Distant butterflies turned to a full-on gut wrench this morning across Edinburgh, as 50,000 football fans realised the countdown to Hampden is truly on.
Over the weekend Hibs were turned over by Inverness and Hearts got a drubbing at Celtic. Neither set of fans particularly cares as they gaze absent-mindedly past the SPL finale to a greater prize in Glasgow’s southside this weekend.
Now everyone from the First Minister to capital cabbies are having their say on the biggest Edinburgh derby ever. This, dear readers, is much more than just life or death.
Both sides will be scrutinising the other’s line-ups from the weekend. Bad news - seven changes apiece meant Pat Fenlon and Paulo Sergio were keeping their tactical plans further off the radar than Craig Whyte’s billions.
And it would not be cup final time without a fan picking up a guitar and unleashing all his feelings in a lyrical masterpiece. Can football and music ever be wed in a holy union? Cup Final Talk will let your own cultivated ears be the judge on that.
Hearts did the hard part of driving to Celtic Park, then clean forgot to actually play the game. This made Gary Hooper happy.
A much-changed Hibernian side decided that winning more games in Inverness than they had at home all season would be a bit too much, and Caley Thistle gladly mopped up a 2-0 win.
The Hibs are off to Dublin to escape the media glare this week. George Francomb is fully in favour of getting away from it all. (Daily Record)
STV’s Shaun Milne gives prose to the every hope and fear of fans as STV Edinburgh launches its week to celebrate the first digital derby countdown.
Scotland’s First Minister - and self-professed Hearts fan - Alex Salmond relishes the thought of a cup final for Edinburgh. (Scotland on Sunday)
The dominating centre half has become a terrace legend in his short stint at Hibs. Here are his thoughts on going from struggling Coventry to captain of the cup finalists, in one easy loan. (Scotland on Sunday)
Hibee Norval Barclay has a shot at the hallowed cup final song.
The Maroon 6 bring this funky number to the table. A must-download for the cup final playlist?
A bit of Scottish Cup nostalgia. Watch Hibs put Hearts to the sword 2-1 at Tynecastle in 1971, or jump forward to 1994 when the Jam Tarts won by the same scoreline at Easter Road.
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