SCOTTISH CUP FINAL
Venue: Hampden Park Date: Saturday, 24 May Kick-off: 1500 BST
Coverage: This website & BBC One Scotland, BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Radio 5 Live
Queen of the South chairman David Rae
Chairman David Rae helped turn Queens full-time this season
Queen of the South aim to cause a major upset in Saturday's Scottish Cup final as they entertain Rangers at Hampden.
The First Division side from Dumfries are competing in their first-ever major final, while Rangers have lifted the trophy on 31 occasions.
In 122 previous finals, only one team outside the Scottish top flight has ever prevailed - East Fife in 1938.
The Ibrox club won the CIS Cup in March but have since lost out in the Uefa Cup final and in the Premier League.
Thursday's league finale saw Walter Smith's Glasgow outfit slip up at Aberd
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|Queen of the South reached their first ever Scottish Cup final by winning a seven-goal thriller against Aberdeen.
Steve Tosh slammed home the opener for Queens, while a header from Andrew Considine levelled before half-time.
Paul Burns finished from close range only for Aberdeen's Barry Nicholson to follow suit, while Sean O'Connor fired the Doonhamers back in front.
Considine bagged his second header of the day but John Stewart responded by lashing in the winner on 60 minutes.
The First Division side will meet either the winner of next weekend's semi-final, with St Johnstone waiting to play the winner of the Partick Thistle v Rangers replay.
If Rangers were to progress, the Dumfries team would be assured of a place in next season's Uefa Cup.
Queen of the South duo Sean O'Connor and Andy Aitken are minor fitness doubts but both should feature.
O'Connor, who has missed two games with a neck injury, will be competing with on-loan John Stewart to partner top-scorer Stephen Dobbie up front.
Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood must continue without injured trio Jamie Smith, Lee Mair and Richie Byrne.
Steve Lovell and Derek Young are fit again but may have to be content with a place on the bench.
Jackie McNamara has recovered from the knock he suffered in Monday's Premier League victory over Falkirk.
Queens midfielder Neil Scally misses out due to a knee ligament injury.
Former Celtic defender Craig Reid and on-loan Kilmarnock forward Robert Campbell are both cup-tied for the First Division side.
Queen of the South (from): McDonald, McCann, Thomson, Aitken, Harris, Burns
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Mar 19 2008 By David McCarthy
GORDON STRACHAN last night refused to shoulder the blame for Celtic’s shock Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Aberdeen at Parkhead.
The Hoops boss said he could have done no more with his misfiring side after seeing them blow a host of chances – then lose a goal to Darren Mackie 20 minutes from the end.
That sent the Dons into a semi-final clash with Queen of the South – and led to Celtic being booed off the pitch by their disgruntled support at the end of a quarter-final replay they had dominated.
Strachan said he couldn’t believe his side had lost – but challenged his players to use the defeat as motivation to go on and win the SPL. And he was adamant he could not have made his team play any better against the Dons, who were restricted to just two chances but took one of them.
He said: “As a manager you can set your team up to make sure your team doesn’t lose many chances – and we didn’t. The next bit is to create chances and we did t
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Rangers striker Jean-Claude Darcheville may not be risked in the Scottish Cup quarter-final against Partick Thistle as he recovers from a hamstring strain.
Barry Ferguson will be missing with an ankle injury but Nacho Novo, Charlie Adam and Steven Naismith return after being ineligible for the CIS Cup final.
First Division Partick Thistle will again be without striker Liam Buchanan, who is recovering from a groin injury.
But on-loan Damon Gray has been given permission to play by Hibs.
Rangers won the CIS Insurance Cup on Sunday and, with a hectic league and Uefa Cup schedule ahead, some fringe players may be given a chance.
"I would think there might be one or two changes from the weekend," said assistant manager Ally McCoist.
"The last two games have taken an enormous amount out of the lads who played.
"Having said that, it's a game that we must win. The most important thing these days is having squads - not teams - who are capable of handling a lot of gam
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Darren Mackie was the goal-hero for Aberdeen
Mackie was the goal hero for a stubborn Aberdeen side
Aberdeen bundled Scottish Cup holders Celtic out of the tournament thanks to Darren Mackie's second-half strike.
Celtic laid siege to the visitors' goal in the first half but strikers Scott McDonald and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink wasted good opportunities.
And in a rare Aberdeen attack, Mackie slammed in a smart 69th-minute finish.
Celtic poured forward in the closing stages but it is the Dons who will now meet First Division Queen of the South in the semi-finals.
Aberdeen had been denied by a last-minute goal in the first tie but turned in a stubborn defensive display to make the most of the replay.
Celtic started strongly and midfielder Massimo Donati drove over from 30 yards with less than a minute gone.
Moments later, Vennegoor of Hesselink headed a Lee Naylor cross over the crossbar from eight yards after good work from Aiden McGeady on the left
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Scottish Cup semi-final draw
Queen of the South have been rewarded for their first semi-final in more than 50 years with a tie against either Celtic or Aberdeen.
The Doonhamers secured the date after a 2-0 win over Dundee at Palmerston Park.
Meanwhile, the winners of the replay between St Johnstone and St Mirren at Love Street will play Rangers, Hibernian or Partick Thistle.
Hibs meet Rangers at Ibrox in a fifth-round tie with the victors at home to Partick on Wednesday 19 March.
Scottish Cup semi-finals:
St Mirren or St Johnstone v Rangers or Hibernian or Partick Thistle
Queen of the South v Aberdeen or Celtic.
Games to be played on 12/13 April at venues to be confirmed.
Queen of the South went through to their first Scottish Cup semi-final since 1950 with a narrow win over Dundee at Palmerston Park.
It was a scrappy first half with striker Stephen Dobbie going closest for Queens when he shot just wide.
The game sparked into life when Queen's goalkeeper Jamie McDonald's clearance found Dobbie before finished clinically in the 52nd minute.
Ryan McCann shot astonishingly from inside his own half to seal the win.
It was a disappointing afternoon for the Taysiders, who will now concentrate solely on their chase for the First Division title, while Gordon Chisholm's men can bask in their achievement of reaching the semis.
Dundee boss Alex Rae named himself on the bench amid a selection crisis.
Rae was wi
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It's the battle of the saints at McDiarmid Park as St Mirren visit St Johnstone with the Perth side aiming for a second successive Scottish Cup semi-final berth.
And in Dumfries, it's the all First Division clash between Queen of the South and Dundee at Palmerston Park.
St Johnstone v St Mirren: Commentary from John Barnes, Murdo MacLeod, Allan Preston and Chick Young.
Queen of the South v Dundee: Commentary from Bill Leckie, Billy Dodds and Sandra Brown.
After all the action on the park, the semi-final draw will follow at 1705GMT, con
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