Scottish Cup Final
Rangers v Heart of Midlothian
Saturday, 21 May 2022, kick off 3.00pm
Rangers and Hearts will meet in a Scottish Cup Final for the first time in 24 years, when they go head to head at Hampden Park on Saturday.
Both sides will be aiming to end significant droughts in this competition, with Rangers last lifting this trophy in 2009 and Hearts most recent triumph coming a decade ago.
Rangers will have to lift themselves for this match, following their agonising penalty shoot-out defeat last night to Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League Final.
The Ibrox side had produced an extraordinary run to get there in the first place, knocking out Borussia Dortmund, Braga, Red Star Belgrade and RB Leipzig, but they came up just short.
Hearts, meanwhile, come into this final on the back of a hugely impressive campaign, in which they have already secured European group stage football for next season, following a third-place finish in the league in their first season since being promoted.
Rangers last lifted this trophy 13 years ago with a 1-0 victory over Falkirk for their 33rd Scottish Cup win, but they were defeated 3-2 by Hibernian in their last appearance in this final in 2016.
Hearts have won the Scottish Cup on 8 occasions and they were victorious when these two sides last met at this stage in 1998, with Colin Cameron and Stephane Adam netting the goals.
The Gorgie side also came out on top when they last met Rangers in this competition in 2020, although Rangers have won three out of the four meetings behind the teams this season.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst's Rangers enjoyed a relatively simple run to the Semi Finals, defeating Stirling Albion, Annan Athletic and Dundee without conceding a goal.
But they were tested in the last round and had to come from behind to beat Celtic 2-1 after extra-time in dramatic fashion.
Hearts faced a tougher route to the Semi Final stage, coming through tight matches with Livingston and St Mirren, after an initial comfortable victory against Auchinleck Talbot.
City rivals Hibernian were next up and two stunning goals from Ellis Simms and Stephen Kingsley secured a 2-1 win and their safe passage to the final.
Pre Match Thoughts
Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is aiming to lift his players following last night's disappointment and he is relishing the prospect of another packed-out Hampden Park, following victory over Celtic in the Semi-Final.
He said: "Of course it's not going to be easy to get them ready because it's emotional.
"We are hurt and disappointed. We had the biggest game of the year last night but we have to play on Saturday.
"We are flying back with only one day to prepare, it will not be easy but we will do it, we will be ready for Saturday and try to end the season with a trophy.
"It's Hampden and it is always nice to play in a cup final when the crowd is split 50/50 and the same number of fans are supporting both teams - that creates a different atmosphere.
"Our fans have been great this season and whether we are playing at home or away they are always there and pushing us.
"It will be good to see so many again at Hampden because the Scottish Cup Final is an amazing occasion and to be there is a great way to end a season."
Hearts midfielder Andy Halliday is hoping for a change in fortunes after tasting defeat twice in the Scottish Cup Final in previous years.
He said: "I certainly don’t hold many fond memories of the Scottish Cup Finals I’ve played in so far!
“I hope this time is different. You can use the low points to drive you on, to help instill a fear of losing which can give you that extra ten percent.
"With so many of the boys from the 2020 final here, hopefully that can be our driving factor.
“I’m very excited. If you can’t look forward to these big occasions as a footballer, then there’s something wrong with you! We’ve put ourselves in a great position to win a Scottish Cup for Hearts for the first time since 2012.”
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Where to watch
The match will be shown live on BBC One Scotland and on Premier Sports.