Scottish Cup Final
St Johnstone v Hibernian
Saturday, 22 May, kick-off 2pm
This week both St Johnstone and Hibernian have set their sights on a historic cup double as the Saints aim for their second trophy in a season and Jack Ross’s men look to emulate the success of 2016 having previously been starved of Scottish Cup glory for so long.
Head to Head
The two sides have 15 wins apiece, while they have shared the spoils on 11 occasions.
Their most recent meeting came in May 2021 when semi-final hero Glenn Middleton scored a first-half goal to give St. Johnstone a 1-0 away win against his former side.
Both sides have each lost just one of their last seven games in all competitions. Hibernian are, however, slightly better with five wins recorded in that sequence, while St. Johnstone have four victories.
The last time the two sides met at Hampden, St Johnstone ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the Betfred Semi-Final.
Having been disrupted by COVID-19 in the build up to the showpiece match Callum Davidson said: “It is a hard situation. The players have come back training, it is not great for a professional athlete to miss 10 days and do nothing in their house.
"I have watched them training to assess their physical condition and where they are mentally as well. These are all factors. If you had asked me three weeks ago what my team was I probably would have told you, whereas now things have changed so it is up in the air.
"There are places up for grabs, it is going to be a difficult call on who to pick and I will only get it right if we win it. It is going to take a monumental effort from everyone involved to get a result on Saturday.
"This week it has basically been turn up in your training gear, walk on to the pitch, walk off, pick up their packed lunch boxes on the way out and eat it in the car. It's a bit unfortunate, I would have also liked to get the boys suits and made it more a special time for them.
"But they are okay, they realise the magnitude of the game and after winning the League Cup, they know what they can achieve on Saturday."
Jack Ross is looking forward to leading team out at a stadium that means a lot to him. He said: “As a child winning the Scottish Cup is a little bit of fantasy whereas now it’s something I can influence. Leading Hibs out at Hampden is something that in years to come I will look back on fondly. I’ve been lucky to do walk out a team at Wembley a couple of times, which was something I never thought I would do.
“The memory of the two games is sore, but the actual experience is something which, in the fullness of time, I will look back on and be proud of. Doing it at Hampden is special because Hampden is still special to me as well.
“It’s where I went and watched international football as a kid and though the stadium looked very different at that time it’s something which has remained part of my football upbringing.”
Ignition Sports Media have produced programmes for the final which is available to buy now. Martin Boyle and Liam Craig both give readers an insight into their teammates, and both managers look ahead to what will be a frantic 90 minutes.
Where you can watch
The match will be live on BBC Scotland Premier Sports.