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Summary

  1. Scottish Cup semi-finals preview
  2. Holders Hibernian, Aberdeen and Rangers hold media conferences
  3. Pedro Caixinha says Rangers 'unfazed' by Celtic's record

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All times stated are UK

Bye for now

Will it be Stand Free or Sunshine on Leith at Hampden on Saturday?

BBC Scotland has the game covered on TV, online and radio, with a 12:15 BST kick off.

Sunday's game will be covered live by BBC Radio Scotland, with extended highlights on Sportscene from 18:00.

We'll have online highlights of both matches too.

Not long to go now... Make sure you join us over the weekend.

'Pressure is off' for cup holders

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon says the pressure is off his side as they go into Saturday's semi final against Aberdeen. 

Lennon feels his players have been written off by many against the high-flying Dons, despite lifting the cup last season for the first time in 114 years.

The Hibs boss says he'll name a "positive" line-up, but admits Aberdeen have numerous potent attacking threats.

Hibernian are the Scottish Cup holders
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Can Hibs keep their hands on the trophy after such a long wait to win it?

McGinn boost for Aberdeen

Niall McGinn missed Aberdeen's win at St Johnstone last weekend but the influential forward should be back in the starting line up on Saturday afternoon.

"Everyone is fit and available for the game, Niall trained this morning and will travel," says Dons boss Derek McInnes. 

Shinnie versus Shinnie

The Shinnie brothers, Andrew and Graeme, may well go head-to-head at Hampden on Saturday.

Both have been talking to BBC Sport Scotland...

Hibernian v Aberdeen: Andrew Shinnie on Graeme Shinnie
Hibernian v Aberdeen: Graeme Shinnie on Andrew Shinnie

Ryan Jack: On THAT Jason Cummings video ...

Hibs striker posted wrestling video on social media which went viral

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

Ryan Jack has picked out Jason Cummings as one of the most dangerous Hibs players this weekend. Cummings this week starred in his own wrestling-style social media video which went viral, strutting around in tiny trunks and taking on Scottish wrestling icon Grado.

Jack has seen the video and will not be emulating it, but does say: "It shows there's a good team-spirit in the Hibs squad, similar to what we have here."

So will he be doing the same? "No." 

Darren McGregor on facing Aberdeen

"I've played against these guys before, we know what to expect, but it will be a step up."  

Darren McGregor on life at Hibernian

"These are two of the best years I've had in Scottish football. To be from Leith having supported Hibs and contributing last year was really something."

BreakingDuffy to serve touchline ban

Morton manager Jim Duffy will serve a two-match ban following his touchline altercation with Hibs boss Neil Lennon.

Duffy, 57, was charged with misconduct for entering the Hibs technical area at Easter Road and adopting an aggressive attitude towards Lennon in stoppage time of a 0-0 draw on 29 March.

The same complaint against assistant Craig McPherson was withdrawn.

Duffy faces an additional one-game ban if he transgresses again this year, while Morton were fined £750 for the fracas, £500 payable immediately and the rest suspended. 

Morton boss Jim Duffy
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Jim Duffy will serve a two-match touchline ban

Derek McInnes on Aberdeen Support

Suggestion that Hibs will have a bigger support than Aberdeen

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

"We have a long journey. Our 12,000 is very good considering early kick-off."

Derek McInnes on Hibernian

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

"Everyone expected Hibs to win the league. They deserve a lot of credit. They will be a welcome addition to the top-flight next season... I don't think there's a lot between the teams."

'We want to win it' - Aberdeen boss

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

"We obviously want to win it," adds Dons boss Derek McInnes. "We don't get to finals without overcoming tough challenges. We have another one on Saturday."  

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes
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Derek McInnes says getting to cup finals means overcoming "tough challenges"

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Derek McInnes: 'Tough Challenge' ...

Hibernian v Aberdeen (Sat 12:15)

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

"We obviously want to try to win it... we don't get to finals without overcoming tough challenges. We have got another one on Saturday."

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Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

"The Aberdeen  presser running slightly late..."  

Neil Lennon on Jason Cummings

"He's a personality and there aren't enough of them in the game. I wasn't too sure about his speedos though..."  

Neil Lennon and Jason Cummings
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Hibs boss Neil Lennon

Hibs v Aberdeen (Sat, 12:15)

"Our performances have been excellent; we don't have any fear for Saturday.

"Getting through the Championship was a big monkey off our back. Derek McInnes has built a really good team. They can hurt you from different ways, but so can we." 

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon
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Neil Lennon: "We don't have any fear for Saturday..."

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Hibs relishing Dons test

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Aberdeen build-up ...

Presser starts at 13:00

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

"Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and captain Ryan Jack are due to meet the media soon ahead of their Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian. 

"McInnes is looking to lead Aberdeen to their first Scottish Cup success since 1990. Jack is likely to face questions on his future after speculation linking him with Rangers - speculation recently dismissed by McInnes." 

Aberdeen media conference coming up
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Waiting for Derek McInnes to address the media...

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha

"We are not worried about Celtic and their record," says the Portuguese.

"I don't care about it. To me, winning would mean doing a very good job against Celtic. But there's another stage beyond it.

"Nothing changes - I prepare this game as I would any other."

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha
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Pedro Caixinha says Rangers are unfazed by Celtic's record

"In some different stages of the game, we may need to defend higher and sometimes lower. We will be ready for that.

"All teams have weaknesses. It's about finding them and exploiting them." 

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Malcolm: We'll do our normal and make hard work of it we'll win in 90 minutes. Hibs will batter us first half but we'll weather it and win in the second... 

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'It's all about getting to the final' - Wilson

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12:00)

"We'll treat it [Sunday's tie against Celtic] as we do every game and try to get the victory," Danny Wilson says at the Rangers media conference.

"It's all about getting to the final for us. If you ask any of the boys, that's the reason we came to Rangers.

"We need to force our attacking options onto them rather than it just being a game we sit back in."

Rangers defender Danny Wilson
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Danny Wilson says Rangers will go on the offensive against Celtic

Managerial head to heads

How Neil Lennon and Derek McInnes match up

Hibs' Neil Lennon and Aberdeen's Derek McInnes
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Rangers media conference coming up...

BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus

Tam's prediction: Hibs to win penalty shoot-out

"The game will be won and lost in the wide areas. Aberdeen’s main strength is their wingers, with Niall McGinn and Johnny Hayes cutting in or whipping ball after ball in for Adam Rooney to attack in the penalty area. They are superb at it. 

"So, if Lewis Stevenson and David Gray can nullify the threat from those two and stop the supply into Rooney then that is the key to getting into the final. 

"Hibs have been very solid this season defensively and with Jason Cummings they are always liable to score at the other end."

BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus
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"The game will be won and lost in the wide areas..."

Eyes on the big prize...

Saturday 

Hibernian v Aberdeen (12:15 BST kick-off)

Sunday 

Celtic v Rangers (12:00 BST)

Scottish Cup
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Four clubs retain hopes of landing the big prize at Hampden next month

Dons to progress?

Willie's prediction: Hibs 1-3 Aberdeen

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

"If Hibs can take care of Niall McGinn and Johnny Hayes then they have a chance, but if these two are on top form then it will win the day for the Dons. The central midfield area is also key and I am relishing watching three of our best youngsters in action in Kenny McLean and Ryan Jack and John McGinn, particularly comparing McGinn and McLean in this area.

"I will also be watching the Dons defence closely to see if there is any lack of confidence early on after their late collapse against Rangers. 

"This is a big game and Aberdeen did not perform well at Hampden in the League Cup semi-final against Morton or the final against Celtic, whereas Hibs have the memory of lifting the Scottish Cup last season and that fact cannot be marginalised."

Rangers training

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12:00)

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha
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Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is preparing to face Celtic for the first time
Rangers striker Kenny Miller
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Rangers striker Kenny Miller will hope to feature at Hampden on Sunday
Rangers defender Aidan Wilson
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Rangers defender Aidan Wilson is on bibs duty...

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Today's media conferences

  • Rangers (12:15)
  • Hibernian (12:30)
  • Aberdeen (13:00)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will hold his pre-match media conference tomorrow.