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Summary

  1. Build-up to this weekend's Scottish Cup semi-finals
  2. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers to address media this lunchtime
  3. Hibernian v Aberdeen (Sat, 12:15)
  4. Celtic v Rangers (Sun, 12:00)

Live Reporting

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That's all for now on the Scottish Cup semi-finals. Thanks for joining us. Our colleagues will have much more on the big games at Hampden on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound at 18:30. Presenter Geoff Webster will be joined by former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs, ex-Rangers midfielder Alex Rae, Motherwell striker Scott McDonald and former Aberdeen defender Willie Miller. 

'Ref should apologise to Sviatchenko'

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12.00)

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BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic's media conference

Brendan Rodgers says the Scottish Football Association's head of refereeing called him this week to discuss the controversial penalty awarded to Ross County that denied the champions a league victory last weekend.

Striker Alex Schalke dived in the box to win his side a spot kick with just minutes to go with Celtic leading 2-1. His team-mate Liam Boyce converted from the spot to earn the Staggies a 2-2 draw.

Don Robertson, who awarded the penalty, will be an official for Sunday's League Cup semi-final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden and Rodgers thinks he owes defender Erik Sviatchenko an apology.

"I had a call from John Fleming this week and I respected that - he didn't have to," said Rodgers.

"Don Robertson doesn't have to call me or apologise to me, John Fleming did that.

"What I would say to Don Robertson is 'make sure you apologise to Erik Sviatchenko'.

"We have to help referees and help them become better because mistakes happen but in situations like that you have to get them right or you lose the trust of the players."

Robertson will be one of the officials behind the goal for Sunday's Hampden clash but Rodgers has no issue with his involvement.

He said: "Do I think he should be involved in Sunday's game? Listen, we will all make mistakes but he just needs to get back out on the field and as long as he doesn't make the same one as he did in the match against Ross County, then I'll be happy enough."

On skipper Scott Brown

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💬BR on @ScottBrown8: It's really important that Scott is there on Sunday as he is a real catalyst for the team.

Celtic 'ready' for Hampden

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12.00)

.@ScottishFA 💬BR: Of course, it’s against one of our great rivals but we’re ready, we’ve been ready since the first game of the season.

Precious silverware

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12.00)

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to get his hands on the Scottish Cup, the oldest trophy in world football, at the end of the season

The (semi) final hurdle

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12.00)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is holding his media conference now about Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers. Here's what he has to say...

.@ScottishFA 💬BR: We’re looking forward to it. It’s the last of the trophies that we targeted at the start of the season and wanted to win.

Here's my combined starting XI

Hibernian v Aberdeen (Sat 12:15)

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BBC Sportsound pundit

Combined starting XI
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BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus' selection

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Squad selector
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Mark Graham: That's easy given that not one Rangers player would make the Celtic squad nevermind first 11 

Combined Hibs/Aberdeen starting XI

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The same drill with Saturday's semi-final. Which team has the better squad? If you could pick a team from both squads, who would you select? 

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Hibs and Aberdeen combined starting XI
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Combined Old Firm starting XI

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Celtic and Rangers go head to head at Hampden on Sunday for a place in the Scottish Cup final.

Celtic have their eyes on a domestic treble in Brendan Rodgers' first season in charge, while their old rivals Rangers have settled well to the methods of new manager Pedro Caixinha.

If you could pick a team from both squads, who would you select?

Choose your formation, pick your starting XI and share with your pals.

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Celtic media conference

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12:00)

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No thoughts on treble - McGregor

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12:00)

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic's media conference

Thoughts of the treble?

"No, not at all," says Callum McGregor. "We just take each game as it comes."

Good to have Scott Brown available?

"Yeah it's massive. He's a leader. You can see it every day. Even around here at training he sets high standards so it's great to have him available."

'Who performs better on the day'

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Rangers playing 'more direct'

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BBC Sport Scotland at Lennoxtown

Callum McGregor: "Obviously their [Rangers] new manager has come in and he's got them playing a lot more direct. They get the ball forward and we'll need to be ready for that."

'We didn't play well'

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12:00)

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor on drawing the last Old Firm derby at Celtic Park: "We didn’t play particularly well on the day, just shows if you are not at it you can get punished," he says. 

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Ugo's winner

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Sibling rivalry

Hibernian v Aberdeen (Sat 12:15)

It won't be brothers in arms for Graeme and Andrew Shinnie as they prepare to face each other in Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final as rivals.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes could even give Graeme the task of marking midfield playmaker Andrew, who is on loan at cup holders Hibernian from Birmingham City, out of the game at Hampden.

It will be the first time that the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle team-mates have played against one another in a competitive senior game.

The Aberdeen-born siblings have only been in opposing colours once - when Birmingham faced Caley Thistle in a friendly at a time when Graeme was still operating more regularly at full-back.

But Graeme believes that destiny has played its hand and that facing his older brother on Saturday was "meant to be".

"It just had that feeling about it that it was going to go that way," he said.

Graeme and Andrew Shinnie could face each other for the first time competitively
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Graeme and Andrew Shinnie could face each other for the first time competitively

Andrew, who can boast one more Scottish Cup goal this season after hitting the net against Bonnyrigg Rose and Hearts, says they share a competitive spirit.

"We have always been like that from a young age," said the Hibs midfielder. "Everything we did was to the max.

"We argued quite a lot when we were younger as brothers because we are that competitive, whether it was football or computer games.

"But it made us what we are now - we're winners..."

Old Firm build-up...

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12:00)

Celtic captain Scott Brown
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Scott Brown will be free to face Rangers at Hampden on Sunday
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
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Will Moussa Dembele start up front for Celtic at Hampden?

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Ehiogu 'a true gent' - Thomson

Tributes have been paid to former England and Rangers defender Ugo Ehiogu, who has died at the age of 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training centre.

A Spurs statement said Ehiogu died in hospital in the early hours of this morning.

Ehiogu, who was Spurs' Under-23s coach, was capped four times by England.

Former Rangers team-mate Kevin Thomson told BBC Scotland that Ehigou will always be remembered by Rangers supporters.

"He was a lovely fella and, although I never knew him that well, I only spent five or six months with him, he was a true gent and he was everything you would expect in a true professional who had played at the very highest level.

"He had muscles growing out his ears literally. He had the picture-perfect body. He was ripped to the bone.

He was a bit like Davie (Weir) - body a bit different - but the way they lived their life, the time they spent in the gym, the way they warmed up. They did everything you would expect of the model professional.

"Not only was he a great professional. He was a real nice man. He was a gent and one I had a lot of time for."

The late Rangers defender Ugo Ehiogu
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Thomson described Ehiogu as "a lovely fella" who will never be forgotten by Rangers supporters

Caixinha has no problem with Celtic appeal

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12:00)

Pedro Caixinha does not blame Celtic for appealing against Scott Brown's red card and thus allowing the midfielder to face his Rangers side on Sunday.

The case will not be heard until next week, allowing Celtic's captain to play in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Manager Caixinha thinks his Glasgow rivals "are taking the right decision".

"If I had one player who was in my starting 11 or match-day 18 who I really counted on and had conditions to appeal, I'd do the same," he said.

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown was sent off against Ross County
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Scott Brown will be free to face Rangers at Hampden on Sunday

Sunday will be Caixinha's first taste of an Old Firm derby from the dugout after observing March's 1-1 league draw at Celtic Park the day after his appointment.

Having already retained the league title for a sixth time and won the League Cup, Celtic, unbeaten domestically this season, are on target to complete the treble.

However, Caixinha stresses that even the best teams have their flaws and it was up to him and his team to exploit Celtic's.

"All teams have weaknesses - even the best teams in the world at this moment," he said.

"It's difficult to pick out one from the Champions League semi-finals, but if you say maybe it's between Real Madrid and Juventus, they all have weaknesses.

"The only question is can you identify them? Can you get your team to expose them and then exploit them?"

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha
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"All teams have weaknesses - even the best teams in the world at this moment..."

Travel advice for Hampden-bound fans

"Supporters attending both games at Hampden Park should be aware that the area around the stadium is mainly residential and there is very limited parking for private cars," says the SFA.

"Police Scotland are advising people to use public transport to get to the stadium, if not travelling by organised coaches/buses.

"There will be no matchday ticket sales at Hampden for either game."

Further info on the two semi-finals can be found here

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Hampden: The calm before the storm

Saturday cracker

Hibernian v Aberdeen (Sat 12:15)

BBC One Scotland will provide live coverage of Hibernian v Aberdeen in the first of the Scottish Cup semi-finals on Saturday lunchtime.

Under Alan Stubbs, Hibs finally lifted the Scottish Cup again at the 144th time of asking with a dramatic 3-2 win over Rangers in May.

Aberdeen, League Cup winners in 2014, have not taken the oldest domestic trophy back to the Granite City since a penalty shoot-out win over Celtic in 1990.

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon with the Scottish Cup
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Neil Lennon is determined Hibs will retain the Scottish Cup this season

"We've seen off Hearts already - who are a top-six team - in impressive fashion," Lennon told BBC Scotland.

"Aberdeen have been the second-best team in the country consistently over the last few years, and they keep improving every year under [manager] Derek McInnes.

"They've been to the League Cup final already, they're in the semi-final, they've had a great season. But you've got four teams in the competition who can win the trophy and I'm just pleased we're in that company now.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
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Derek McInnes wants his Aberdeen players to call upon their big-game experience

McInnes is urging Aberdeen to use the pain of losing the League Cup final to their advantage when they meet Hibernian in Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Dons lost 3-0 to Celtic at Hampden in November and McInnes said: "I think you can use any disappointment.

"You have got to get as much experience as possible to deal with occasions.

"We have had a lot of big-game experience in recent years. I think the European stage has helped us."

McInnes has taken Aberdeen to four semi-finals in his four years at Pittodrie, winning two and losing two.

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Celtic training

Celtic v Rangers (Sun at 12:00)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers has been putting his Celtic players through their paces
Celtic defender Kieran Tierney and manager Brendan Rodgers
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Celtic defender Kieran Tierney and manager Brendan Rodgers are all smiles at training
Celtic winger Patrick Roberts
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