each other only too well.
Left-footed from Rogic... Skies it!
And Rangers are through to the Scottish Cup final!
Alan Stubbs has guided Hibernian into the Scottish Cup final.
It'll be an all-Championship Scottish Cup final
# Baby, if you could, would you go back to the start?
It's more Hampden heartache for Hibernian.
# Take any fresh steps or watch it all fall apart again?
# Play another song here, then you can leave
# With your delicate wings, I used to weave
# It could have been a wonderful year
# Instead we might not make it to the end
# You gave me magical, I gave you wonderful
# Cut that invisible cord or I'll starve you
# Let's make immeasurable moves to the left
Rangers have pulled off the seemingly unthinkable.
# Baby if you could would you go back to the start? #
Will it be a trophy treble for Rangers? The Championship and the
Challenge Cup are already theirs. It would add up to a horror hat-trick
for Hibs, who have already missed out on promotion, the pain is still
raw, and they lost at Hampden in the League Cup final. But maybe the
black cloud over Leith will have a silver lining and they can get their
hands on the elusive Scottish Cup after a wait of 114 years. The
winners will play in Europe, at least Alan Stubbs's team is matched
sharp. Rangers have not played a competitive game in three weeks.
Does any of that matter on cup final day? We are about to find out.
Taking centre stage, the world's oldest national football trophy.
This is the 131st year it has been played for, and for a fifth
successive season, whatever happens a different name will be etched into
the special silverware. The 2016 Scottish Cup final is on the BBC and
this is our studio line-up. # Light the fuse,
gonna watch it blow Ronald de Boer, Pat Nevin and
Michael Stewart. That took a bit of digging out, Michael. Is this the
day for Hibs, is it the year for their Scottish Cup? We have a great
chance. Plenty of games against Rangers to size them up and know
what they are about. I had a weird feeling it would be their year, but
having lost the semifinal in the play-offs, I am not sure now.
Rangers are slight favourites but Hibs have a chance. Ronald, some
happy memories of this shiny thing. Beating Celtic was special, 3-2.
Winning the trophy is always great. Had you followed the Rangers journey
back to the big-league? Of course. It's massive. I was therefore a
great four years, despite injury problems. I had a great time.
Rangers, still one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It is a shame that
a club like that went so down, but it's great for Scottish football
take their suffering to a new level? take their suffering to a new level?
-- can the. They might have to, but the way it has happened has been
incredible. Hibs have had a great season, Rangers were slightly
better, winning the league. The pain of the late goals, just getting so
close... Much more painful that way. The one thing about this
competition, the semifinals were so exciting, fabulous games. This
should be the same. Really exciting game. I think we have got two teams
that want to play attacking football. Everything is in place.
Could Hibs's desire be the thing? Rangers have achieved their
objective of getting to the Premiership. Hibs desperately need
something from the season. Sometimes that desperation can play against
you, if you want it too much. You need to focus on the game and not
get caught up in everything surrounding it. Yes, both teams'
main objective was to get promoted and Rangers have done that. In a cup
final you have to put that one side and focus on the game. I don't think
it is a case of Hibs having more. Rangers are desperate to lift the
trophy as well. Considering where Rangers have come from, it would be
a really special season if it was the title, promotion, the Scottish
Cup and Europe. Of course. They know that, they want to do it for the
fans. It is great for next year. You are going full force into next
season, so it would be perfect. The same of course, Hibs have a great
team. It's going to be very even. Two hours of build-up, this is a
sample of what is on the way. The football fairy tale that was
East Kilbride. Just so delighted to
be in the next round with Celtic. What a feeling.
It really feels so good to say that. The Rangers climb
back to the big-time. 25 years on, the memories
of the family final. The main thing was that,
in the final, if you lost, it was your brother that was going
to win the cup. Who was the role model
for the Hibs goalkeeper? Well, because of yourself,
your penalty save in 1990. I remember watching it
in my sitting room. What's it really like to play
in this football showpiece? Thinking back, you didn't even
realise until after Playing for Hibs is
a boyhood dream come true. A club I've supported all my life.
It was a real easy choice. Walked through the doors,
signed on the dotted line and got my number,
24, and that was me. Being Jason Cummings,
by two who should know. He always seems to pop up and get
the goals in the box. We look at the making
of Mark Warburton. He's remembered fondly,
but if you know Mark, he's going to be remember
fondly wherever he goes. He's very good with people,
having the ability to make And will the return of
Anthony Stokes have a happy ending? I've enjoyed my time here, that's
one of the reasons I came back - because I enjoyed the first
spell I had for a season here. You will get a glimpse of the 1991
version of Craig Paterson when we venture down the Motherwell memory
lane, a court of a century on from the finest vinyl, the 2016 model is
our match summariser. Craig and his Motherwell team-mates of the day
have celebrated that quite a lot. Hopefully we will get something
similar this afternoon. Rangers and Hibs, they have become familiar foes
over the last couple of seasons. 12 times they have met, six wins
apiece. On paper, not much between them. Very little between them, both
more than capable of winning. Hibs dominated the league matches,
Rangers came out on top in the knockout situations. Will it make a
difference? Not a bit, it is about bringing your A game to Hampden
Park. They have to bounce back, Hibs. Both sides know a place in
Europe is up for grabs, it is a big game. Rangers have not played for a
few weeks, the Championship season ended at the start of the month. We
talked about this last year with Falkirk, before they played
Inverness. Will it come into play, the fact they had been idle for so
long? They will say they are fresher, if it goes to extra time
they might have better legs. The adrenaline flowing through the
players will take care of any problems in terms of fitness. It is
down to who plays. They want to get the ball down and play. The midfield
is the key, if you dominate there, you will win the cup. We were at
Falkirk a week yesterday when Hibs' bid for promotion was ended. They
lost the League Cup final here a couple of months ago. A bit of a
downer. Talking about Rangers being idle, is the fact that Hibs have had
such poor results going to come into play? They will be extra keen to get
a result, having lost a cup final and the play-offs, you don't want a
third disappointment. Hibs will be fired up, and they will have to be,
because Rangers have won the Championship and the cup. If Hibs
can win today, these players will go down as legends at Easter Road.
Expecting any surprises in the starting line-up? Alan Stubbs likes
to play three centre-backs against Rangers and has had good results. It
means Stevenson and Gray can get forward and confront Wallace and
Tavernier. I know how Rangers are going to line-up. The sun has come
out. Some competition this season as usual. I wonder if there will be
more magic moments this afternoon. # Roll up, roll up, roll up
for satisfaction # Everybody wants,
everyboy needs # So get up, get up, get up
to get some action # It's the ticket
you've been waiting for # Roll up, roll up, roll up
for satisfaction # Everybody wants,
everyboy needs # So get up, get up, get up
to get some action # It's the ticket
you've been waiting for # Cos everybody wants,
everybody wants When you think of the magic of the
Scottish Cup this season, two words pretty quickly come to mind, East
and Kilbride. Their meeting with Celtic was a moment for all cup
romantics to savour. Kenny was with them every step of the way. He
organised a little reunion. Has there ever been such
a lopsided match-up? When you entered the Scottish Cup,
was there anything right at the beginning where you thought,
we're going to have We were nearly going
out, weren't we? We were nearly going out
when we played Forres Mechanics. Khutsishvili!
The Highlanders are in front. This tie will be decided
in the Highlands. I actually owed a wee bit
to the gaffer, to be honest. It is a second
for Craig Hastings! We were writ off before the game
even started. And then I think that's when our
name got out a wee bit. How does it feel
to be in the third round now? If we get through, you never know,
we might get Celtic or Rangers. We had a point to prove and it
showed, because that was our best The way we played,
we were keeping the ball for fun. I think Stenhousemuir were
absolutely stunned. The little team from the lower
leagues are two goals up! Jason Scotland gives his
side a lifeline. And they get the equaliser,
and then the final whistle went. We went into the dressing room
and there was utter silence, We'll left our heads and get
prepared again on Monday You could really say
it's just half-time. And it is the perfect
start for Kilby! That will settle it.
This cup run is not stopping here. That's probably the best draw
we could've actually got. First game got called off,
there was snow up at K-Park. Which meant that the draw came out
for the fifth round before you'd finished against Lothian
Thistle Hutchison Vale. I was watching it with my mum. My
mum predicted it would be Celtic. Right enough, Celtic came out and
she just ran about the living room, screaming, and then my phone was
just red hot. We had this big hurdle in front
of us, in Lothian Thistle. A couple of attacks, one especially
they should have scored. That settled us down.
That settled the boys down. I just stayed on the keeper
every corner and set piece. Luckily for me, he dropped one.
It just landed right beside me. Couldn't believe my luck!
Just a wee toe-poke in. Just so delighted to
be in the next round with Celtic. What a feeling.
It really feels so good to say that. I don't care who was in that green
and white jersey next door. Knock at the door, and the boy hands
in the team line-up. And I threw it onto the table.
Not interested. And I'm looking right
into their eyes. The sweat's going down
my legs when I looked! Celtic's playing
their strongest team. A chilly afternoon here
in Airdrie for what is I'm out in the technical area,
and I remember shouting, And we're knocking the ball,
and making Celtic... Small moments of chasing.
I was swelling with pride. Oh, it hasn't been
cleared off the line! It's forced home!
Kazim-Richards claims. It's a dream come true for me
to play against my boyhood heroes. Fingers crossed, if I'm here next
season, we can do it again. Barry Russell has not been parted
from that Celtic jersey since then! Back here at Hampden Park, the
playing surface could not be looking in much better shape. The final
preparations have been made. The surface was not good when Rangers
won the challenge cup here, it has been relayed since. I was down on
the pitch at the start, it looks in great shape, that will not be an
excuse. Rangers have already hit the target with their main objective for
the season achieved, a third promotion in four Seasons has them
back in the top tier. The journey is complete.
Rangers, one of the giants of world football, have been consigned
to life among the minnows of the Scottish game.
I was away on holiday and I still couldn't believe it.
At first, it was a wee bit of a shock, to be honest.
The Scottish Football League's only acceptable position will be to place
The last five pages of the paper was all about Rangers and how things
Nothing seemed to be beyond the realms of possibility.
From the outset, we made it clear we would play
The majority of the people, certainly the supporters, went,
right, that's our medicine, we have to take it.
We've been put down there, we have to get on with it.
It felt quite historic, Rangers arriving in these places.
It was a big deal for these towns to host Rangers.
Even though playing at a lesser level, and obviously not
against the top players, you are still playing
As a player, that's what you want as well.
It did become a recurring theme that they stumbled a few times.
They did lose at Stirling Albion when Stirling were bottom
of the league, they beat Rangers 1-0.
The Stirling Albion manager was away, he took the day
A season of unfamiliar opponents, but a familiar result.
Ultimately, we've still won the league.
The feeling that they had kind of clicked,
The football wasn't always particularly pretty.
They went through the whole league season unbeaten.
Some of these lower division pitches aren't the best,
So at times it wasn't pretty football at all.
We knew that and I'm sure everyone watching knew that as well.
Just getting through the games, game management almost.
That first Championship season for Rangers, they were totally
Rangers were strong favourites to win the division and keep
this kind of momentum of annual league wins.
Hearts set a ferocious pace at the start of the season.
Ousmane Sow! Sensational finish at Ibrox.
It was a difficult season for everybody.
Hearts were by far the best team in the Championship, ran away
I think you could say they surprised everybody, the way
I don't know how many points they had.
Ally McCoist has left his position as Rangers manager and the club say
When you see the way the manager was towards the end,
As a football manager, you want to concentrate on
A lot of the time at the end, a lot of attention was
It was all about how he dealt with everything off the field.
When I actually went in, in my 35 years of being involved
in football, the morale and the confidence was the lowest
From the top of the club, there was no leadership.
There was nobody there to get a grip of the club.
It was like a rudderless ship, if you like.
I don't think we were equipped as a team to go and face Celtic
Personally, and I'm sure a few of the other boys would say,
we were out of luck that day and Celtic ran out
We came up short against Motherwell in the play-offs.
No doubt about it, over the two legs, Motherwell were by far
Ainsworth scores the goal that secures safety for Motherwell!
In a 15-minute spell, all the work of a full season that
had been done to try and get into the top league at the first
time of asking, was unravelled in a three-goal spell.
I did say at the time it was a great time to come into Rangers.
It was almost a blank canvas to bring your own players in.
Rangers have been really impressive under Warburton this season.
He has signed well, he's signed players we weren't really aware of.
It's going to be left for Tavernier!
Mark Warburton has gelled the team together, built a team that
genuinely believe they can win any game of football.
So I think for the first time in years, there's a style of play,
the fans are sitting on the edge of their seats, saying,
And then of course the semifinal against Celtic.
Which so far has been the signature result and performance
Barrie McKay scores a wonder goal for Rangers in extra time!
Rangers played so comfortably and were good on the ball
and played out from the back, and kept the ball for long periods.
I don't think I've ever seen an Old Firm game where it's been
that one team's played far better than the other team.
I thought Rangers were fantastic, passed them off the pitch.
There's no doubt the quality of the football they played
It was a massive lift for the whole football club.
Throughout the season, they must be delighted.
The things that he's put in place, the players have taken on board.
And again, the backing and support, it's just been
Just over an hour and a half to kick-off, Alan Stubbs leads
Hibernian off the bus into Hampden Park. The League Cup final losers,
they missed out on promotion, can they win the Scottish Cup against
Rangers? We will find out in the coming moment. We have been watching
those recollections of Rangers fighting their way back through the
leagues, can you remember where you were when you heard the news four
years ago that such a big club, your former club, had been relegated to
the fourth level? I can't remember, but it was shocking. You know how
big Rangers is all over the world. Everywhere you come, Rangers fans.
We took about Rangers and Celtic, how big they are. You think if they
are in the Premiership, they would be the likes of Liverpool, that
status, and they go down to the third division. It was a major
shock. Could you explain it to yourself? It is due to management.
We have it now in our Dutch league, Twente has to go down. You want your
team to go well, but you go over your Budget. That is not the way to
do it. Mismanagement. Every big company, if you do that, you get
sacked, and the company is probably ruined. That is the same as a
football club. Was it still the right thing to do? The rules are the
rules. I can understand the argument against it, it felt very Draconian,
but the people have to work within what they see as the rules. Stuart
McCall says it better than any of us, it has happened, we need to get
on with it and stop it looked as if it would be a straight progression
all the way up. Looking back now, I hope eventually people look back at
those teams that got through those divisions and be very depressed. The
work that Ally McCoist and Lee McCulloch did. It is tough to get
all the way through and stick by the club. I applaud them. In the end,
they were going to get back, it took them a year longer, but they are now
getting back when he looked strong enough, and that is important. Until
this season, you would not say they have done it in style. That is a
fair assessment. You look at the transition from last season to this
season, it is huge. You can now see them settling into the top flight
and aching a good fist of it. Previously, there was a huge golf.
That is a huge credit to Mark Warburton and the players he has
brought in. You heard Michael Grant, who brought in a lot of guys we did
not know a great deal about, he has moulded them into a young, energetic
team. For the Rangers supporters, they can now look at that side and
get excited about it. It will be a good addition to the top flight next
year. There is Mark Warburton leading Rangers of their team bus.
Kenny Miller. We will get the team news at 2pm, that is as early as we
can get it. We will bring it to you at that point. Rangers against
Hibernian, the 2016 Scottish Cup final. We are also looking back, one
of the most fondly remembered finals is 25 years old, Tim -- Jim and
Tommy McClane led out Dundee United and Motherwell in an unforgettable
match, it still reduces grown men to tears.
There's Tom McLean and Jim McLean leading out their respective teams.
The build-up to the final was disappointing for the family,
because my father died the Tuesday prior to the game.
The second time that brothers have led out the Cup final teams.
The main thing was in the final, if you lost, it was your
The friendly family Cup final is under way.
My memories of the day would be getting up in the morning,
myself and Davie Cooper, looking to see who we would bet
on to score the first goal, I am sure he bet me!
I picked the ball up, given to Jim Griffin,
he went down the right-hand side, a great ball in.
The problem was Ally Maxwell had a bad injury.
Colliding with Maxwell, he is in trouble.
It was the act of his jump, the sharp end of his elbow
It was the way I landed, punctured the spleen.
I don't attach any blame to John Clark whatsoever.
I would have gone for the ball as well.
It is how we played the game back then.
He is going to continue, but I can't help imagining
they will want to test him again very quickly indeed.
I was really struggling with my movement.
Drilling the ball in low, testing Maxwell,
It hit the turf and skidded a little, rather than bounced.
I did not get down as quick as I thought I could have done.
I would have saved it if I was fully fit.
In the second half, another two goals, quite rapid.
We felt we were in control at 3-1, thinking about walking up to lift
the trophy, but Dundee United had other ideas.
At that point, I thought the pendulum had swung in their favour.
There's not one player that is a quitter.
We all want to win things, but initially we had to win it
by beating Dundee United, secondly we had to do it
with a goalkeeper injured, and then we lost a goal
30 minutes and perhaps the penalty shoot out.
Maxwell will be dreading that prospect.
Alan Main, a phenomenal goalkeeper, he fumbled the cross a bit.
It's a thing I have never said to the players, well done.
The final whistle has gone. Motherwell have won the Cup.
In the most dramatic fashion possible.
It was a great reflection on how my father wanted
us to play the game, the spirit it was played in.
It's the moment these Motherwell supporters have
It's so sad that they all can't be here to enjoy the moment.
Davie Cooper's contribution was second to none.
Philip was a young man at the height of his development.
Jamie was a ball-winning midfield player.
They'd be first four I think about, I don't think
They were an integral part of the team.
Every time I see that, gets me. It must get this man, Craig Paterson,
our co-commentator today, who played must get this man, Craig Paterson,
in that game, a Scottish Cup winner with Motherwell in 1991. It must be
so poignant when you get together. Great memories of a wonderful day, a
magical cup win for Motherwell, the supporters and the town. Sadness
when you think of the four lads who supporters and the town. Sadness
are not there to enjoy it with us. Just one of those days, the game had
everything. The brothers managing the teams, the tragedy of their
father passing away the week before. Seven goals, Max is the wounded
hero. Darren Jackson with a last-minute goal. It was Taylor made
for Kirky to come and score the winner. He scored against Falkirk.
He scored against Celtic. People thought Motherwell's name was on the
cup and Kirkwood scored the winner. A lot of people made money betting
on Stevie Kirk to score. Never been so happy to hear the final whistle.
Dundee United kept coming back. When the final whistle went, you thought,
thank goodness, no one can come and take it away. Still talking about it
25 years on, fabulous memory. Great memories of 1991. Hibs' Scottish Cup
semifinal against Dundee United, we did not know much about debutant
goalkeeper Conrad Logan. 16 months after his last senior game, he was
an instant hero with a series of superb saves, a couple in the
penalty shoot out. He is from Donegal, like another couple of top
keepers, Shay Given and our debutant interviewer Packie Bonner.
Conrad, for the fans who are watching today,
some of them don't know Conrad Logan.
I was born in Donegal, I came to England as a 15-year-old,
went to Leicester City, and I spent most of my career,
15 years, at Leicester City, until I came up here a couple
Your dad was one of my heroes, and he played for Finn Harps.
Yes, ever since I could walk, I was coming with him to games.
Why goalkeeping? Because of yourself.
It was you, your penalty save in 1990, I remember watching it
The big man from Donegal has set it up for the victory!
After that, I wanted to dive like you for
I was four years old, my mum was going mad,
When you had the homecoming and the books came out,
You said, "If you are half as good as your dad,
You were out for 15 months with injury.
Was there any doubt that you would not come back?
I was always quite positive that I would.
The surgeon was positive when he did the operation.
There is no quick fix for the tendon injury, you have
It was a year to the day when I had no pain in my leg,
There was light at the end of the tunnel, thinking
Did you ever think you would be the hero in a semifinal
I was just looking to play a game this season if I could,
it is always difficult to find a club with six or seven games left.
Half an hour before the warm-up, he named the team, that was it.
I was as relaxed as I had been in any game through my career.
When you have had an injury and you realise the things that go
on outside, maybe being a bit older and everything,
I just enjoyed it, I thought it was an unbelievable opportunity
They have asked the question of Conrad Logan now.
Early enough in the game to make a decent block.
Conrad Logan has just received a standing ovation
It gives the defenders and people I have not played
with more confidence, they can rely on you
The first Scottish Cup semifinal is going to a penalty shoot out.
When I came to the club, I did not realise how long
They said, "If you play in the semifinal, you could
The man of the moment does it again.
Jason Cummings has the chance to put Hibernian into the final.
The tweets and things I read in the paper about how much
Who were you on the phone to on the middle of the pitch?
I rang my father, I did not have reception.
He got the next phone call! I rang my father.
It had been a hard time, being injured, for everyone.
You need your family and friends to stick by you.
Do you have enough tickets coming over from Donegal?
We are all sorted and ready, they will have their seats,
Best of luck. Thank you.
That is one of those rare interviews where you say, who is the biggest
influence on your career? Well, you, actually! What a story, Conrad
Logan. Cliche alert, fairy tale. We all sat there watching it when we
came on, I hadn't seen it before... We were a bit apprehensive, let's be
absolutely honest, but he was absolutely stunning. And you watch
what happened after these saves. The first one he closes everything down.
When he finally became the hero and the penalties were saved, most of
the players ran to him, not the goal-scorer. The speed off the line
was fantastic. Technically superb. Adapting his feet to get to the
crosses. He didn't get up the quickest in the world after that
penalty, but he got up in time to save that one. The reaction was
quite stunning for the Hibs fans. It is like a fairy tale because he was
nowhere and suddenly a hero. It was a door to watch if you are football
fan, a great story. The Hibs fans must have been concerned, thinking
he had not played since 2014, and they ended up giving him a standing
ovation. When you see his size, you think he is not in the best shape.
But the save we just saw, I think also he has learned from other
goalies. He doesn't go too quick to the ground. He uses his arms, like a
handball goalie. That is why he saved them. They great story. For
somebody so long out. Respect for the man. Maybe more heroics to come
today from Conrad. Some of us and some of you know exactly what it is
like to play in a big game. Others can only guess what goes through a
player's mind during the big build-up. A fascinating insight from
the hero of 2002, Peter Lovenkrands looking back.
That day was special. It is not like any other game.
Coming into Hampden Park, the bus pulling in,
You are finally there, Tina Turner's Simply The Best
was playing, everybody was getting hyped up.
Walking to the dressing room, that is when I started to feel
I couldn't stop yawning, I was asked, "Are you tired?"
I said, "No, I am just nervous." I yawn when I am nervous.
He said, "Don't worry, we've got this."
You feel like time is going slow because you are excited.
You can hear it in the dressing room, the singing going on.
Half the stadium against you, half with you, it is special.
This Rangers team are lined up and ready to go.
You don't wait, because you don't care, you just focus
It's a big game, and you know that from the get go.
Just wanted to get into the game quickly and get settled.
Annoy the centre half as much as possible.
A couple of minutes in, I felt good, got some good chances,
you feel ready, you feel like you are in the game.
The ball fell for me, I took a touch.
Normally I would have played him in, because he would not be happy!
The ball goes in, there is an amazing sound that comes
Peter Lovenkrands gets a fifth Old Firm goal of the season.
Thinking back, you did not realise until after what you had
People running off the bench, the staff, everybody is so excited.
You are just trying to soak it all up.
Peter Lovenkrands with the Cup in his hand.
Two goals which he will long remember.
It is not until you come home, "What happened today?
You make history, an experience you will always remember.
Don't tell of the story you told us earlier about him, but he was a bit
quick. Unbelievable. You can have pace, but if you don't use it, some
boys always wanted at his feet, but he chooses it very well. We had
players behind him, we could send him away. He almost gave you an
apology for shooting! Should he have passed to you? No! I
won't comment on that! You decide in a split-second. Maybe he did not see
he is so focused. There is one thing on his mind. When some players have
something in their head, it stays in their Fed. He is a bit like that.
Don't give him too much information, their Fed. He is a bit like that.
just let him go. He can be incredible. The Scotland manager
just let him go. He can be here, a couple of big games coming
up, a couple of friendlies, against France and Italy will stop he will
take in this match this afternoon. This is the one I have been looking
forward to. It is a bit different. Rangers and Hibernian, we have not
had that for a while. The place is going to be full of colour. The
pitch is perfect. It is perfect for a cup final. I hope the rain will
stay off, the players can produce what they have done all season. They
have done tremendously well. Discovered stars on the way, Barrie
McKay, John McGinn, people like that. We hope they will enjoy
themselves. They can only be one winner, but it is a great occasion.
Everybody is looking at Hibernian and asking, can they recover from
not getting promotion? They have had disappointing matches en route. Have
they got more to prove? They have proved that they can play, they are
well coached, they have a determination, they have had a bit
of bad luck. If you look back at several occasions, you think... But
that will change. The only way it can change this by making it happen.
That is the only thing the players have got to decide. Hope that
Rangers don't play well and they can win it that way. Alan will say, we
have got to take this. You have media commitments, but you are
watching this as Scotland manager. What are you looking at's --? The
ability to pass the ball and keep the ball. The fitness level and
determination when things are not going well. To keep going.
You need the first touch and composure and decision-making, so I
will be looking for that. It would be remiss of me to not ask you about
Brendan Rodgers, a good appointment for Celtic? Terrific. He has got to
work with a great group of people behind the scenes, fantastic
support, and I am sure the players will be looking forward to it. He
has managed at a massive club like Liverpool, but is it different
managing... I have not managed Liverpool, so I can't tell you! But
is it different? Manchester United, Leeds United, it is different being
a player from a manager. Management is something else, it is a lonely
place. No matter where you are. But he has had a good grounding. Europe
is the big thing for him, he has got to try and be successful. The league
is almost secondary. You need to ask the Celtic the Pol their ambitions
are. They have a terrific manager. Enjoy the day.
We have got -- we have gone this far without mentioning Rendon Rogers.
The bookies were telling us it was happening, but how much of a
surprise that Celtic have got a manager at that level? You had asked
a week ago, I would have been very surprised. You might have thought he
could go to a top club in England. It is a fantastic opportunity, a big
club. I also think he fits Celtic perfectly. When you watched him at
the very best when Liverpool were playing the best under him, Luis
Suarez, Raheem Sterling, they were fantastic to watch. Celtic fans
demand that. If you are going to watch teams who want to play good
football on the ground, we have another manager who will play really
good football as well. It can only be good for Scottish football. Some
would say that Celtic have been on a downward spiral. Still winning the
title in this country, but their European performances have been a
disappointment. Is this a statement of intent? You want to go back to
where they normally are, in their way of football, how people see
them. Rangers coming back. I won't say everything is back to normal,
but they want to be there. They want to be ready for the next step.
Brendan Rodgers has so much experience, it is a good move. This
will have the Rangers fans talking today beyond this game, because it
up the ante. Of course. There was a lot of chat that Celtic had to make
a statement with this appointment, and they have done. Gordon Strachan
said you need to speak to Celtic to find out what their objectives are,
but there is no doubt, if you speak to anybody involved, they have got
to get back to competing in Europe because they have fallen away in the
last three or four years. That will be one of the parts of the remit, to
get them competitive on the European stage again. Aberdeen have run them
close the last couple of years, Rangers coming up, Heart of
Midlothian will want to kick on, so there will be competition at home,
but the European stage is where they need to get to. Lee Wallace and
but the European stage is where they Barrie McKay have been called up for
Scotland, you watched the semifinal eatery against Celtic hammered they
were effective. Amazing, how they played. For bucks
-- full-backs coming up and linking with other players. You cannot stay
at the back, you have to have runners, look at the best full-backs
in the world. The assist makers were the full-backs. You need to have
full-backs who can run the full 100 yards. It is not just the case of a
standard overlap. Lea Wallace goes inside the white man and gets to the
byline. They have linked up really well. It will be interesting. You
heard Craig Paterson talking about whether Alan Stubbs will play three
at the back and five in midfield or their normal narrow four-man
diamond. This is where it becomes a tactical battle. If Rangers have the
space in the wide areas, people like Lea Wallace will exploit that. This
is the flip side. When you play attacking full-backs, you have to
get the attacking cover. A deep lying midfielder is important. That
is the big tactical question. I look at them and think that they are good
enough. We have always known what we were getting from Lea Wallace.
Barrie McKay thinking about what lies ahead. He was out on loan,
there were all sorts of doubts about his future, Mark Warburton said, you
are the man for me, and how has he responded?
You need games in your body. I went from Ajax to two -- the Twente
because you need games. He did it also. Getting more knowledge about
what professional football asks. Everybody knew he had the quality
already, and now he shows it. I know exactly what you mean, having played
in wide areas. If you have a fallback that flies by due and you
give the ball away, before but can't go. Barrie McKay does not give the
ball away, he has an intelligent mind, he knows when to take chances,
and that is why they have been so successful. That one time they were
broken on, for every one they have lost, they have scored ten to 15.
Always take the positive. There are far more positives in that link up
than there are negatives. Lea Wallace is really intelligent.
Barrie McKay is a youngster, it is good to have somebody like that
behind him, went to tuck in and went to stay out wide. There is a good
combination between them. It is all well and good getting the
experience, but he needed somebody at Rangers who would give him that
opportunity. He could have got the experience and come back and hit a
brick wall again. Full credit to Mark Warburton for creating the
space for Barrie McKay to do so well. Just over an hour to go to
space for Barrie McKay to do so kick off. Last season Darren
McGregor was a Rangers player will stop in the summer, there was a
parting of the ways, and he went back to the roots, fulfilling his
boyhood dream of paying for Hibernian.
To be given the opportunity so late in my career to come to a club
that I have supported was a dream come true.
I don't think Rod Petrie will be happy, but I used to sneak
My mum and dad were short of cash, I took it upon myself to go
with friends and hopped over the fence.
That was my first experience of Hibs.
Me being a defender when I was younger,
looking up and thinking, this guy has ability.
We are told as defenders to head it and clear it and give it
to somebody who could play, but to see him gracing
Easter Road, I looked up to him and aspired to be him.
I remember the phone call, Danny Lennon asked if I wanted
I did not take too long to make my mind up.
I enjoyed my time at Rangers, they looked after me really well,
a lot of good people there, from top to bottom.
They want their own people, I respect Mark Warburton.
He said at my age I needed to play football, I agreed.
A club I have supported all my life, it was an easy choice.
I signed on the dotted line and got my number 24,
that was me, unbelievable, something I had dreamed
His man-management skills are second to none.
For me, that has been a big factor in why we have got so far
That is a trait that is difficult to acquire.
You can be a tactician and set your team out,
but if you cannot relate to your players and have
a personable conversation with them, it is difficult for them
The boys have worked so hard and done so well in cup conditions.
To potentially be left with nothing to show for it is really sad.
The grit and determination that we will need to show
on Saturday, we will be motivated by losing the cup final
The season is on a knife edge, having lost the League Cup
This is our one chance of redemption.
We are sitting here with a great opportunity to win a Cup that
has not graced Leith in a good long while.
He speaks well. It must be tough when the Rangers manager said, I
don't Inc so, not for me. But it has had a happy ending, he is back with
his boyhood club. He has had a brilliant season. I had not realised
how quick he is. He is lightning quick. He sometimes gets himself in
that position is. But his pace gets him out of him. He has got a really
good understanding with Danny Handling. He seems comfortable going
into a three as well. Not all centre-backs in Scotland have been
able to do that. He has managed to do it. It has been a special season.
Is it a back three or a back four today for Hibs? The managers make
the big money to make the big decisions. That will be one today.
He has played three at the back against Rangers. He has played four
as well. It throws up a conundrum. If they play three, they will have
more bodies in the middle but they will have more width. Craig Paterson
said if you have the wing-backs and the central three, you can combat
Rangers in wider areas because Wallace wants to get forward. Of
course. The wisdom from that is that Unigate one of the big threats of
Rangers. You will confront them further up the park. -- you negate.
I still think they have played so much with a diamond in the middle of
the park. To change it for the cup final would be a big, bold decision.
It is a big temptation. There are games when you say, right, we have
decent play, but if we can nullify each other... Hibs would accept
losing Gray out of the game if you take Wallace out of it because of
the effect he has going forward. Kenny Shiels will feel a flush of
paternal pride if his son can lift the cup. Dean's first taste of
Scottish football... A cup double would be a special moment for father
and son. Given all the troubles they have
had, did you seek advice from your father about making
the move from the SPL to Division 3? Yes, he told me to
stay at Kilmarnock! Throughout my career he has always
been my main adviser. I will always have him
to take advice from. What he can do with the ball
is quite extraordinary. From a very young age,
his friends where he lived in Northern Ireland
were all Rangers supporters. Because he was a free agent,
he wanted to try Rangers I can empathise with that,
because Rangers are a big club. One of the biggest
clubs in the world. Rangers, Celtic, Manchester United,
they are synonymous anywhere you go in Europe or South America,
they are well known. As Rangers celebrate
their return to the top flight The supporters are now reenergised,
back in the Premier League, back to challenge the Old Firm,
the old rivalry. The methodology of the manager
and how they play have lent itself Hibs were very good to my son,
they are a great club, Dean Shiels scores
at the second attempt. To go there and play for a club that
plays football in the right manner with the right philosophy,
that was a great period in his life. If he was to ask your advice,
what would you say? I would say, treat it
like a garden kickabout. You have got to combine
two sources of energy, you have to be mentally
strong and aggressive in your movement and your nature,
and you have got to combine that If you can put that recipe together,
you are pretty close. Kenny Shiels wondering if his son
will play. The all-important team news shortly. Peter Lovenkrands was
speaking about how a big match like this affected him. What were you
like on cup final date for Rangers? I was already a bit older, but when
you are younger, those are the games you are looking forward to. A lot of
tension is normal. Too much is not good because you get heavy legs. The
thing you look back on in your career, those moments you will never
forget. For example when Peter Lovenkrands scored twice against
Celtic in the final. That is why you have all of the work done before.
Those are the special things. One can handle the pressure, someone
can't. Of course that makes you a good player or not. What were you
like before the game, Michael? Some people handle it differently. You
just get used to do it with experience. Very young, I was a
little bit too nervous, the tension affected my game. Once you get a bit
more experience, you learn to relax and handle it. But definitely, there
is a big difference between if you allow too much tension to affect
your game, but you need a bit of nervous energy almost to keep you on
your toes. When I was younger, I had nervous energy almost to keep you on
too much. With more experience, I learned to handle it. I couldn't
handle the tension. I put too much pressure on myself. In training, I
was one of the best. In the game, I couldn't show it. When you get
older, you get to a place where you can handle it. I never understood
it. I had never been nervous in my life, so I never got it. I used to
be slightly jealous of the players who were nervous. Because the
players said it gave you edge and a bit of a boost. I thought it was
better to be comfortable and relaxed. I'm sure there are a couple
of players out there who will be totally comfortable. I can't see
Cummings being a nervous guy. But a belief in yourself. I talked about
Patrick Kluivert, he had so much confidence in himself. He even
thought he was a good penalty taker. I would say, you are rubbish! But he
thinks he is great. In another sense, that makes a good penalty
taker, because he has no fear to miss. You get the complete range in
the dressing room. Someone who is completely calm and someone who is
throwing up in the toilet. Everybody is different. People handle it in
different ways. My personal experience, I had too much tension,
I couldn't handle it, but I learned to deal with it. Some people you
think they are nervous wreck but somehow they managed to handle it
and they perform OK. Every team has different characters. You have to
get a balance because you can't have everybody the same. We talked about
formations and tactics. So much is about who takes the initiative, the
front foot, the back foot. Who sets the tone right from the start. Hibs,
almost every game they want to get in the face of the opponents. A lot
of people said in the build-up, and I would agree, Hibs have to go in
front today. If they go behind, it is a nightmare for Hibs, the
pressure comes straight onto them. It will be tough for them to come
back. They showed against for Kark they can come back but it's really
difficult. -- against Falkirk. But in the other semifinal, Celtic
wanted to do that with Rangers and they never got a sniff of the ball
in the first 45 minutes. It is whoever takes control. 51 minutes
until kick-off in the 2016 Scottish Cup final. Here is what is still to
come. Being Jason Cummings,
by two who should know. He seems to pop up and get
the ball in the box. We look at the making of Mark
Warburton. He is remembered fondly,
but if you know him, he will be rumoured fondly
wherever he goes. He has the ability to make
people feel very special. And will the return
of Anthony Stokes I've enjoyed my time here,
one of the reasons I came back - because I enjoyed
the first spell I had. Rangers will win it easy! 3-0, 3-1.
Hibees! 50-50. I think Hibs, definitely. I
have a funny feeling they might put us, like. Hibees! We are nervous but
we are hoping that Rangers win, maybe 2-1. Come on! Getting closer
and closer to the announcement of the teams. Rangers and Hibs. We have
spoken about what Hibs might do tactically and shape-wise at the
back. I guess Rangers' options are failure limited when you think about
it. Ball is suspended, King and O'Halloran cup tied. Law is short of
match action. I guess his team is almost going to pick itself, Mark
Warburton. For a lot of the season, there has been very few changes in
the Rangers side. A very settled team. A few comings and goings, not
a great deal. Coming into this game, a few guys missing, cup tied,
Dominic Ball suspended. The one question is in the middle of the
park in terms of what is going to happen. In the semifinal, Dominic
Ball plate number six and did it really well. I think Halliday will
drop in there and it is a question of who is going to step into the
middle of the path to take the place to link up with the striker. Not a
huge number of decisions for Mark Warburton to make. He will have been
quite settled in his mind who his team will have been. The one thing,
the number six position, Halliday stepping in and whether he can
negate the potential top of the diamond for Hibs if they go that
way. Going forward for Rangers, the squad size is an issue in a tougher
league. Not much to spare at the moment. No. I remember in our good
times, if you have only 13-14 players who play a lot, you feel
comfortable and you know each other very well. If you see a big team,
you think, is it the right way? For Rangers, it's perfect. This team
knows exactly how they want to play. I think it's a benefit. The only
problem is who is going to play number six? You want a creator, to
pass the ball well. Or you want a more defensive player. We will know
soon. Rangers haven't had many injuries this season. Hibs can
afford just about any player to get injured, they have cover just about
everywhere. It's actually pretty good. I don't think Stubbsy has many
problems. He can change and adapt during the game to do different
things. I'm not sure Rangers have that to anywhere near the same
level. You wouldn't want Rangers to that to anywhere near the same
get a centre-back injured today. If you lose either full-back, it makes
a big difference as well. A very, very good point. No many injuries,
so well done to the medical staff. It might be all about the
preparation and physiotherapy. And the way Mark Warburton takes care of
the squad and organises it, he looks at everything. You have to applaud
him and the medical staff as well. They have to get a bit lucky, that
as well, but that is another thing, Hibs will be slightly more tired. If
it goes to extra time, Hibs will be more tired. But Rangers don't want
any injuries if they are going to do another half an hour. Difficult to
know who is in the position. I would rather have more power on the bench,
so that is one area where Hibs have an advantage. Let's get the teams
with Liam. We are just getting the team sheet now. No real surprises.
Rangers, listed as the home team. Martyn Waghorn plays. He featured
against St Mirren in the league a few weeks ago. In fact, the same
team as that day. When you have 28 goals, he has to start. I think so.
Even if he only lasts an hour, fine, then you can bring on a substitute.
He will chop and change, with Kenny Miller moving into the middle, and
moving out wide. He is the top scorer, so get him on at the start
and see if he can do damage. If he runs out of steam, go to the bench.
Gedion Zelalem also in from the start. We wondered who would partner
Anthony Stokes. Keatings did so well last week. Jason Cummings, you have
to play him as the top scorer, and an excellent record against Rangers.
He is a big-time player, a confident player. 30 yards in, he will shoot.
Hibs going with a back three. That is the formation that allowed them
Hibs going with a back three. That to beat Rangers in the last league
game at Easter Road. Alan Stubbs hoping for more of the same. So
close between these teams over the last couple of seasons, this is the
biggest so far. Kick-off is fast approaching. Alan Stubbs will hope
today's milestone for him is significant, his 100th game as Hibs
manager. It looks like a back three. We know
Rangers are a good team. " A lot of the games they do have a chunk of
possession, as we do. When we have not got the ball, we want to be
difficult to beat. We have played with a three against them before and
one, and with a four. I have gone with that because it could have the
best chance of winning the game. What must you get right today? We
must get decision-making right, working together as a team, and when
we create chances, we have to take them. It will be the same for
Rangers. It has got the makings of a great game. It will be exciting. It
Rangers. It has got the makings of a has got everything you would want
the Scottish Cup final to have today. Rangers have had a rest, you
haven't, do you expect that to have any bearing? I don't know. Whether
they win or lose, I would not look at that as a reason. They have known
about it for a while. Mark has done the best he can do with the
timescale in between the games. We have been going Saturday, Wednesday
or Sunday, Tuesday. It has kept us going. It is the first time we have
had a week in between games for a number of months. There has been a
long time for this club, is today the day? I hope so. It will be
fantastic if it does. But we have 90 minutes, potentially 120, to put the
hard-working buckle -- before we can stop thinking about that.
It is Anthony Stokes and Jason Cummings upfront, and the back
three. It is Gedion Zelalem in midfield for Rangers, instead of
Dean Shiels. Other than that, no surprises. There were very few
places up for discussion. Gedion Zelalem, it will be a big game, he
has not played a great deal, especially in the second half of the
season. You would expect there will be a lot of bodies in the middle. He
is not the most physical. It is a big part, but there will be a lot of
people on top of him. From Hibernian's perspective, the free at
the back. Liam Henderson will be devastated he is not playing, and
Liam Fontaine coming in. But you can understand it. Yes, but it is always
disappointing when good players are not starting. I tried to figure out
who was missing, it was between John McGinn and Liam Henderson. You need
players later on. One of the things you said, Hibernian have looked
tired at the end of some games, and Liam Henderson put everything in for
every single game, so maybe if you need somebody in the last half an
hour, that is the man you need. We thought it would be an open game,
but with this line-up, I don't think it will be an open game. The
full-backs from Rangers will come up, but with five in the back, it is
difficult to go forward. They know that, they don't want to step in the
trap. Everybody says three in the back is five at the back when you
lose the ball. Then you either have to or three midfielders in front of
that. It is difficult for Rangers to break down. They have to be careful.
It will be a tactical game, especially the first 45 minutes.
Don't expect too much in the first half. Hopefully, a gold will open up
the game. Neither team will want to lose the game early on. The
Hibernian full-backs, whether they play four or three, they will
provide the width. When they lose the ball, it will become a five.
Even with a diamond midfield, they are expected to push high up the
park. That is where it becomes a tactical battle, who will get the
best of the full-back area. It is not only that. If you have three
centre-backs, that says something, you are not comfortable with your
team defensively from free kicks and corners, and most fans know they
have lost a lot of goals from there. But if you get free kicks and
corners, you can attack, those lads might make a difference. Maybe that
is what they are working towards today. They have wide players who
can put the ball in. Some useful pre-cup final advice coming up for
Jason Cummings, who has scored 25 goals this season, and he promises
so much for the future. Two other players have traded a similar path,
they are warning the Young pretender to stick on the straight and narrow
so as to not miss out on what could and should be coming his way.
Jason Cummings is going to have the chance to put Hibs
With my new barnet, I thought I would dink it.
It takes a special kind of player and person to do that
in normal time, and then do this to win a semifinal.
But Jason Cummings could not ever be described as ordinary,
and he is the latest in a line of brilliant but erratic
Garry O'Connor scores in the Edinburgh derby!
What Garry O'Connor traits are in him?
Running in behind and shooting early.
He is an in-the-box player, he pops up
He reminds me a little bit of Sparky.
He was a Jambo by birth, but when Hearts released him
as a teenager, Hibs gave him the platform to become
Leigh Griffiths, Fletcher, they have all had an edge to them.
Some people will like that, and some people will maybe
The Hibernian family does not forget its own,
regardless of past indiscretion or promises undelivered.
It is like a small pond, big fish in a small pond.
When you are a football player, everything gets picked up
on footballers these days, but it is part and parcel of it.
At a young age, getting so much money, you never had
You go out, you buy flash motors, nice houses.
Maybe you should have somebody who gives
With the younger ones who are coming into the game, you do feel an extra
sense of responsibility to try and guide them along the right path.
The players in the dressing room have a responsibility
I would not have a bad word to say about Jason.
He is just a young lad that maybe needs to mature ever so slightly,
but there is not a bad bone in his body, he is a great lad
around the place, he is quite chirpy.
He keeps everyone motivated, on their toes, including the gaffer.
I underachieved, maybe that was off-the-field
I don't know how many goals I scored for Hibs, 85 goals for Hibs,
That fills me with pride, nobody can take that away from me.
But I never really fulfilled my potential.
When you are at school, you imagine playing
I have done it, I have played for Hibs, scored a lot
of goals and played for my country, so I can't ask for much
What would it mean for a young local striker to be the man who helps Hibs
As I would say to him, don't let it go to his head.
Be very careful, yes, because everybody will
It is not what he will be thinking about at the moment, but some good
advice in there from two who should know. They achieved great things,
but were left feeling frustrated they did not do more. We were just
chatting about them. Really nice guys. But you can safely say they
could have done a lot more. They have had successful careers. You
look at Jason Cummings, it is almost like an embodiment of them ten years
ago. It would be wise of him to listen to them, because they will
give him some good advice. He is a top talent, Jason Cummings, the
potential is unlimited. Hibernian breed the Centre forwards, they have
a lot of talent but there is something a bit missing. Leigh
Griffiths showed that can be overcome. He has gone further and
been phenomenal. The possibilities of going further there. He is a
talented player. I don't think he links great with Anthony Stokes.
That might be a difficulty for them today, but there is no doubt that
the players they are playing against, he will run every one of
them. Half an hour to kick off in the 2016 William Hill Scottish Cup
final, Rangers against Hibernian 's. The early arrivals taking their
seats. Let's get a flavour what is happening outside.
Who will score? John McGinn. I will go for Rangers winning. But you
never know, football is a funny game. It depends on what Rangers
turns up. Hibernian looking to win this one. Rangers! I do confident?
Yes. Rangers is on a high, we can get into Europe. Simply the best, we
are the people! Hibernian to win, amazing.
Rangers and Hibs do not need to be introduced, this is the 13th time
they have played in the last couple of seasons, four league meetings
this season, it is two victories each.
Deflection, Jason Cummings scores for Hibernian,
Anthony Stokes, Wes Foderingham has spilled it, it is two.
That sets up a nervous finale at Easter Road.
Let's talk about those four games. It tells us something about the ebb
and flow of the season in the division. This was way back in
August, the first league meeting. It was close, it took a bit of magic
from James Tavernier. You need players who are effective with free
kicks, it was a great goal. Those games are tight. It will be today
also, not any different. He has been a real discovery, James
Tavernier. Unbelievable. To score as many goals from full-back as he has,
he has been a real find. The outlet he gives the team, a huge success.
he has been a real find. The outlet Hibs won on November 1st, which was
important because Rangers had roared out of the blocks. Good goals. The
standard of goals in this tie... Long may it continue. Some absolute
crackers. That shows there are some talented players involved. But it
was incredibly tight. That game, the emotion was exceptional. Hibs
getting the winning goal was extraordinary. But it could have
gone either way, and most of the games have been like that. This was
the last meeting of 2015, Michael. Hibs edging into the lead going into
the New Year, but Rangers stamped all over them in a 4-2 win. It was a
massive game. Huge expectation going into it. Quite a lot of thought that
Hibs were going to get the upper hand. Rangers put in a performance
to come out on top. Pat talks about there not being a great deal between
the teams. It has led to two thoughtful managers trying to find
different ways to breakdown the opposition, which has led to Hibs
playing three at the back, and also to Mark Warburton trying to find the
way talking about to break down the opposition and make it difficult for
them. By this stage, Rangers had just beaten Celtic in the semifinal
of this competition and they had won the title and the Challenge Cup, so
there was maybe something of a hangover in this performance when
Hibs won 3-2 at Easter Road. It is amazing how often it happens, the
team who needs to win the game will win it. There is just the extra few
percent. You find a way. The thing that underlines it, I don't think
there is any fear of either team. There is a bit of respect. We were
not hearing much of that from the managers. It was Stubbsy trying to
have a wee wind-up. He found none from Mark Warburton. It shows they
like to slug it out. Hibs win that one. OK, they lost a late goal. Once
again Hibs could find themselves in a position they have done many
times, losing late goals, but it has settled down to a real respect
between the sides. One player who did not score in any of those games,
maybe today might be his day, a player who has played for both
clubs- Kenny Miller. 36 and still doing it after all these years. If
you keep away from big injuries, you can go a long way. If you keep
yourself fit, you can still reach a decent level. Kenny came when I was
there, he scored five times in one game. Against St Mirren? Yes. He has
always the pace. What I like about him, before it was only pace,
running. Now, his runs are always spot on. The right moment to
accelerate. And be on time. The experience he brings... He is so
clever now with all of those years behind him. A great asset for this
young team. He has got better in the course of this season. He was
missing chances earlier on, he course of this season. He was
hasn't missed many lately. He wasn't playing every week. Since they had
injuries, Kenny has had to step up to the plate and he has. He has had
to adapt his game at this stage of his career. He gives a good balance.
A lot of the young Rangers players. He has the legs and energy about
him, whereas he can pick and choose. He realises when he needs to put the
afterburners on. That is experience, and he uses it to his advantage. A
year ago, Mark Warburton might have seemed an unlikely candidate for
Rangers manager, but the last 12 months he has delivered in style. A
Londoner who step out of football for a spell as a city trader. He has
Lamont has dug into his background. Lamont has dug into his background.
-- Alasdair Lamont. Griffin Park, the West London
home of the English This is where Mark Warburton came
to make a name for himself as a football manager,
but his formative years were spent in altogether more
humble surroundings. Mark came from Enfield,
who were a big club back then. He won the Trophy with them
and came here. He played about 105
games, maybe a few more. He would not like me to tell
you how limited he was, but he would tell you more about his
Leicester City youth career. If you know Mark, he will
be wherever he goes. He went out the game,
he went into the City. What differentiated Mark
from the average trader was his networking skills,
he was very good with people, he had the ability to make
people feel very special, When you are managing risk
and currency, you have to be He had the correct appetite
for whatever bank he worked He was studying for the Uefa A badge
in his spare time, but as soon as he finished in the office,
he would go on to train for whatever When we parted company in 2004
he was with Watford. Everybody would like to
have the opportunity to do that, but we don't
have the talent, and he had that. Having cut his coaching teeth
as part of Watford's youth academy, his big break came in February 2011,
the Brentford owner invited him to become part
of the coaching setup here. That summer he was made sporting
director to work alongside We shared the same vision,
but sometimes we had We discussed them honestly.
I did not need a yes man. I needed somebody who honestly
gives me his opinion. We had a lot of discussions
with agents, contract negotiations, and I felt at some point his
desire was changing more to go back to the grass
and I completely understood that. Because of the work we did,
we got recognised by other clubs. He got an offer from
a Premier League club in the sporting-director role,
he was honest with me, I got offered several chances
in the Championship. When I left for Wigan Athletic,
he knew he had a good chance to get I recommended him to the owner,
he asked me at the time, he was a natural choice
to put him in place, Mark played a big part
of the success of Brentford. Last year, there was a parting
of the ways. Mark decided that his view
of the future and the club's He was not out of work
for long, because in June He has embraced it very well.
It is a fantastic city. It was quite a surprise,
a long way from home. I followed him and my ex-players,
James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Martyn Waghorn, and I am happy that
Rangers is back in the big time. And the way they play football,
that is also very important for him. They are not going to overturn
Celtic's dominance in ten minutes, there is catching up to do,
but he will know that. The first job is to keep
closing the gap. He did that this year,
you could see that in the semifinal. Going into an Old Firm derby
and getting them to produce To be fair, they were the better
side from the opening minutes. He has kept in touch with the people
who used to work with. Half of the city now
looks at Rangers' result. That is the mark of the man,
very personable. The day he will leave Rangers,
he will leave a talented squad with a lot of quality,
with a lot of value. Everywhere he has gone,
he has improved where he has been. In such a short time,
he has even surprised himself, but his passion, ability,
knowledge of football and how he handles people,
it did not surprise me. I don't think he will stop here.
He can achieve much more. It's always good if someone says
that about you. Everywhere he is gone, he's improved, Mark Warburton.
12 months ago, you would not have had a clue who he was. Nor did we.
When Ajax played Celtic here, I went to the training ground and I heard
from the older people there for many years, they said, such a change
football-wise. Like modern football. He brought it in. All credit to him.
I don't think his venture into the real world, whether the City is the
real world, but risk management... Being out of football does not seem
to have done him any harm. Sometimes it gives you a reality check to see
what the normal world is like, although as you say it is not the
normal world. Yes, good football, fine, good players, great, but the
way he has coped with being the Rangers manager is really
impressive. He has been prodded and poked a few times, which happens
with other managers, the press, whatever. You are under massive
pressure, and he was under huge pressure to make sure the team got
up. But he very rarely seems flustered, he copes incredibly well.
If you listen to Gordon Strachan, Walter Smith, they always say the
same thing- you never know what pressure is until you actually see
this and feel it. He has coped with it. It will be harder next year. I
would imagine that having David Weir alongside him would add some
calmness. Weir cannot spell panic! It is just the fact he is a balanced
guy, quite chilled out. People on camera talking about how he is a
good people person, he handles people when. -- people well. Robbie
Neilson was on loan at Brentford and he spoke about Mark Warburton and
always said what a great character he was. He handled the ball well.
Didn't know much about him as a coach, but he said he was a really
good man manager. That is one of the most important things as a manager,
dealing with people. We are talking about people on the training ground.
They have a good feeling off him and he has created a good atmosphere at
Rangers. Influential in the tactics, sometimes you need a people manager
and sometimes someone else who is technical. I rate David Weir quite
high in that aspect. Is he making a point in only naming
high in that aspect. Is he making a substitutes today? Yes, it's a
shocker. You have plenty of kids, you could throw them on and give
shocker. You have plenty of kids, them a bit of experience. But only
five substitutes... Hibs have got the full complement. Possibly the
point being made to the owners and the people to put money in, we need
more players here. He didn't have much options... Yes, but put some
kids on the bench. He is probably saying, get me Joey Barton, would
you? A memo to the board. He did it in the semifinal, he did not fill
the bench. It's a clear sign, they are stepping up to the Premiership,
they need reinforcement. We are going to go back outside to Jane.
Soon. In the meantime, Anthony Stokes returning to Hibs on loan
from Celtic, and it hasn't been the victory procession he was hoping
for. Second prize in the League Cup final and missing out on promotion
were not part of the plan. He is hoping for third time lucky at
Hampden to give the Hibs fans something smile about.
Anthony Stokes with the opening goal.
I would like to have scored more goals, but I have felt like the last
six or seven games my performances were becoming more consistent.
If I was not scoring goals, I was assisting or in some way
contributing to the team, and my fitness levels got better.
It has been difficult, because at the end of the day
in my head I had it set that I wanted to get Hibernian
back up and help as much as I possibly could.
It has not happened, so it has not been everything I wanted.
But if we lift the Cup, it will take a bit of the hurt away.
It is something the fans have been striving for for a long time.
It will be a nice way to wrap up the season and give them
For only the second time in four seasons
There have been social-media suggestions you might have been keen
I have always been a Celtic fan since I was a kid,
Even if it meant missing out on the final?
He makes a real mess of that penalty, and Rangers have pulled off
Once Rangers got over the line, you need to get focused that
I am delighted to be going to Hampden Park
with Hibernian, to be involved in the game.
Frustration boiling over, he rarely gets a look in these days.
I was at Celtic for four or five months, I knew I would not be
It did not matter what I did in training.
At that stage I was pressing to go out on loan.
The manager either fancies you or doesn't.
Myself and Ronny Deila, I played reasonably well
Then we got to the stage where we both knew it would not work.
I have no hard feelings, I do not hold grudges.
Playing one up front against Partick Thistle was not
ideal, but he is the manager, you respect his decision.
Every selection he makes, you have to do that.
I think I am good enough to be in the team.
I will just have to wait and see what happens with Celtic,
Wes Foderingham has spilled it, it is two.
I have enjoyed my time here, it is one of the reasons I came
back, because I enjoyed the first spell.
The coaching staff have been amazing.
If we play to our capabilities we can beat Rangers.
If they are on it and we are on it it will make for an exciting game.
I am disappointed we were not able to get over the line
But come Saturday, hopefully we can lift the Cup and take a bit
He is keen that his loan spell has a happy ending. A big player, has he
had the right sort of influence since his arrival, or has he
disrupted things by having to fit him in the? It is difficult to say
he has disrupted it, but he has not had the expected impact. He was a
big coup for him to go from Celtic. On the face of it, you thought him
and Jason Cummings would be a deadly duo that would cause problems, but
it has not happened. They have not had a partnership. He is isolated,
one on one. That is the problem. He drifts into Derek Rydan's inside
left position, there is no partnership between them. There have
been moments of quality, but they are few and far between. You want
them in the box, because he is a great goal-scorer. He has scored a
few goals this season, but that is what he was bought for. Anthony
Stokes was bought in the hope they would kick on. You cannot say they
have done that. They have done about as well, maybe slightly better in
the second part of the season. But he has got quality. Now and again,
he has something special. If he scores the winning goal from a bit
of brilliance today, he has been a phenomenal signing! Sometimes you
come to a team and you think, I am the man, you want to show off a bit
and be everywhere. You forget what you are good at, around the box.
Sometimes you forget that. No Liam Henderson, will that be a decision
Alan Stubbs might regret? He is on the bench, but it might be too late.
Rangers scoring the first goal will make it incredibly difficult for
Hibernian to get back into it, but if you have somebody like Liam
Henderson, the adaptation back into a diamond, that might give them a
lift. He will have thought of that. Henderson has done nothing wrong. It
is purely tactical. You do feel sorry for him. If you look at Fraser
Fyvie, he has not had as good a season. There is a lot of sense,
this is a keen to -- 18 to keep it steady to start with. You have
mentioned Fraser Fyvie, you could easily have the lunar geek in the
middle of the park and Liam Henderson linking up. Fraser Fyvie,
he is clearly a good player, but I don't think he has the influence
that he should have. That is where the manager has a decision to make.
I would rather see Henderson in the side. We touched on Kenny Miller
earlier, here is an example of how he shows his match intelligence.
It is instinct. You know that the ball is coming. There is a bit of
luck, but remember that I saw for him, he would never have done this
when he was young. He would have gone to the ball to leave. He knows
where he once said. Coming free from his opponent at the
right time. He was quite lethal. It is not luck when somebody finds
themselves in the right position. That is instinct. It is years of
experience of getting into the right areas at the right time. Goals like
this are fantastic, he has always been capable. I would ask, is he a
better footballer now that he has ever been? I would almost say yes.
The amount of top layers that get to a level at 25, 26 and a I have got
their and stay static and fade away, because it is fitness them, but he
gets better and better. More intelligence every year. He is a joy
to watch. So many miracle stories, it is stunning what he has done. How
significant it could Rangers' inactivity be? They have not played
competitively for three weeks. It is a factor. I remember when we won the
league when we played them the, we went to Marbella to relaxed for four
days or three days, because they's we still had ten days to prepare. We
struggled to come into the game. It could be a problem for Rangers.
Hibernian want to rid themselves of this Hampden Park memory. The League
Cup final when they were here, they lost Ross County. The pain of the
promotion chance missed. They will want to exorcise the Demons of this
one. They lost out on silverware already. An amazing achievement to
get to two cup finals, but to lose them both would be so painful. Yes.
When you couple it with failing to win promotion, it would be a tough
pill to swallow for them as a club and the support. You look at the big
games, the Falkirk games, and this game, small margins. It is not as if
they have not turned up and performed badly. They have stepped
up and good performances, they have just not been able to see it
through. They have another opportunity today. If they could win
this today, it would be a good tonic for them. They do not want the
horror hat-trick. Nobody has spoken about Twente. It has been about
small margins will stop you look at the full cocaine, Kris Commons
smacks the crossbar -- the Falkirk game. There was a team going for it
and a team that got unlucky. Will it level at today? Goodness knows of.
You have to make your own luck. There is the trophy being paraded
around the ground. Rangers are going for their third piece of silverware
of the season. They won the championship and the Challenge Cup.
Can they get the Scottish Cup and Europe as well? Tony Higgins
enjoying the moment. Who is your money on? As an ex-Rangers player, I
have to say Rangers. It will be tight and difficult. Maybe I am
wrong, maybe 1-0, Rangers. A couple of weeks ago I had a feeling that
Hibernian would do it. Now I think Rangers are slight favourites. But
Alan Stubbs said it has the ingredients to be a classic, I think
it could go to extra time. Rangers narrowly for me. It is about three
in a row. I would not be surprised with extra time, anything could
happen then. But you cannot see anything other than Rangers winning,
they are the shadow -- they are the favourites, without a shadow of a
doubt. The teams assembling in the tunnel for the 2016 Scottish Cup
final. How are Hibernian fans feeling? It will be tense in among
the Hibernian support, hoping that the pain can lead to some joy in the
Scottish Cup final. Mark Warburton and Alan Stubbs prepared to lead out
the teams. Let's head to the match action with Craig Paterson and Ian
McLeod. Good afternoon, the build-up just
about done and dusted. Rangers and Hibernian have become regular foes
over the past couple of years, and the latest and final chapter that
will be written of this current series is the grandest of all. This
is the 13th meeting since two of Scotland's biggest clubs were set on
a Championship collision course, they have won six each since chapter
one was written. There does not appear to be much between them. But
something has to give today. Hibernian's failure to join Rangers
in the top flight will be felt in the coming months. For today, it is
all about wiping away the pain, ridicule and taunting, especially
the inner-city division, as the years have piled up without the
Scottish Cup. 114 now. It is such an Achilles heel, such a millstone for
the older Hibernian fans in Achilles heel, such a millstone for
particular. Some would have taken victory today ahead of promotion
back to the top league. It is all they are left with now for this
season at least. Rangers have been idle for three weeks, they were not
exactly in Bloom for the end of the league season. They sealed the title
with four games to spare. But they have not won a game since beating
Celtic in the frantic, frenetic semifinal here last month. Will
losing the winning feeling cost them today as it did in 1994, when they
lost it and begin I did? They were without a victory in their last
five. Dominic Ball is suspended, so Gedion Zelalem plays from the start.
Nine of them began the semifinal. Martyn Waghorn bolsters B-side. He
returns from injury just in time. Kenny Miller has won this twice,
once with Rangers and once with Celtic. Barrie McKay is in the form
of his life. Jason Cummings is restored to the Hibernian starting
XI, he has eight goals in his last ten appearances against Rangers.
Backing him to school is like printing money, he says. Will he
have the Midas touch this afternoon? Calum Logan was the semifinal hero,
Dylan the geek is fit and starts. -- Dylan McGeouch. James Keatings
scored twice against Falkirk in the play-off. Rangers list just five
substitutes, but that did not do them any harm in the last round.
The referee for the big one is Stephen Maclean. The 35-year-old has
described this as the pinnacle of his career as he takes charge of the
Scottish Cup final for the very first time. He has taken charge of
the League Cup final before, though. Jason Cummings, there. 25 goals this
season. Preferred to Keatings today. Hasn't really got that partnership
with Anthony Stokes working as the pair would like, as yet. This would
be some stage to get that started. Kenny Miller has been there, seen
it, Dummett. He'll be hoping to do it again today -- done it. 36 years
of age, Kenny Miller. 37 in December. Still such an important
player for this Rangers side. The formalities just about complete.
Lovely day on Glasgow's south side, for a game of football. And it is
one of the biggest games of Footballer of the Year. The 131st
Scottish Cup final. Despite the clubs involved, for the first time,
being contested by two teams outside of Scotland's top league. We know we
will have a lower league winner for the first time since East Fife
lifted it in 1938. Rangers shooting East in this first half in the blue,
Hibs in the green and white. The second time Rangers and Hibs side
have clashed in the Scottish Cup final. The other one in 79 went to
not one, but two replays. Two goalless draws followed by a 3-2
Rangers win at the end of an epic that required extra time. The cup
went to Ibrox. Paterson has played for both these teams, won the
Scottish Cup as well, and is well placed to tell us how this might go.
I have absolutely no idea and it could be penalties. These teams are
so evenly matched. That's an early challenge for Anthony Stokes. The
referee doesn't want to start dishing out yellow cards at this
stage, but Stokes must be careful. One more of those and he will be on
a yellow and then he will be walking a tightrope. 2009 was the last time
the Scottish Cup went to Ibrox. This is the first chance for the rages
supporters to witness wannabes finals since -- the Rangers
supporters. Had some refurbishment since the
oldest trophy visited that particular part of the capital. No
matter who wins, it will be the fifth new Victor of the tournament
for the first time since the 1950s. Then it was Hearts, Falkirk, Celtic,
Rangers and Hibs. There's a few challenges rattling in
early doors. That's what you want to see, isn't it? If the referee can
see the challenge is genuine, player going for the ball, he lets it go.
For me it just adds a little bit more to the contest. Kenny Miller to
McGeouch, who went off injured. It has been an injury ravaged season.
Here is Martyn Waghorn. Instant impact this season.
Four games against Rangers Alan Stubbs does tend to set the side up
the way he has today. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Here is
Cummings for Stokes. Hasn't really got anyone to hit in the middle,
Stokes might fancy it himself, and he does! And why not? Is it on? Is
it on? Hibs lead the Scottish Cup final! What a start. It is a finish
from Stokes, but I tell you what, it just seemed far too easy. The
referee plays a good advantage. The referee could have given a free
kick, you says play on. Anthony Stokes just drives into the box
coming he's not con fronted, and he knocks it by the goalkeeper into the
bottom corner. It's poor, poor defending, but I'll tell you what,
it's exactly the start Hibs were looking. Like Anthony Stokes, who is
on loan from Celtic, put civilian in front in the Scottish Cup final. --
puts Hibs in front. The stuff that dreams are made of. A goal on three
minutes. And Alan Stubbs could scarcely have dreamt of a better
start last night when he went to his bed. He's come under fire now and
again, has Stokes, since he made the loan switch in the winter. While he
hasn't set the heather on fire, if he helps win the Scottish Cup for
Hibs, nobody in green and white will give a jot about that. It's his
eighth goal of the season, his third, all told, against Rangers. He
did not score for Celtic against Rangers. All of them have come in
the green and white of Hibernian. It's a massive shot in the arm for
Hibs. They were talking about it beforehand, if they had a hope of
winning the trophy today, it was they who would have to score first.
Well, they have done. Certainly a major bonus. I think both managers
realise the importance of getting the first goal, and then you set the
tempo of the game. The opposition have to push forward to try to get
an equaliser and that leaves them open for the counterattack. Exciting
period of play for Hibs. Mark Warburton will be seizing the nature
of that strike. Stokes just meandered his way through the
defence -- Mark Warburton will be seething. But he takes it with
aplomb. The defender does not come across and confront him. As you say,
dream start for Hibs. Remember they have not played a competitive match
the three weeks. Hibs on the other hand has been playing
ultracompetitive matches. So you have two sides of the coin, Hibs
could be tired, but Rangers perhaps not at the races as a result of
that. People will say Rangers have not come out of the blocks quick
enough. It was a decent finish but really poor defending by Rangers.
Not something they've been guilty of often this season. Ten finals in the
Scottish Cup in a row that Hibs have lost. Jason Cummings is capable from
there. He was the Rangers Player of the
Year last season, McGregor. The Hibs fans are making some noise.
Understandably so. Here is Andy Halliday.
Well, immediately in the semifinal, they just got at Celtic. They
haven't been able to do this today. Hibs are going to drop off the game,
when Rangers have possession they will allow them to keep the ball in
front of them, but the minute they had the ball, the back three became
a back five with Lewis Stevenson on the left. Leaving very little room
for the Rangers forward to work their way through. The long ball
easily dealt with by Fontaine. Stevenson beats Waghorn to it.
Danny Wilson sold Kenny Miller a bit short, there. Gray wins it back for
Hibs, and gets it back from Cummings. Stokes has made an early
run into the box. David Gray started his career as a winner. I thought he
was going to go to the byline, take the last defender on, and dive into
this challenge -- started his career as winger. It's not a booking, is
it? No yellow card. The last team to lose the Scottish Cup final when
taking the lead was Dunfermline in 2004. It was Henrik Larsson's last
game to Celtic. Celtic lifted the trophy. But the team that has scored
first in the Scottish Cup final since, has won the trophy. It's Paul
Hanlon. Stalwart of this Easter Road club. Here is another, in Lewis
Stevenson. He's looking for Cummings, who is going to get there,
he's on his own, so was Stokes earlier, though. Not quite. That's
another chance for Hibs. Jason Cummings gets himself into the box.
Robert Kiernan does not get there, Cummings drags it back, maybe should
have pulled the trigger slightly earlier. Rangers crowd him out, it
comes back to Anthony Stokes, he misses the target. That was the
fastest Scottish Cup final since Colin Cameron scored against Rangers
at Celtic Park in 98. Last time Rangers lost a Scottish Cup final,
as the corner came in and there was a shout for handball... Really
important period for Rangers. They will not want to concede against PLO
they need to retain the composure they have been showing.
They need to retain the composure they have been showing since the
start of the season. Their strength is passing the ball. Which they are
doing, here. Miller to Zelalem, on loan from Arsenal. Barrie McKay
scored a wonder goal against Hibs just after his wonder goal against
Celtic in the semifinal. Here is Kenny Miller. Tavernier. Overhit
set. That's the problem, wide areas. Jason Holt, the only player in the
box. He's not going to win too many headers. Go, what a pass from
Stokes, here is Cummings. Wilson does enough. Sumptuous ball from
Stokes. Terrific ball, and great defending from Danny Wilson. He knew
it was one-on-one, is Cummings gets clear, he is through on goal. He
stood his ground and saw it off. We did wonder whether Hibs would be up
for it today. Such a downer of a week having missed out on a motion
in the play-offs, losing the League Cup final couple of months back. --
lost out on promotion. Jason Holt has won a free kick as well. I think
Paul Hanlon makes the initial mistake, tries to rectify it. Gets
there as quick as he can, but the mistake, tries to rectify it. Gets
minute Jason Holt gets the crossing, any kind of contact and the referee
is going to give a free kick. It's been a troubled opening 11 and a
half minutes for Rangers, but it could be wiped away here. We know
how good James Tavernier is from this kind of situation. He might
have preferred it on the other side of the box. First nervy time for
Conrad Logan. Slightly awkward as well. Could go one side or the
other. It is going to be Halliday. A roar of relief from the Hibs fans.
Zelalem to Holt. Helped hearts to the title last year. Overhit by
Danny Wilson. That's April free kick, isn't it? Flick on, there.
Head commonly, impossible for James Tavernier to know where that ball
was going to hit him -- head, knee. Stokes has made his way to the edge
of the technical area for the first time.
-- Alan Stubbs has made his way to the edge of the technical area. His
future is up in the air, it would seem.
Miller. Zelalem. First time for Barrie McKay, he was looking for
Miller. Very difficult to work your way down
the central area because Hibs have so many green jersies behind the
ball. He didn't win the Scottish Cup with
Celtic, Alan Stubbs. He did win the League Cup, and a title as well.
It came off the Rangers defender so he was onside. He tried to take it
early. He is trying to lob that over the goalkeeper.
Hibs' two wins against Rangers this season came at Easter Road. Though
they did lose in the Challenge Cup at the start of the season, way back
last July. 6-2 for Rangers, who get their first corner of the afternoon
here. Rangers normally take them short, and here we go again. Zelalem
to Tavernier. Certainly capable from that kind of
distance, Andy Halliday. He doesn't get enough on it. It's a poor
strike. Usually better than that. Mark Warburton is Scotland's manager
of the year. That was announced a couple of weeks ago. Plenty to think
about now. He will trust his couple of weeks ago. Plenty to think
players. They have come from behind. They know how to get the job done.
He also know this is is a final. A big opportunity, especially with
European football up for grabs. John McGinn, who, when Hibs beat
Rangers at Easter Road, was exceptional. Stokes has space again.
He is going to take on Kiernan again. Cummings.
Rangers will have to chase the game at some point. It is probably too
early to start thinking about that now. They would love to level it up
as soon as possible. When you have players the quality of Anthony
Stokes and Jason Cummings, who can do you harm, you have to be very
careful. Watch Anthony Stokes the minute James Tavernier bombs
forward, he comes out into this wide-left area, there is a big hole
there and every time he gets on the ball he is driving at Rob Kiernan in
that central defensive area. Stokes looks in the mood.
He wouldn't have been able to play today if Celtic had beaten Rangers
in the semis. An incredible statistic came from that semifinal,
Rangers had 63% of the possession against Celtic.
That was easy for Logan. Once again, Hibs have so many bodies. There is a
swarm in there and it is going to take a pinpoint pass to break them
down. Tavernier gets the better of John McGinn.
If you are joining us late, Anthony Stokes with a goal on three minutes.
Hibernian lead the 131st Scottish Cup Final.
113 Scottish Cup Finals have gone past since they last won it.
Barrie McKay is in the Scotland squad for the end-of-season
friendlies, so too Lee Wallace. That was not a great ball. Stokes.
Still in there. Lee Wallace nips in ahead of Cummings. Rangers do not
look easy at the back. They are all over the place just now, playing
balls across their own box and inviting pressure.
You are 1-0 ahead, you need to start dictating the pace of the game.
John McGinn made his international debut here for Scotland against
Denmark a couple of months ago and he was Man of the Match. Hibs, of
course, consigned to another season in the Championship. That will be
made all the easier if they can lift the Cup today.
That's a half-decent effort, but winning the ball, driving at the
Rangers defence, gets caught under his feet, goes for a chip and it is
on the top of the net. After that challenge that we spoke about, Mark
Warburton sprinted out of his dug-out to remonstrate with his
players to get into the battle, fight their way into this game.
Rangers off the pace, Craig? They seem to be. The early goal doesn't
help. Then they started playing the ball back to front, which doesn't
suit them. It is about Andy Halliday getting on the ball, players like
that, to start to dictate the game. Rangers need to up the pace a little
bit. Lee Wallace has been a major part in
the journey that Rangers have been on for the last four years.
Jason Holt has managed 12 goals this season. Andy Halliday is knocking on
the door of double figures, too. It's not just been Waghorn who has
been finding the net. Kenny Miller has 20. Waghorn has 28. When your
full-backs have got nearly 20 between them, that shows you what a
weapon they are. Hibs knew that at the start of the game. The back
three is designed to stop Tavernier and Wallace bombing on and causing
you all sorts of problems. Tavernier has 15, Wallace has 9. Halliday has
9. Holt 12. McKay 9. 20 and 28 for Miller and Waghorn respectively.
That's some return. 25 minutes in to the final. Anthony
Stokes' goal is the difference. I think he tried to hold, but he
just went slightly too early. Lewis Stevenson knocks it forward and you
can see in the cut of the pitch, he is just the wrong side of the
Rangers defence. When Rangers start to build from the
back, look how close Fraser Fyvie gets to Andy Halliday. They are
trying to keep him out of the equation.
It's opened up a bit for McKay. Waghorn.
The ball in is good. It is Kenny Miller. It is 1-1 in the final.
Rangers' Mr Dependable does it again! It is a great header from
Kenny Miller. The ball in from Tavernier is an absolute peach. When
you don't have big strikers, you have to fizz the ball in there. That
is a beauty. That is a belter of a header. Conrad Logan, he dives, but
he has no chance of getting there. A quality cross. Brilliant header.
Kenny Miller does what he does and what he's been doing for years! For
club and country. It's a tremendous header, but it was all about the
ball in from James Tavernier. As you say, Craig. It is Kenny Miller
against Darren McGregor at the back post, you would fancy McGregor, but
the quality of the ball, Miller is on the run, he is up early, holds
down McGregor, and what a finish. Came at a really good time. There is
never a bad time to score in a Scottish Cup Final. Rangers had seen
more of the ball and it was important, from their point of view,
that they took advantage of that, and they have. Stokes. Up the other
end. What an effort! He's so unlucky. Hibs were almost back in
front. This is turning into an incredible game. Stokes... What a
hit! Beats the goalkeeper. How unlucky is that? Cracks off the
post, spins out. A magnificent effort. His manager can't believe
it. The width of Wes Foderingham's post
has saved Rangers, having just got themselves level. Set up nicely
here. Not even on the half-hour mark, yet. Cummings gives chase, but
he's offside again. Now, what is the Hibs reaction? We got a taste of it
there, with the effort from Stokes. What a ball in. Great effort from
Kenny Miller. Got to be brave to come in, there. The manager is a
happy man. His team have not started well, now they've got themselves
right back in the game. Miller, who scored in the semi, looking for a
third Scottish Cup winners medal. Having picked up one either side of
the great Glasgow divide. Not sure how well that smoke bomb is going to
go down with the authorities. Lewis Stevenson who has stunned
Brealey to keep it in play. -- done brilliantly to keep it in play. Man
of the Match in the League Cup final as a teenager, Alan Stubbs with
Kevin Thomson just in front, a player coach, these days. Back at
Hibs for the third time. Of course he won the Scottish Cup with Rangers
in 2008. Cummings, he is looking to Stokes. Not many are beating Lee
Wallace for pace, though. Took a great position, Lee Wallace, saw the
danger, tucked in behind his centre-backs.
He's a big game player, Kenny Miller. His last international match
was against England at Wembley. He scored a terrific goal, that time.
Called time on his international career thereafter. 69 caps and 18
goals. But so often in derby matches, big cup ties, and this big
final, he has stepped up when it matters. He may be 36 but he plays
as if he's years younger. He has an energy and an appetite for the game.
Being a coach, you want to lead by example, and that's exactly what he
does. Zelalem. For Waghorn, who's going to get there. Only just. His
bonus is a corner kick. I wonder if Rangers will stick this one in the
mixture for a change. They like to play it short. Danny Wilson going
forward, he would certainly be the main target. It may well be a day
for simplicity. Rob Kiernan is going there as well. Normally he doesn't
for simplicity. Rob Kiernan is going bother. Now there are two decent
targets for Rangers. Harry McKay to take. Oh, Miller's got a free
header! What a let off the Hibs. Both sides have struck woodwork.
Here come Hibs on the counter with McGinn, looking for Cummings, a bit
too much on it. What a final we have ourselves here. Incredibly poor
defending again at a set piece. Kenny Miller is a dangerous player.
You cannot give him a free header. He is so lucky. Very similar to
Anthony Stokes, does everything just about right, and it cracks back off
he would work. Horrendous defending by Hibs. It's a free header. Umpteen
bodies back, extra men in the box, people are standing and looking at
each other. The tide has most definitely turned. Rangers so often
taking the short corner, as Craig was saying, Hibs perhaps keeping an
eye on the big men, didn't bargain for Kenny Miller, left of the
penalty spot. 12 to the break. Could be 2-2, we are watching, here.
It has been decent stuff. We figured these two teams would be turning in
decent fare. Here is Waghorn, he will test Stevenson. Showed too much
of it to Stevenson. Tavernier. To Zelalem.
He's such a dangerous weapon for Rangers down that right, as Wallace
is on the left, of course. Important period of the game for Hibernian,
you suspect. For sure. Rangers look like they fancy it now. They are on
top. Hibs were snapping into tackles, winning the ball, earlier,
now Rangers are starting to take over in the midfield area and they
start to look much more dangerous. Four energy sapping play-off matches
in recent times, Hibernian. Two against Raith Rovers, two against
Falkirk. This is Liam Fontaine. He scored in the League Cup final, of
course. The Hibs goal in the 2-1 defeat to Ross County. Dylan
McGeouch, who we have barely mentioned. 35 in. Fraser Fyvie.
Stevenson. Went through a couple, there. Just
done enough. Here is Fyvie. Good work by Zelalem. Looking a bit more
measured in their build-up that time, Hibs. I just think Fraser
Fyvie should have got the ball into the box. They were two on two, in
that situation just give your strikers a chance. That's ambitious.
that situation just give your Kenny Miller's 21st of the season.
His third spell at Rangers, his second was by far and away the most
fruitful. It all began for Kenny Miller at
Hibs. Against Motherwell, he made his senior debut. That's a sore one
for Tavernier. John McGinn has got to be careful, coming running into
the back. I can't believe how much room Kenny Miller has got, acres of
space, he pulls off. That is really unlucky.
Hibs looking it bit edgy now. They have stopped passing the ball. When
a player gets the ball at the back early in the game, there are two or
three to play it too, and you work it to the front. Now when they get
the ball, they look up and they are under pressure, and they just have
to clear it. Is the scoreline about right? I
think it's fair. Hibs started sharp, got the goal. Rangers gradually
started to grind their way back into the game. I don't think either
manager will be too happy at the way they conceded.
The winners today not only get to lift the Scottish Cup, but also be
playing European football next season. They go into next season's
Europa League at the second qualifying round. That, by the way,
is the round after Aberdeen and Hearts, who finished second and
third in the Premiership. It's great, if you get through the cut
you've got an extra couple of weeks to get ready and really prepare,
games under your belt. Rangers have it back, and it's Danny
Wilson. Here goes Barry Mackay, the
fleetfooted Barry McKay. Rangers now need to get McKay involved. Haven't
seen a great deal of him. Taking on David Gray, got clear, but David
Gray gets back, keeps him under pressure, and the final ball is not
good enough. Today's strike was Kenny Miller's
13th in what is his 22nd appearance for Rangers against Hibs.
Cancelled out Anthony Stokes's early strike inside four minutes.
It was a real dramatic collapse by Hibernian as the season got into the
business end of the championship. They lost three games in a week.
Went from winter to spring. Including a 3-0 reverse at home to
Morton. Struggled to get going since then. Here comes Anthony Stokes, who
is in again, here! Equal to it this time is Wes Foderingham. I think
this is really good save. Thought he was going far post again. Tries to
catch the goalkeeper at the near post, and he gets a really strong
right hand on this. It looks bound for the bottom corner. That's a
great save. Could have had a hat-trick, Stokes, who hit the post
earlier. Here comes the corner. Desperately tries to keep it in,
which he has done. In the McGregor, now Cummings! Foderingham again.
Suddenly the pendulum is swinging Hibs's way again. It is away from
Stokes, though. Another chance. Well, incredible pressure. Darren
McGregor knocks this ball in, it is an absolute beauty. Stokes just
can't make up the ground to get it on target. And Jason Cummings, what
a chance he had earlier, but again Foderingham got their quick and
smothered his effort. Lost a calamitous goal at Easter Road
recently, Wes Foderingham, crossed ball by Anthony Stokes that night in
Edinburgh which he almost patted into his own net. Some big saves,
there, though. Conrad Logan, who was the hero in
the shoot out in the semis. Foderingham coming out to meet
Cummings, there. Conrad Logan at some point in the
semifinals seemed to be having a personal jewel with Billy McKay, the
Dundee United striker. Here come Hibernian, this is
Cummings, he is chopped down, there. David Gray is wide on the right.
Fyvie. McGinn did well. He was fouled by Zelalem. Important for
Hibs, set pieces. You look at the three big centre-backs, they have
definitely got an edge in height. But they need quality. Late
challenge, doesn't make contact with the ball. Skips over but the referee
awards the free kick. All three centre-backs are in there, this is
an area where Hibs will believe they can cause problems for Rangers.
Interesting John McGinn didn't go down. We saw something in the
play-off match the other night, it looked like a foul, certainly, the
Kilmarnock player didn't go down, the referee decided it wasn't a
penalty. John McGinn's free kick for Hibs. A way by Kiernan. Dealt with
by Kenny Miller. Can't argue with that. Waghorn has McKay over to his
right, if he can find him. Kenny Miller, picking up the scraps.
One minute you think the teams are secure at the back. The next, they
are cut open. Neither looks defensively set, you know. Neither
team play that way. They will take their chances and get the ball in
the forward areas. Jason Cummings. He's dinked it over the bar but we
will forgive him that one, after his semifinal penalty. I think it was
one of those ones where he wasn't set for the shot. He did something
similar at Falkirk in the play-off and rattled it back off the bar. On
44 minutes-plus, he was quite entitled to try his luck.
It's half-time in the Scottish Cup Final. Anthony Stokes giving Hibs
the dream start inside four minutes. A lovely finish. Not great defending
from a Rangers point of view. And Kenny Miller levelling up the final,
a wonderful header, even better cross from James Tavernier, set up
the opportunity, Stokes with his eighth of the season, Miller with
his 21st. It's been an exciting 45 minutes with both those players also
hitting woodwork. It's been some first half. 45 minutes at least
still to come at the National Stadium. At half-time, it is Rangers
1, Hibernian 1. They have produced some memorable matches, these two,
over the last couple of seasons. This is another one. Anthony Stokes
strikes for Hibs inside three minutes, as Rangers backed off. Back
came Rangers. James Tavernier's cross and it was a battle between
Kenny Miller and Darren McGregor, won by the former Scotland striker,
a crushing header. Past Conrad Logan. The frame of the goal rattled
a couple of times as well. A half-time scoreline of Rangers 1,
Hibs 1. Let's get the thoughts of Pat Nevin, Michael Stewart and
Ronald de Boer. Hibs were threatening to run away with it.
Rangers will be happy to be back in the game? For sure. I expected a
tight game. Technical from the Hibs side. We saw a lot of chances. Great
for an objective football watcher. Are you trying to put words in his
mouth? It has been a great game. Right from the off, it's been a
fascinating watch, like Ronald says. The tactical battle, in terms of
Hibs going to three at the back. To start with, their game plan worked a
treat. They were able to counter on Rangers and cause them problems in
the final third. Rangers dominating Rangers and cause them problems in
possession and on the balance of it, Hibs have had the better chances,
but 1-1 is a fair reflection. Hibs started well and finished well. But
they have created a lot in that 45 minutes? It is exactly the tactics
what we expected to happen. If you play three at the back, you have to
soak up a lot of pressure. Hibs have play three at the back, you have to
two strikers up there so they will play on the break and they played
really well on the break. The other thing as well, Hibs managed to get
the ball in that final area of Rangers' midfield and Hibs breaking
from high up as well. Interesting. Exciting. Amazing game so far. No
surprise that there's been goals. Only surprise is there's not been
more goals. A great moment for Anthony Stokes inside three minutes.
It is a shocker defensively for Rangers? We talked about him liking
to go to the left. Of course, this is quite poor defending. A good
finish. The defender has to come in. Anthony Stokes has been able to walk
into the edge of the six-yard box, unchallenged and Kiernan doesn't
close the space off. He has a free strike and Foderingham can't get to
it. The defender has to commit the striker. It is two against one. Go
tight, outside, I will have the inside. You can overcover as a
defender. Let's not forget... He walks into the six-yard box and he
gets a goal. It was a pass. It wasn't a shot. That is the thing
about Anthony Stokes, a bit of class. He can keep calm in that
situation. That was symptomatic of the way the game was going at that
stage. Rangers equalised. Kenny Miller, we spoke about him before
the match. Yes. It was about who wanted it more. That is desire. A
fantastic ball from James Tavernier. You watch Kenny Miller here. That
ball comes out, he wants to get in there. He gets in front of Darren
McGregor, who has to be stronger. He's expecting, thinking Hanlon is
going to get it. It's a fantastic goal. He jumped early and... As a
defender, you are thinking, go and wipe the forward out there. Yes. If
you challenge him, you will put him off a bit. McGregor, because he
expects the guy in front of him to win it, he has ducked below it.
Still a great goal. Stubbs will not be happy. That cross has come from
deep. That cross has come from ten or 15 yards deeper and that is
because they have too many guys on the edge of the box. Stokes and
Miller have scored. They might have had a double. This was a great
strike from Anthony Stokes. We heard about how desperate he was to do
well today. He is having some game. This is what we are talking about.
It's a fantastic strike. They have done that really well. Question
marks about Anthony Stokes. He hasn't stepped up to the plate
enough. But today, so far, Alan Stubbs talks about big-game players
a lot. He talks about Stokes being one of them. Today, in the first
half, Stokes has been that for Hibs. You see the question marks over the
defending of Rangers. When you lose the ball, you have to be tight.
Every time the Hibs players, they have all the time to get the ball to
feet and then to run to defenders and they should be so much more
tighter when they lose the ball and that is a big problem for Rangers.
We are sounding like fully-paid-up members of the Kenny Miller
Appreciation Society. This was some movement but you would have to be
questioning the defending? Yes. There is a reason why he is standing
in that much space. Mark Warburton and his whole team have worked on
that. Have a look at where he is standing. He knows where he wants to
go. He is shouting everyone to get out of the way. He gets a block off
his own players. That is not a fluke, I think that was worked
there. 1100%. Well done, Kenny. A really good header. On top of that,
well done the backroom staff. Great working. They know that Hibs can be
weak at corners. It was a tactical success for Hibs right from the
start. The only disappointment is that they haven't made more of it?
Exactly. Rangers, before the goal they made, they had no clue on how
to break the wall of Hibs. Hibs were dangerous every time. No pressure on
the ball. They could choose anybody and this is what would be killing
for Rangers. If this goes in, it is 2-0. Then it is gone. Here again,
all the way, Stokes can walk into the box and shoot. This was terrible
defending and good play by Hibs. We know Rangers want to play expansive
football. That is what I was talking about before the game. Ball was
playing in the six position against Celtic and he did it really well.
The two centre-halves are not great defenders. Kiernan was getting
dragged into areas he shouldn't be and Hibs have exploited that. You
look at Halliday and Holt... Zelalem is back in there and that is not his
position. Wilson and Kiernan are afraid to give the space away at the
back... They are not quick. That is why Stokes and Cummings can easily
take the ball to feet. There is no doubt Rangers have been
uncomfortable. Have Stokes and Cummings linked up better than they
have done today? Stokes playing in that inside-left position. There was
one clip where the ball dropped in the middle of the park and Stokes
played a lovely first-time pass into Cummings. They have made themselves
very difficult for Rangers and they have caused Rangers a lot of
problems. It is probably the most successful, you might not say they
have linked up great together, the two have caused more problems for
Rangers today than they have in other games. With the two goals,
with the efforts rattling off the frame of the goal, then we had a
late first half Hibs flurry. They might have got themselves ahead.
Most of the possession was Rangers. How many times, it is Groundhog Day.
It is the left-hand side. The ease in which they get in there. Stokes
likes to go into those areas. He hasn't been as dangerous from there
lately. He is today. These are a whole bunch of chances. You have to
say Hibs deserved, over the chances, maybe to sneak it, if anyone
deserved to sneak it in that first half. Will Rangers look to
reorganisation? They do look vulnerable? The manager has to
tell... The problem lies when you That is the problem. They are
watching the ball, they give way too much space away and you can never
keep up the pressure against Hibs, so I think that is a thing he is
going to talk about. He will also say be patient, don't try to make
2-1 in the first ten minutes. We have 45 minutes. We have possession.
Most of the time, Rangers had the possession. If you are so careless
with the ball, and you are not pressing, it is waiting for a big
chance for Hibs. Are we seeing a rustiness about Rangers? I don't
think it is rustiness. Not having Ball in that six position, you have
Halliday who is there, he is lovely on the ball, but his first instinct
is to get on the ball and to see passes forward. He is not thinking
about where is the striker, where is the ten to pick up? That is where
Hibs have exploited Rangers. I don't think it is rustiness. Alan Stubbs
will be delighted with what's happened in the main? Some defensive
issues, but in the main Hibs have been on the front foot, haven't
they? They need to be more clinical? His tactics have worked exactly how
he would have wanted them to work, except for one or two cross-balls
where that mass of players in there didn't attack it as well as they
should have done. If I was Alan Stubbs, I would be worried about one
thing. McKay got the ball one-on-one against Gray and he flew past him.
That's a slight concern. You have not seen anything of them in that
left, Rangers on that left-hand side there. They are fabulous down that
side with Wallace and McKay. We talked about it before. Hibs have
their eye on it. Is he trying to do that for 90 minutes on a big pitch
against really good players? That would be a concern to me. The one
other thing that will be at the back of his mind is the fact that we have
shown so many chances, it's one of those ones, are you going to rue the
chances that you have had? Of course, it will cause a lot of
energy for those strikers. You have to run in the channels. You have to
make ground and can you do that for 90 minutes? I feel Rangers is not
of game. We Lieutenant wait and see. of game. We Lieutenant wait and see.
-- we will wait and see. I do think Hibs look like the team that will
tire. It becomes a big thing at Hampden Park because your energy
will be expended and the mental energy and the nervous energy...
Do you think Hibs would fancy having him upfront and available? Why
hasn't he got the green and white scarf on? To be fair he was
fantastic for us, he's had a great season. Looking at Stokes, if you
give him the ball in the right area, he looks on fire. A danger and will
presumably continue to be so. We wondered what the managers would
say, Mark Warburton, he would say, listen, I want you, straightaway,
when he goes to the side, go tight. Because they just let him run into
the six yard box and he's very dangerous. That's something they
will worry about. I think it is one thing that Rangers have to take care
of. Then you have already taken half the danger out. Second-half
commentary coming up from Liam and Craig. This is the story so far.
COMMENTATOR: Here is Cummings, Stokes, hasn't got anyone to hit in
the middle. Stokes fancy it himself, and he does! And why not? Is it on?
Is it on? The ball in is a good one. It is Kenny Miller! It is 1-1 in the
final. COMMENTATOR: Became the 25th
different winner of the competition last year when they defeated Falkirk
year 2-1. James Vincent scoring the winner on 86 minutes. Only one of
the last 24 Scottish Cup finals has gone to extra time, that was in
2006. Is that where we are heading today? Only been one English manager
to win the Scottish Cup, Smith, will Falkirk, in 1957, defeating
Kilmarnock after a replay. There will be a second today, but will it
be Scouser Alan Stubbs or London Mark Warburton? Hibs get us under
way. Shooting towards their supporters in the second half at the
Tony Clement. Rangers in the blue shooting towards Mount Florida. No
changes for either team at the interval in what is the 33rd
Scottish Cup meeting between the teams. Rangers have won 14, Hibs
have won ten, there have been eight strong ties. -- drawn. It will be
interesting to see if the second half follows in a similar pattern to
the first. I think it will be end to end again, the only question is who
comes out of the traps quicker this time. This is Jason Cummings. Hibs
trying to launch their first assault on the Rangers goal, here. Zelalem
pinching it back, though. This is the 199th match for Rangers
since they began their route towards the top flight in 2012. Began with a
challenge cup tie against Brechin City. Lee McCulloch scoring in a 2-1
win. Being a long arduous journey for the Rangers supporters. This is
Martyn Waghorn. It's good play from him. He just let at the vital
moment. -- he just slipped. Is Fraser Fyvie looking for the
decision? Not sure if he believes he was clipped, but he drives towards
the byline. If there a hand on his back from Lewis Stevenson? Is that
what he was trying to claim? He has certainly gone down too easily, the
referee is not going to give him a penalty for that.
Rangers keeping up this excellent record of scoring in all but two of
their matches this season. One of those was in the cup against
Kilmarnock at Ibrox. The other was in a recent defeat to Livingston.
Which was one of just five league defeats in this campaign. Hibs
inflicted two on them. I don't think I've watched a game where Lee
Wallace has spent so much time back. Good point. Rangers have
swashbuckling wingbacks. Here is one of them, James Tavernier.
Rangers desperate to win a National trophy before they get back into the
top flight. That's what one of their trophy before they get back into the
main ambitions has been over the past four years.
Tavernier to Waghorn, two players who have made such an impression for
Rangers this season. Slack by Danny Wilson. That just
invites pressure. Hibs have got to try to use the ball better. Rangers
look better in possession. But certainly a poor pass out of
defence. Hamelin. Stevenson to Stokes. He's had a go. And he's
forced yet another save out of Wes Foderingham. He's in the mood,
Anthony Stokes. He keeps dropping short. When he gets the ball there
is no thought about, what am I going to do with this? He's going to fire
at goal. Decent save. Interesting tussle between Stokes and
at goal. Decent save. Interesting Foderingham, as the corner comes in.
Just nicked away. And that's a goal kick. Danny Wilson was the Rangers
player who attacked that. Too much on the Cummings. This is
John McGinn. Looking further Cummings, he's going to find him as
well. He's on his own right now. Two arriving in the middle about now. No
way through. Wouldn't be surprised to see this go
all the way. You wouldn't be surprised if it went all the way,
both these sides came through via penalty shoot outs in the semis, of
course. I don't think either team manager wants it to go to that. It
could become a battle of fatigue or lack of fatigue late in the game.
Rangers starting to keep the ball better which means Hibs have to work
twice as hard. Good play by James Tavernier. Rangers beat Peterhead to
lift the challenge cup here last month before facing Celtic seven
days later. Looking at the bench, though, talking about Hibs with
players running out of legs, Henderson, Keatings, Berkeley, a lot
does not die looped the team at all. does not die looped the team at all.
-- it doesn't die -- it doesn't dilute the team.
Jason Holt. Halliday. Good harrying, there, by McGinn. Equally so by
Miller. How good was that? Brilliant initially from McGinn, and then also
from Kenny Miller. Some wee skirmishes, and the REFEREE:
Position, he can see no fouls being committed.
Some wee skirmishes, and the referee in a good position, you can see no
fouls being committed, let them play on. Here is Cummings. Not being his
afternoon so far. Know, and its Anthony Stokes is the man early in
the game, you know, he looked like he could turn things around for
Hibs. Jason Cummings starting today, one or two would be hoping for big
things. On the ball away from goal, linkup play, it's not happening just
now. But he's still a major goal threat.
Rangers looking forward to top-flight football next season.
Hibs would have loved to have joined them. They'll have to wait another
year at least. Very late from Tavernier. He'll be
in trouble for that. Yeah, he's totally committed, James Tavernier,
he just doesn't get there quick enough. You see the ball is well
away when he stretches into the challenge. Doesn't catch into badly
but the fact is, going head on into a talent like that, the referee is
going to believe that's reckless and that's going to be a yellow card --
going into a tackle like that. It's the first yellow card of the final
going into a tackle like that. It's four James Tavernier. John McGinn is
the conspirator for the high fees, here.
It's Fontaine. He does well to get his head on the ball. Liam Fontaine
is grabbing him. Another chance for Hibernian. If
they lose this Scottish Cup final, there will be feelings of regret.
Goes early for Waghorn. Really good idea by Kenny Miller. Realised he
wasn't going to get in on goal and self, Tavernier coming at the back
post, can't deflect on target. He's not had a bad season, has he?
Lee Griffiths, the Celtic striker, 40 goals he managed this campaign.
Could have been more, missed a couple of penalties throughout the
season. I don't think the Celtic supporters will let that annoy them
too much. Fabulous campaign. Enjoying a well earned rest. He's
not involved in the Scotland games against Italy and France which are
to come in the next week and a half. John McGinn of Hibs in there, too.
It's a long season. Hibs have played more than 50 games this campaign.
It was Anthony Stokes who was involved in this... Anthony Stokes
tried to stick out a leg to block the clearance. He may have kicked on
to the sole of the boot. He kicks him on the knee, so I don't think he
will book Anthony Stokes for that. Zelalem was fouled by Fyvie. That
might be a yellow. It is. The Hibs midfield three are having to work
really hard in there and Fraser Fyvie committing a challenge like
that and getting himself yellow carded. I would imagine Marvin
Bartley might be warming up shortly. You have to be very careful. A man
sent off at this stage could be so costly.
The Rangers subs today - just the five listed by Mark Warburton. Cammy
Bell is one of them, Law, Clark, Shiels and young Liam Burt. Hibs
have got Mark Oxley, Henderson, Bartley, Boyle, Keatings, Gunnarsson
and Dagnall. That knock to Zelalem... Mark Warburton is going
to spend a bit of time explaining something to the midfielder. In the
meantime, it's a Rangers free kick and Tavernier will take it. In it
comes... That could have been more awkward for Conrad Logan than he
made it look. Yeah, he stood his ground. He realised Kenny Miller
couldn't quite make up the ground. Fontaine was matching the run that
Miller had just got ahead, safe for the goalkeeper. Well done by Gray.
That's a sharp move from Hibs, the turn from McGinn, he puts the pace
out to Cummings, tries to get it in early. Over the pair of the two in
the middle. We have played an hour of the Scottish Cup Final. Hibs led
early through Stokes, cancelled out by Kenny Miller. The 131st final of
this competition. A long way to go yet in the Glasgow sunshine.
Rangers are dominating possession of the football. When Hibs get it,
Rangers are pressing them quickly and Hibs are giving them the ball
back far too cheaply. Dean Shiels will be on. He is ready to come on,
in fact. Just out of picture. It will be Zelalem who is going to come
off. Craig's thoughts on that in a minute. Martyn Waghorn... Zelalem,
who is about to be hooked. McKay. He minute. Martyn Waghorn... Zelalem,
wins a corner. Oh no, goal kick. Once again, the referee in a good
position. From here, it did look like it had come off David Gray. The
introduction of Dean Shiels suggests the manager is looking for a little
more craft and guile. Rangers have possession of the football. Zelalem
is more steady, Dean Shiels can produce a killer ball. A mixed
reception for Dean Shiels. One-half of the stadium cheer him on, the
other half boo him on. A former Hibee against his old team. The
referee today, Steven McLean, sent off Craig Gordon in last year's semi
against Inverness. Encouragingly for the Hibs
supporters, they were dead and buried by this time in their last
two finals. They are still very much a force in this one. You do sense
that Rangers are beginning to get a stranglehold on this. Certainly
possession of the ball. Very little for Conrad Logan, the goalkeeper, to
do. But the fact is, every time the ball is in the middle of the park,
Rangers can make eight, nine, ten passes. When Hibs get it, it is one
or two and it is launched forward and possession is given straight
back to the Ibrox side. Andy Halliday. Nice touch from
Halliday! There is nothing you can do about that! Andy Halliday puts
Rangers in front. That is an absolute fizzer. Defensively, he's
tried to take a touch, turn, set it up, but what a strike this is.
Across the goalkeeper. Bang! You will not see a better strike than
that. Conrad Logan no chance at all. Just inside the post. He's got a
powerful left foot. He's now hit a belter and given Rangers the lead.
It is a tenth goal of the season for Andy Halliday, who is a big, big
Rangers fan and he has just put them in front in a Scottish Cup Final.
What a feeling for him. And what a feeling for Mark Warburton.
Jason Cummings, his afternoon is over. James Keatings has come on.
Hibs need to get some sharpness up there. Cummings in the dug-out,
James Keatings is on the park alongside Anthony Stokes. Well, is
Hibs' Scottish Cup misery about to be extended by another year? They
have to come up with a response. James Keatings on the park now. That
is a foul by Stevenson. Hibs will have to take chances. I
don't think Liam Henderson will be far from making an entrance either.
Rangers will be lifted by that goal. Their passing has been good. They
will make it very difficult for Hibs to get on the ball.
It's a real Scottish Cup Final, a classic from Andy Halliday. One of
the best you will see in this showpiece. This is Stokes.
That was a good idea. From that distance, even a chip going into the
top corner, Wes Foderingham would move his feet and deal with that.
50,701 inside the National Stadium today. Segregation is perhaps
keeping it down from being an absolute capacity.
We saw Barrie McKay score a wondergoal in the semifinal here
against Celtic. That was equally good from Halliday. Every bit as
good. When you turn and move it out of your feet... He generates
magnificent power. A bit of needle between these two
this season. There hasn't been much sympathy for
their plight in the league coming to Hibernian down Ibrox way. The final
quarter of the game now, though. Stokes.
Others were asking in the middle why that was not fired across for them.
I still believe he is the man most likely. He will take defenders on. A
complete mis-hit. Puts it a mile way, but Hibs need to get him on the
ball. Liam Henderson is going to be on
momentarily for Hibernian. Rangers can be patient now. They
don't have to go chasing that ball. This is why. Just look at the
strike... Absolutely sweet as a nut. Nicks off the inside of the post.
Andy Halliday nicked that from his top drawer. It was wonderful. Hibs
staring down the barrel of misery again, as things stand. There is
still time for them to save this. Keatings goes in over the top on
Wallace. The referee is going to settle for a
word again. It's a 50/50 and he's thrown himself into it. He put his
foot on the top of the ball, I think. A word of warning. It is Liam
Henderson for Liam Fontaine. A change of system, back four,
midfield diamond. With Henderson at the front of the diamond, trying to
get him on the What a feather in the cap of Mark
Warburton it would be if he could win the Scottish Cup at the end of
his first full season. It would be three trophies. He won the
Championship title and the Challenge Cup. Delivering, as things stand,
top-flight football, silverware and European football. That's all in his
first season. Little wonder he is held in high regard by the Rangers'
supporters. The Championship, getting back into the Premiership
was the job he had to do. Everything else is a bonus. The bonuses help
when you are trying to attract players and trying to sell season
tickets. The Rangers chairman has spoken today and, winning the
Scottish Cup today would change the Rangers budget. Rangers looking for
their third which, you would think, would kill off Hibernian. An
important phase in the game here. 19 to play of the 90. Hibs have to go
for it. We Have 19 minutes to go. They need Anthony Stokes on the
for it. We Have 19 minutes to go. ball. Rangers are looking very
comfortable just now. Everybody wants to get involved in the play
for Rangers. Up towards Stokes, who has two Scottish Cup winners'
medals. One in 2011, one in 2013, against Motherwell and against Hibs.
Henderson in support. Taken away from Keatings by Kiernan.
Good full-back work by Lewis Stevenson.
They are linking up well, those two, the couple of minutes they have had
on the pitch together. Here is Tavernier. Just took his eye off
that. McGinn. Through towards Keatings. Back by Kiernan to his
keeper. Nicky Clark is going to be on for
Rangers, shortly. Mark Warburton looking at his bench for the second
time. We are hearing it will be Martyn Waghorn who will be
sacrificed. Certainly not moving easily out there, Waghorn. Lewis
Stevenson is getting off him far too easily. Doesn't have the legs to get
back and match those runs. easily. Doesn't have the legs to get
Where there's a will there's a way for Hibernian. Henderson to Stokes.
Towards Gray who was well offside. He shouldn't be off, he's the widest
player, he can see right across the park. All he has to do is just bide
his time. Decent ball to the back post. It's all about timing. Just
off and no more, but he should have done better, there. It's not been a
vintage afternoon for Martyn done better, there. It's not been a
Waghorn, that's for sure. But he has been so important to Rangers across
the season. 28 goals, bearing in mind he missed a large chunk of the
closing months of the campaign. He is replaced by Nicky Clark. Yeah, he
supplies goal threat but he will also work, Lewis Stevenson was
getting away far too easily from Martyn Waghorn, the legs have turned
to jelly. Stevenson won't get away that easily from Clark. If it stays
this way I am sure Martyn Waghorn will find a lot more energy, as
Nicky Clark's father, Sandy, watches on. Took Dunfermline along to the
championship. Dundee United there tomorrow, we
will find out who else will be in that championship, the final place
in the championship will be taken. Falkirk protecting a 1-0 lead
against Killie at Rugby Park. There will be highlights of that park
tomorrow evening on sports scene. Highlights of this tonight as well.
Rangers 2-1 up and heading toward Silver again. For the third time
this season. Henderson to McGinn. This is Stokes. Loads in the middle,
here. It's lovely play. He's scored one, but he's missed five other
chances. Absolutely must hit target, there. He does really well to take
on James Tavernier, on his strongest side. A lot of players to go
through, but he's cop the quality just to into the bottom corner. --
he's got the quality just to pass them into the bottom corner. 10:25pm
tonight for highlights of the Scottish Cup final. BBC One. Of
course there are highlights of tomorrow's second play-off leg. It
will be live on BBC Radio 2. It's all about the Scottish Cup final
here this afternoon. Just over 30 minutes to play. -- 13 minutes.
Keatings making his way into the box. Headed away by Wilson. And a
foul by Henderson, says the referee, who had the best view in the stadium
of that. Henderson doesn't believe that when the ball bounces, if a
player gets ahead of you, you are never going to dispossess him
without drawing the free kick. These Hibs fans have been in this movie so
many times before. They have lost their last ten Scottish Cup finals.
many times before. They have lost They haven't won it in 114 years.
It's going to go to 115 at least, if they can't somehow work back into
this. Yeah, looking for one quality chance, and it has two full to the
right man, or set piece, with the big lads in the team, they might
still believe that's an area where they can worry Rangers. Certainly in
possession of the football, when Rangers are well ahead right now.
When it comes to cup finals, it is the only thing. This is Liam
Henderson. Nice turn by John McGinn. He
couldn't quite force it back to Stokes, though. It's all getting a
bit frustrating for the Hibees. McGinn finds Fyvie. He teased Wilson
into the challenge, he's bought his team a corner as well. May have been
the best outcome, there. Fraser Fyvie didn't look like he was going
to get to the byline and get a ball into the box, so I think Hibs will
settle for a corner kick. Henderson's delivery is usually
pretty good. 11 minutes left. It's in! It's Stokes again! Anthony
Stokes rescues Hibs! They are right back in this! Big-time! I said his
delivery was good, he sticks it in a good area. But Anthony Stokes gets a
free header, bullets it into the top corner. Just eases James Tavernier,
his marker, off the ball, finishes in style. It has been Stokes's day
so far, his second of the match, Hibernian's second, and it is 2-2
with ten minutes to play. Elation for the Hibees. Just which way is
the seesaw going to go? These two back on terms. We thought it would
be very difficult to split them and that's exactly the way it is panning
out. Here is Keatings. And suddenly it is Hibs with the swagger.
McGeouch to Keatings. Gray on the overlap, here he is. Easily dealt
with that time by Wilson. As things stand, we are off to extra time.
Good play by Gray, court Dean Shiels napping. -- he court Dean Shiels.
-- he caught Dean Shiels. Niklas Gunnarsson is getting himself
strapped. Don't know whether Gray is going to be able to carry on. Strong
challenge, Dean Shiels doesn't seem coming, wins the ball, and possibly
when Dean Shiels comes down on his knee, might have just twisted it. He
was already stretching that leg before he made the challenge, David
Gray. Gunnarsson is coming on. before he made the challenge, David
Anthony Stokes has had more individual chances in this game than
Rangers have in total. He doesn't play through the middle, keeps
dragging himself out left, when he gets on the ball he can go on his
left hand side but normally he cuts onto his right foot. He's missed a
couple, to be fair. He smashed one of the post. But he's made two
count, and that's kept Hibs in this Scottish Cup final. The dream is
back on for those in green and white. On comes the Norwegian
Gunnarsson. And Paul Hanlon going off. Didn't appear to be struggling.
Niklas Gunnarsson scored against Rangers of course in their recent
3-2 victory at Easter Road. So, David Gray continues. Gunnarsson, at
six feet and two inches, we'll just slip into that defence. He has
filled in at right back, centre-back. He's a big athlete and
he is also a target at set pieces, very good in the air. Seven minutes
of being normal time left. Henderson asking a lot of Gray, who
is already moving a little gingerly. That's really sloppy. I just wonder
if either team fancy winning this before the final whistle. When you
talk about fatigue and heavy legs. Hibs have no substrate on in extra
getting the message on to go for it getting the message on to go for it
-- no subs to bring on in extra time. It has been an energy sapping
couple of weeks, playing Raith Rovers twice, playing Falkirk twice.
Having to lift his players for this final. Scottish Cup finals would
normally lift you just by remembering that you have to take
part in it. But this has been a very different period for Hibernian. The
disappointment of not managing to gain promotion.
disappointment of not managing to gain promotion. Stokes with a double
for Hibs. Miller, and a classic from Halliday.
Rangers leading 2-1, having trailed 1-0.
McKay's ball in. Think it was his hand it came off.
By all accounts Alan Stubbs has missed the Hibs equaliser from
Anthony Stokes. Nature called. What can you do? Got to go, you've got to
go, Craig. He might be tempted to go again! Here is Holt. Runs out of
pitch. Not bad news to come back out to, to be fair. Interesting inside
when he heard the cheer, because you've no idea who is chairing. --
you've no idea who is cheering. Four minutes left to play and you can
just about squeeze a cigarette paper between the two of them. Everyone
starts to get nervous round about now. You know one mistake, the ball
is in the back of the net and there is no time to recover.
We haven't had extra time in a Scottish Cup final for ten years.
It's not a competition that is normally decided by penalty shoot
It's not a competition that is outs, just a couple, Celtic in 1990.
McGinn almost found Keatings. Very close to being the perfect pass. But
Wes Foderingham sharp off his line. Hearers Tavernier, Dean Shiels to
his right. It is at the expense of a Rangers corner. I can't believe
Rangers are going to take this one short. The two centre-backs have got
themselves forward. You get in the mix-up and see what you can do.
Kenny Miller rattled the bar last time they had a corner kick.
Tavernier. That's annoyed the Rangers support. It's a head knock.
Not sure if it is the two Hibs players that have clashed. I don't
think the referee can afford to take chances when a player goes down as
quickly as that. Not at all. It's the two of them that's clashed. They
have used all their substitutions, Craig. That will be a major problem
if they lose a player. It's a big patch at Hampden. With ten men, it
is hard to cover the ground, especially against a team like
Rangers. They can take it out of your legs. A replay of the goal.
Anthony Stokes, just eases James Tavernier aside too easily. That is
a brilliant header. No chance for the keeper. He's been Hibs man
a brilliant header. No chance for the day. Not just his two goals,
he's put himself about today. We haven't seen much of that since he
returned to Easter Road on loan. He's the type of player who can turn
games. He tries the exceptional. If it doesn't come off, he will try it
again. It doesn't bother him. Other players try it once. Anthony Stokes
will keep trying to do something to get his team the win. He's proven
over the last ten years, Craig, that he's as good as anyone as far as
Scottish football is concerned, scoring goals. It is amazing how far
he's fallen down the pecking order at Celtic.
Injury-time upon us. Extra time will be four minutes after that.
Rangers are hunting down the goal that would surely win the Scottish
Cup. Good pressing by Gray. Brilliantly
done. Pressure, pressure, pressure, would not give up. Fyvie has space
to operate in here. He has Stokes to the left. He delayed it slightly.
Stokes. Into injury-time. Wow! He's hit this really well. The angle is
really tight. It's a decent save. He struck it well. Imagine being the
Hibs player who scores a hat-trick in the final minute of the Scottish
Cup Final! In goes the goal for David Gray!
A stunning moment, in stoppage-time! In one stretch of the neck muscles,
Hibernian's Scottish Cup pain and misery could be over. What a touch
from the skipper. He's gone up there, he's brave, he's got his head
on it. He's knocked it into the back of the net. Another decent corner
on it. He's knocked it into the back from Liam Henderson. The man who
wanted it most was David Gray. No chance for the goalkeeper. And Hibs
are now in pole position to win the Cup. Quite astonishing. Hibs are two
minutes away from winning the Scottish Cup. Two minutes is nothing
compared to 114 years. We thought David Gray was going to be off a
moment or two ago because of injury. If Hibs don't win the Scottish Cup
from this point, then it will be a new way to torture their supporters.
Anthony Stokes urges James Keatings into the corner. The Hibs fans all
on their feet. Rangers can't quite believe it.
The long ball is for Tavernier. It is not going to make it. Hibs will
The long ball is for Tavernier. It take an eternity to get this ball
back into play. Conrad Logan will get the ball, he is going to saunter
over and try and run down that clock as best he can.
We could be about to see something very, very special for Hibernian
Football Club. There will be a few seconds over the 94 because of the
goal that appears to be the winner. It was a crazy challenge by Dylan
McGeouch to give away a free kick... Wait a minute, he's changed his
decision. He's given the free kick to Hibs for a hand, an arm that came
up? Now, it is a chance for Hibs to knock this into the corner. If it
goes out of play, they don't care. Rangers have played their part in
this final but they are very much about to be the sideshow.
All eyes are on Steven McLean, the referee. Do Rangers have one last
chance? No, they don't! Ladies and gentlemen, you are witness to a
moment of Scottish sporting history. Hibernian have won the Scottish Cup!
114 years of torment, heartbreak and suffering, ten straight Scottish Cup
Final defeats are at an end. It has all got too much for the Hibs
supporters. One of Scottish football's longest standing side
stories has finally reached its conclusion. Last time they won this
trophy, it was the year that Real Madrid were formed, the vacuum
cleaner was invented, King Edward VII was Britain's monarch, that is
how long it's been! Generation after generation have suffered. These are
scenes the SFA will not want to see. The Rangers supporters beginning to
make their way on to the park now as well. It is not what anyone wanted
to witness today. Rangers played their part today. Goals from Miller
and Halliday turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Stokes opened the
scoring. Stokes made it 2-2. And the Hibernian skipper David Gray has won
Hibernian the Scottish Cup and Alan Stubbs is with Chris.
Hibernian the Scottish Cup and Alan Congratulations, the long wait is
over. Describe your feelings to me. Woah, it is difficult right now. I
thought the players were unbelievable, the way we started the
game and the way we finished it. They deserve this, they have had
some knockers, but they have had a long, hard season. Every cloud has a
silver lining and today we have got that silver lining. Did you feel
after that first half, perhaps it was slipping away? It's weird...
Woah, a bit emotional. I have probably dreamt this. I thought we
were going to win the game 3-1. This was weeks ago. I just had a funny
feeling. I knew the players were so disappointed last Friday. I knew by
the reaction on Monday that they were ready for this game. Delighted
for all the fans, the players, the football club. The history makers...
This means so much to you? It does. You work with them every day. They
have had a lot of bad luck against them, you know. And to see them
actually achieve it is fantastic. Congratulations. Enjoy it. Cheers.
We are seeing scenes reminiscent of the 1980 Scottish Cup Final, rioting
at the end of the Rangers-Celtic game. You can forgive some of the
Hibs supporters for going out of their minds temporarily. Just four
years ago, they all streamed out of here in tears after a humiliation at
the hands of Hearts. For those who went through that turmoil and all
the other trials and tribulations, can eradicate all those painful
memories, they have done it and few will grudge them this almighty
triumph, Craig Paterson? It is an incredible end. We want to see the
Cup presented. After that length of time, you want everything to be
smooth. You want the lap of honour. That is not going to happen. Some
people are on just celebrating, that's fine. At the other end, there
will be problems and there will be repercussions and the last thing we
wanted to see, it was an incredible game of football. It was an
incredible end. We don't need this. No, the horses are out. The police
horses. It is something we haven't seen in a generation, let alone the
generations that have passed since Hibs last won the Scottish Cup.
Rangers supporters spilled out on to the pitch as well. The drama of the
injury-time winner from David Gray was all too much for the Hibs
supporters. This has been pent up inside them for 114 years. They have
had misery after misery in this competition. Misery after misery...
Not even Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnston, and Willie Ormond managed
to do this. It has been zero years since Hibs won the Scottish Cup. It
is glory, glory to the Hibees. The chief has put Sunshine on Leith. It
finished here at Hampden Park, Rangers 2, Hibernian 3.
STUDIO: Thank goodness there is a police presence on the pitch now to
get between the two sets of support. What is a glory day for Hibs, no
doubt about that. It's gone pretty ugly in the last few minutes. It is
scenes of celebration and it will be long into the night for the Hibs
fans. An historic day for them. But those scenes outside on the pitch
are ones we hope to avoid, Pat. It was a lot worse than that in 1980.
We don't want to see that. There is an argument you can understand the
level of 114 years worth of frustration bubbling over. So you
run on the pitch. It is never right to do it. But you understand it. It
is absolutely not right. Without taking the shine off it, it has not
ruined it. That is not what anybody at Hibs wants to see. It was a
fabulous game of football. Look, it is what it is outside. We should be
focussing on the game. We have seen a great game of football today. The
second half dipped a little bit in terms of the start. The tempo went
down. Rangers had it in their hands at 2-1. They could have seen the
game out and Hibs looked dead on their feet. From somewhere, they got
a second wind and came back at Rangers. At the end of it, they
thoroughly deserved that victory. I am delighted for the club and for
the Hibs support. They have waited a long time for it. We should focus on
the game because it was a great game of football. It will be some
celebration, Ronald, when you have waited 114 years to win the Scottish
Cup, 1902? He is getting emotional next to me! You know in the back of
your mind if you win a prize like that with Hibs, you will be standing
in history for a long, long time. I must say, of course, if Rangers kept
the ball a little bit, I would never see Hibs coming back in the game.
Every second ball they lost. Easy passes. Then they deserve to win
after that. We said, after the 2-2, Hibs will win it. If one team is
going to score, it was Hibs. In the final analysis, was it about desire,
Michael? That was it. Hibs looked dead on their feet at 2-1. Pat had
spoken about trying to change the formation to get back into the game.
They didn't pose a threat in the second half. Just lifted their
energy levels from somewhere. There is a family snap, the Murray family
celebrating the Hibs win as much as anyone at the moment. Judy Murray in
charge of the photograph and Andy Murray, who is getting himself
started in the French Open tennis will be delighted to hear the news
from here as well. Yes, you take a lot of stick over
the years as a Hibs fan waiting for this moment. It almost hasn't sunk
in yet. They need to get everybody off the pitch so they can lift the
trophy. The Hibs like to celebrate by singing sunshine in Leith and
everything, they've not had chance to do that yet. And we'd like to see
that chance. And also the players, you want to get out there and
celebrate with the fans. Hopefully with them in the stands. There is an
irony, Hibs fans have waited so long to win the Scottish Cup, what
they've done by coming on the pitch is delaying the presentation of that
piece of silverware. I can understand why some Hibs fans are on
the pitch, but the ones that run up to Rangers fans, that's silly. We
can hear from Anthony Stokes. Talk me through that. I am stuck for
words at the moment, just an unbelievable day and an unbelievable
result. What a performance and effort from all the staff, players,
everybody at the club. I think we deserved it today. We never gave up,
never gave in. One of the highlights of my career. On a personal level, a
dream day for you? It was unbelievable. I actually thought I
could have had a couple more goals. I scored at good stages in the game.
I think it's fitting that David Gray scores the winner. He's been
outstanding. Great captain and he's led us great throughout the season.
For the fans it's just unbelievable. With the history. It's hard to put
it into words at the moment. Some boisterous scenes at the end. Your
manager saying well done. It's been a long wait for this club, hasn't
it? Yes, so much talk about it here, and this year to get beaten in a
final already, but this is the one we wanted. We wanted to get
promotion this year but for the fans we wanted. We wanted to get
this will mean a lot and we are grateful for the support. We will
just enjoy it now. Spoke to you a few days ago about using today to
answer some critics, do you feel you did that? I did. I heard a couple of
people piping up before the game, ex-players than that. I said to you
I never doubted my own ability. It's down to me to perform and I done
that today. I don't care about my performance or my goals, I'm just so
happy that the club has finally won this cup. Congratulations and enjoy
your night. Cheers. Getting raffled on the way passed by Alan Stubbs. I
think Celtic have a year option on keeping Anthony Stokes, and based on
that they probably will. Hibs would obviously love to keep him if they
could possibly do that. These are all worries for another day. One
last word, Alan Stubbs made the change we were screaming for here,
bringing Henderson on, goes on to win 3-2, well done, manager. Two
more words, John McGinn. Silly question, how are you feeling?
Unbelievable. Everyone questioned my character and bottle, and to come
back from 2-1 down to win 3-2. I'm just delighted for the fans and
everyone associated with the club. It has been hanging over their heads
for a long time and we have finally done it and I am over the moon. Is
that phrase beginning to annoy the players? Definitely... There's
absolutely no chance of this happening. It was an ambitious move,
but it was never really happening, was it? They have just about left
you alone. Was it beginning to annoy you guys? It was. When you know it
is not true, you have that you guys? It was. When you know it
determination inside you to go and do it. It was just an incredible
feeling. The manager said he always believed in you guys. Yes, the whole
week. I had a feeling we were going to do it, and we were all positive
going into it. Rangers are a good side, don't get me wrong, and they
had a lot of the ball. But we were more clinical. Well done, enjoy your
night. How much of a difference will the Scottish Cup final win make to
Hibs in terms of the squad they can have next season? It could be huge.
Obviously next season they are not going to have any televised games in
the championship. They are going to lose the parachute payments. The
potential of attracting and keeping people with European football, that
could be massive. You can't quantify it at the moment. Hibs managed to
keep hold of the majority of that squad then I think the club as a
whole have done a great job, keeping that squad together. Hopefully we
will get a trophy presentation eventually. As a supporter as
opposed to a player I would have preferred winning the Scottish Cup
than going up. I know every player and every person at the club would
have probably preferred to go up. But this will be remembered longer.
For the fans. Exactly. Championship to the Premiership, there is
something there. Very important. But this will be remembered. Nobody
remembered that you got back to the Premier League, Hibs should be in
the Premier League. Let's hear from the man who scored the goal which
set of this, the late, late show the man who scored the goal which
from David Gray. I have a feeling that is a gold you will not forget
for a long time? I don't forget many to be honest. James made of this.
Scoring a goal in the last minute. It is Roy of the Rovers stuff. Yes.
Talk me through the goal itself. I just remember there being a corner,
great delivery, he put two great balls in. I was getting my head on
it first and that's all I can remember to be honest. The manager,
John McGinn, Anthony Stokes, all said that phrase was beginning to
annoy you. Yes, so disappointed not to get promoted, we believed we were
good enough to get out of this league. Winning the cup just puts to
bed people saying you do not have the character. We have managed to
come back, and it is credit to the lads and everybody involved,
amazing. Does that heal the wounds lads and everybody involved,
of the play-offs? It certainly helps, definitely. I'm sure the fans
will go home very happy. We are not in the SPL next season but it gives
us the confidence we can go on to win the league next year. Talk to me
about what the manager means to these players and his input this
season? Not just this season but from the minute he came on the door.
I was lucky enough to be his first signing and I've got a lot to be
thankful for. He's built this team, him and all his staff. It's been
such a group effort. So happy to be involved. You are the cup final
hero, enjoy it. Cheers. Shades of Wembley from way back with that
collapsed set of goalposts. I think many fans are getting a mentor of
the special occasion. We used to laugh a bit about. Finally they have
got it under control and hopefully these fans can enjoy something
they've waited a decent little period of time for. And let's not
forget in the midst of this, that was a really entertaining Scottish
Cup final today. Great game, wasn't was a really entertaining Scottish
it? Oh yeah, went up and down. I must say, the second half, after the
goal of Rangers, was not much changed. But you still felt there
was something that could happen. And yeah, I think Rangers did start
touching the ball to each other. Because we said Hibs looked tired,
but suddenly Rangers gave them a new energy by losing every ball. Just
waiting and waiting. We've been saying all along, the main objective
for Rangers was realised by getting that promotion. Yeah, no,
definitely. Look, they've got the Premiership to look forward to next
year and obviously winning the petrify cup as well. The players
will be devastated they have not won the cup. But they've got a lot to be
proud of. Dangers have come on leaps and bounds. Credit to the club and
manager. But this day is for Hibs, they have waited long enough for it.
Hopefully they will see the trophy get lifted soon enough. They did
deserve it. When it came to the crunch they found energy from
somewhere and managed to get a last-minute goal, which is normally
what has happened against them. At 1-1 Hibs were beginning to lose it,
looked tired. We had a discussion here, change it now, Fortune favours
the brave, time to go for it. The change was not made, they go to- one
ahead, you think they've left it too late again. Give the players their
credit, when they did make the change they completely took over.
And then it was always an. It was the first time since the semifinal
but I thought Hibs would win. You were thinking you would get a draw
when they went 3-2 up! Joking aside it was the first time I thought Hibs
could win. Psychologically the Rangers players. And Henderson
coming on. He has quality on the ball and we saw that. Rangers
couldn't times to each other and you felt every ball could be dangerous
for Rangers. I think he is a popular choice among the Hibs players to be
the hero, he is 100% every time. Put in a fantastic tackle, think it was
Dean Shiels in the middle of the park, took an injury off the back of
it but he kept going. Somebody you could imagine running through a
brick wall. Anthony Stokes saying he was delighted for him to get the
winning goal, and he looks like a good character. Stereotypical type
of captain and leader but there are so many of them. The crowd behind us
are all going nuts. Great day for them. Having watched Gray this
season, he's played a lot of games being injured and kept on going. A
lot of other footballers get a wee bit of an injury and go off. Certain
players will just go through it for the team. When he went down with
that injury, youthful, that was bad news for Hibs. They had a ready use
their substitutes. Then you thought, no, it's David Gray, he will be OK.
He would do it in a normal game, but in a cup final he would do anything.
Does it feel like relief as much as delight, that the taunting can stop?
Yes, you look at the fans, that's definitely a huge, huge part of it.
David Gray's life, what ever he does from now on, a lot of people will
come back to this moment, that day, those seconds. He will look back to
it, and if he is ever asked in the future about his football career,
he's just had it. Lots of other things happening your career. He's
just fortunate that the great thing that happens is a great thing that
everyone sees and remembers. It's not like a missed penalty. Wouldn't
that be terrible? Any doubt about Alan Stubbs staying on for next
season for another crack at getting up? I think there are obviously
question marks. But that's for another day. This is a celebration
today. They've got the another day. This is a celebration
contemplate and think about it. I think there is genuine affection for
the club from Alan Stubbs and he's done a fantastic job. Murmurs that
some of the crowd were not happy and thought they should look to change.
some of the crowd were not happy and For me they've got a manager in
place that they would be doing well to get somebody as good as. He's a
top guy, seems like a really good manager as well, who the players
really have an affection for. Winning the cup, obviously, you
would think that gives them a bit of a better chance of hanging around.
Here's another shout for you. Some managers have said, I've taken this
club as far as it can go, how much better can you get than winning the
cup for the first time in 114 years. Some chunks of turf has been ripped
up. It was a lovely surface at the start but some souvenirs have been
grabbed which will be appearing in the back gardens of quite a few Hibs
fans, I think, to mark the day. The police have taken their chances just
now. It's not just the fact they are making sure everything is safe and
that the Hibs fans don't run on again, I think also they are
allowing the Rangers fans to leave the vicinity, outside the stadium.
There was a bit of trouble after the game, they don't want any more. I
know Michael said very quickly let's talk about the success, it's about
getting the balance right, it had the potential to get ugly. The
reaction did not seem to be that quick in terms of security.
I'm loathe to have a go at security people when it's fans that have ran
on from both sides. The vast majority Hibs fans. In times gone
by, when this was a regular thing, the police were more ready for it
and they zipped on quick and the horses were galloping. Those horses
came on there, they weren't galloping on, they took their time,
no-one is getting injured. How is your heart, Rob? One of the fans has
just slapped the window of the studio! The Hibs fans that ran in
front of the Rangers fans, for me, the security and the police surely
to goodness they have to have all eventualities covered. It was a bit
slow in terms of trying to get on and break things up. It is all under
control now. The Hibs support can see the team lifting the trophy.
When a crowd is moving, it is hard to stop it. When you have 2,000 or
3,000 people suddenly in one minute on the pitch, you have to have a lot
of police to stop it. We spoke about relief in terms of Hibs winning the
Cup, there is relief that that didn't kick-off. Anyway, the news of
Rangers is they have received their runners-up medals inside. That has
happened. There will be a trophy celebration shortly. But you can
understand that that will be delayed until it feels like the right time
because of course there are so many supporters on the pitch. It looks as
if everybody now has been put back where they belong. Well, Rangers
won't mind getting the runners-up medal indoors because you don't
really want that. Exactly. They will feel frustrated. Embarrassed is a
big word. It is not a time to be happy. If you get it inside the
dressing room, fine... Did Hibs win it rather than Rangers losing it?
Overall, Hibs deserved to win. Rangers had the moment to kill the
game. After the 2-1, Rangers could have easily had possession and let
Hibs run like crazy. They didn't do that. The players didn't have the
calmness to finish the game and maybe that has to do with the age
and experience because they tried for the 3-1. They had to be patient.
You are losing the ball every second, you know you will have some
trouble at the end. The applause outside was for the police who were
lined up on the halfway line... That is not something you hear every
day... And there was applause. They have moved off to the end of the
pitch and we are waiting on the police word and then we can have the
trophy celebration. It's been a long delay. Hibs players and officials
and everyone associated with the club won't mind waiting. As you say,
they have waited long enough. It is frustration. You do want to get your
hands on that trophy. The celebration also go on for a long
time. And just look back on it and finally get a chance to look back on
a special day. Hampden was brilliant today. The stadium was beautiful. It
was a lovely day. It will be seared in the memories of every single Hibs
fan. Rangers have been here dozens of times before. The Hibs fans, it
will be seared in their memories for the rest of their lives. David Gray
will remember this. There is not a Hibs fan that won't feel exactly the
same. There was a lot of talk at the semifinal about Stokes and Henderson
not being able to play if Celtic, their parent club, had reached the
final. How they made the most of that? They did. Look, you heard
Anthony Stokes there talking about how people had been questioning his
performances and things like that. He will have been questioning it
himself. He knows he has the ability and since he's been at Hibs, there's
been flashes of it. Today he put in a top drawer performance. Henderson
as well. He added a bit of quality for hibs in the final third coming
off the bench. He mixed it up a bit. The two guys there, had Celtic got
through to the final, might not have played. They have played their part
today against Rangers. Hibs are the only team out with the top tier of
Scottish football to win the Scottish Cup since East Fife. That
is a stat I carry about with me! Now you can look at some interesting
ones from the Hibs point of view. Yes, they are in the lower league.
It doesn't feel like a lower league team. It doesn't look like a lower
league team. The way they play doesn't look that way.
Professionally, they are. So, in a way, you would look back to that
East Fife team, that was a bigger thing. Were they a good team in '38?
I seen the tail end of them(!) History being rewritten. This was
the moment that settled it in stoppage-time. It looked like we
were bound for extra time. David Gray thought otherwise. He wanted
that header so badly? Yes. They had guys who can, yeah, have a proper
header. They were eager to finish it off before going to extra time. You
felt it a little bit. It still has to happen. One thing, Rangers are
never going to go. Sometimes that happens in football. You have it
yourself when you are on the park. You think, we are going to do it.
You have to put it into action. Very much like Kenny Miller's goal in the
first half, the header, wanting it, David Gray there... You heard him
saying, as soon as the ball come in, I'm getting it! It looked like that.
We have all been in situations like that, you look at the opponents and
think, "They have gone, we have got them here." And there was a wee
feeling of that when the equaliser went in. It may have taken it to
extra time but Hibs were getting stronger. Kenny Miller probably
didn't deserve to be on the losing side today. For a 36-year-old, that
was an exhilarating performance? He was everywhere. In the last part of
the game, you want also to be still involved to keep the ball. He was,
like, chasing people back, taking slides and it was incredible what he
did. For him, it was quite harsh to lift the trophy. Still, all the
chances that Hibs had today, they were deserved winners. The moment is
almost with us. Hibs gathering again in the tunnel. And about to
re-emerge into the Hampden sunshine. Not one Hibs fan has left. They all
want to be here and to cherish the moment that their team finally wins
the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902. 3-2 it was, with David
Gray getting that stoppage-time winner. I think the referees will
get a round of applause. That will change the habits of a lifetime(!) A
wee word for the refs. How many bookings? I thought they managed the
game well. They gave two bookings. We never spoke about them. That is
what you want to hear. Well done. For the presentation ceremony, as
Steven McLean gets his award for the afternoon. It is back to Craig and
back to Liam. COMMENTARY: Steven McLean had a good
afternoon today. Him and his officials. Steven McLean, David
McGeachie, Andy McWilliam, Bobby Madden, John Beaton and Andrew
Dallas. Shortly, the stage will be free for Alan Stubbs and his Hibs
players, who will now be immortalised. The last time they won
it, 1902. Harry Rennie was the goalkeeper.
CHEERING It was a 1-0 victory over Celtic.
For those, you can now read Conrad Logan, David Gray, Paul Hanlon, Liam
Fontaine, Fraser Fyvie, Dylan McGeouch, Lewis Stevenson, John
McGinn, Darren McGregor, Anthony Stokes, Jason Cummings. The
substitutes who came on today - Liam Henderson, James Keatings and Niklas
Gunnarsson. Hibernian's 14th Scottish Cup Final. They featured in
three of the last five. The last two, they can forget about them now.
5-1 to Hearts and 3-0 to Celtic. They don't matter anymore. Not for
Hibs. This is them now on to a third triumph in this tournament. It puts
them alongside Kilmarnock, Clyde and St Mirren. They had to wait a fair
bit of time between Scottish Cup win number two and three. Craig
Paterson? I can name The Famous Five team one to 11. This team are
officially now Easter Road legends on the back of today's result.
Incredible. Yeah. Well, he's the captain, he's the hero, and his
picture and the rest of the team that he is guiding up the steps here
at Hampden will now be immortalised in photographs, paintings that will
adorn the Easter Road walls. There is a big banner over on the far side
that says, "Time for heroes". These men in green and white are heroes.
The hoodoo to end all hoodoos is over. Hibernian have won the
The hoodoo to end all hoodoos is Scottish Cup! It is not a dream. It
is reality! They lost it in 1914 to Celtic. They
lost it in 1923 to Celtic, the Airdrie in 1924, to Aberdeen in
1947, Clyde in 1958, Celtic in 1972, Rangers in 1979, Celtic in 2001,
Hearts and Celtic in 2012 and 2013. In 2016, the sunshine shines down on
these Hibernian players as they hold aloft the oldest of national
trophies. Let's be honest, from a big Hibee background, what does it
mean to anyone connected with the club, from supporters to boardroom?
The jokes are over for a start. It's been a long, long run. It's been a
long, long wait. On days like this, all of a sudden, it is worth waiting
for. Now, Hibs have to build on this. They have to get out of the
Championship. They have European football to look forward to next
season as well. Great sight, Darren McGregor, a big Hibee, holding the
trophy aloft. He's had two gruesome injuries to contend with. John
McGinn and Liam Henderson. Liam Henderson on loan from Celtic. A
wonderful day for Hibernian Football Club. What a party it is going to be
tonight. That end of Edinburgh will be jumping. It has been a long, long
wait. They deserve to celebrate. They have come to Hampden time after
time after time and had to trudge back along the M8 after yet another
defeat. Today is a day that every Hibs fan will remember. A special
cheer for Alan Stubbs, who was on the big-screens here as well. The
SFA President congratulating Alan Stubbs, who has guided Hibernian to
the Scottish Cup. STUDIO: Should be some party
tonight, when you have waited 114 years. Hibs have won the Scottish
Cup. My thanks to Ronald de Boer, Pat Nevin and Michael Stewart in the
studio. From all of us involved in this Scottish Cup Final, bye for
now. # Control... # When I said, "Stop
running away from your problems" I didn't mean
"Run full speed towards them"!
Rangers v Hibernian
Live from Hampden Park
History awaits for players and fans of Rangers and Hibernian in Scottish football's blue riband fixture. For the first time, two clubs from the second tier contest the final, with Rangers looking to add to the Championship title and Challenge Cup success in a stunning first season for manager Mark Warburton.
Hibs's woes in the cup are well documented, without a win in the completion since 1902. Could this be the year to break the cup curse?
Rob Maclean is joined in the studio by Pat Nevin, Michael Stewart and Ronald De Boer, while Liam McLeod and Craig Paterson are your match commentators.