Inverness Caledonian Thistle star Greg Tansey hopes a first ever Scottish Cup final win can attract a new generation of fans to the Highland club.

John Hughes’ side have already qualified for Europe for the first time ever and Tansey – who scored in the semi-final win over Celtic – says beating Falkirk at Hampden Park would complete a memorable season for his team.

Speaking to the Scottish FA, he said: “We’ve qualified for Europe for the first time which is a big achievement and the cup final is a great bonus.

“We just wanna go out there on the day and perform how we know we can. We believe we can win the game.

“It’d be brilliant for the city. We want to try and get more people through the turnstiles. Things like qualifying for Europe and being in the Scottish Cup Final will massively improve our chances of getting more people to the games. It’s good that we’re putting Inverness on the map for the right reasons."

Tansey was speaking at a fans event at the city’s Victorian Market where the William Hill Scottish Cup was also making an appearance.

Caley Thistle fans queued up to pose for pictures and touch the famous trophy but Tansey is playing it cautious for now:

"I don’t want to touch the cup! You just want to enjoy it while it’s here and hopefully it’s going to be here for another year after the 30th.”

Unlike their cup final opponents, Inverness still have a league season to complete – they play Celtic away in the league on Sunday.

With the chance to help deliver the club’s first ever major trophy, competition for starting places at Hampden is sure to be fierce. But Tansey says such competitiveness is nothing new:

“There’s always competition for places and an edge to training, that’s the way we like it. Maybe next week we’ll see a bit added to that but we have another league game against Celtic to go. There is no point trying to save ourselves for the final.”