Scottish Cup Semi-Final
Dundee United v Hibernian
Saturday, 8 May 2021, kick-off 4pm
On Saturday, Dundee United and Hibernian go head-to-head in a re-run of the match which enabled Hibernian to go on and win the Scottish Cup in 2016. After defeating Dundee United on a penalty shoot-out Hibernian went on to defeat Rangers famously in the final.
Dundee United on the other hands are looking to rid the demons of their loss in the 2014 final, and repeat their glory of 2010.
Sitting third in the Premiership, Hibernian go into the match as favourites but will be looking to bounce back from two consecutive semi-final losses at Hampden Park since October.
Last Cup meeting
You only have to go back to last year to see the last time Hibernian played Dundee United in the Scottish Cup, where a second-half Christian Doidge hat-trick saw Hibernian progress. Following a 2-2 draw at Tannadice the match was taken into a replay. The victory saw Hibs go one ahead in the overall meetings between the two clubs from previous Scottish Cup encounters, winning five of the 16 overall ties, with seven draws.
Jack Ross emphasised the importance of lifting the Scottish Cup and said: "The Scottish Cup still retains its romance for me. I grew up dreaming of lifting that cup as a player. I didn't do it as a player so I'd love to do it as a manager.
“I’ve never touched it. I’d love to get the opportunity in a couple of weeks’ time to see if I could do it one-handed. We have a couple of games to go yet but we’ll see.”
“It feels like we’ve been saying this for a long time but this is the biggest week and the biggest games of the season.
“It tallies with where we want to be, mentality wise as well, that it’s been a pretty consistent and repetitive message as the season has developed.
“Those memories you create, you look back on and when you get together with people and look back at old matches and talk about them they get better.
“Everybody at the club is aware this can be a memorable season. I don’t think it increases the pressure on us because we have put pressure on ourselves all season to achieve. Now it’s a case of finishing the job.”
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“It is as clear as anything that this is a huge period for us in terms of turning a very good season into a one that is historic and memorable.
"In reference to 2016, I know from the players who're still at the club how much that day meant to them and I think it is brilliant the competition itself is still viewed in that way in Scotland."
Dundee United manager, Micky Mellon, is also daring to dream, with just two games away from lifting the trophy and said: "It is a great opportunity for everybody, there is no doubt about that.
"All four managers will be thinking, 'this could be my time'. When the Old Firm are not involved in it your chances increase, but you have still got to get the job done.
"You have got to play the game as it comes to you, stay in the moment, in the now and if you get your performance right in all those moments, then you will get the prize.
"But if you start thinking about the prize too early and you haven't jumped all of those hurdles yet, you can make it very difficult for yourself."
"It is difficult to measure because the play-offs are life changing, the games are do or die," he explained. "That is 46 games, a semi-final, two legs and a one-off at Wembley - all in, your whole season all in.
"One goes to the level above and a different life and one remains where they are so that is a different type of game and I have been involved in a lot of them.
'Cup semi-finals? Again very different, a massive opportunity to get to a cup final, a different sort of feel to those kind of games, but certainly we know how massive it is to the football club and to the players, their families and to the fans."
Ignition Sports Media have produced programmes for the semi-finals and they are available to buy online now. In the collector’s edition, Christian Doidge and Mark Reynolds talk about their season so far and their ambitions of lifting the coveted trophy at the end of the month.
Where to watch
The match will be available on Premier Sports and broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland.