FOOTBALL: Scottish Cup 2012/13 – Semi Finals – Live on Sky Sports & BBC Scotland

The William Hill Scottish Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend and Sky Sports and BBC Scotland has all the action covered throughout the weekend from Hampden Park.

Both semi-finals will be screened live on Sky Sports, including exclusive coverage of the first semi-final between Dundee United and Celtic, while Hibernian’s clash with first division side Falkirk in the first semi-final will be shown live and free-to-air on BBC One Scotland. 

Full details of Scottish Cup Semi Final weekend on TV below:

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The first semi-final on Saturday lunchtime at the national stadium sees Hibernian take on Falkirk for a place in next month’s final.

Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian side return to Hampden for the first time since last season’s cup final defeat to city rivals Hearts.

Hibs earned their place in the semi-finals with a dramatic 4-2 victory over Kilmarnock, grabbing two decisive goals in the last ten minutes of the match.

The Edinburgh club haven’t won the trophy in more than a century and will be hoping for the chance to banish memories of last year’s final, where they suffered a painful 5-1 thrashing at the hands of fierce rivals Hearts.

Falkirk’s young squad ran Celtic close at this stage of the competition last year and newly-appointed manager Gary Holt will be hoping to cause an upset in his very first match in charge.

The first division side are the only non-SPL team left in the competition and beat Hamilton Academical to make it to the penultimate hurdle.

The game will be screened live on both BBC One Scotland and Sky Sports.

BBC Scotland’s coverage will be presented by Rob Maclean with expert analysis from Pat Nevin and Peter Houston. Commentary will be provided by Liam McLeod and Craig Paterson.

David Tanner will introduce Sky Sports’ coverage and Ian Crocker will lead the commentary team.

Viewers outside Scotland can watch the action live via the BBC Sport website, while BBC Radio Scotland will provide commentary.

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On Sunday, Hampden plays host to the pick of the semi-finals as Dundee United take SPL champions-elect Celtic in this all-top flight tie.

Neil Lennon’s side have suffered a number of semi-final defeats at Hampden in recent seasons, most recently to St Mirren in the League Cup.

They will be keen to avoid another against Jackie McNamara’s side who are looking to repeat their own cup triumph of 2010.

United triumphed over local rivals Dundee in the last round, but now face a tough test against the Scottish Premier League’s runaway leaders.

Celtic, who last won the competition two years ago, have lifted the trophy more times than any other club and will be keen to add this year’s cup to a likely SPL title.

David Tanner will present Sky Sports’ exclusive coverage of this second semi-final, with Ian Crocker leading the commentary team.

Free-to-air highlights of the gae will shown in the evening on BBC One Scotland’s Sportscene at 10.25pm, presented by Rob Maclean with guest Barry Robson and commentary from Alasdair Lamont and Billy Dodds.

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Saturday 13th April 
Hibernian v Falkirk – Semi Final
Kick-off: 12:30 | LIVE: 12.15pm-2.30pm – BBC One Scotland
Kick-off: 12:30 | LIVE: 12.00pm-2.45pm – Sky Sports 1 
  
  
Sunday 14th April
Dundee United v Celtic – Semi Final
Kick-off: 12:45 | LIVE: 12.30pm-3.00pm – Sky Sports 2
 
Sportscene: Scottish Cup Highlights – Dundee Utd v Celtic
10.25pm-11.10pm – BBC One Scotland
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Both BBC Scotland programmes will be available to view on BBC iPlayer shortly after transmission
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