With the SPL title all wrapped up, Celtic look to complete the domestic double as they take on Hibernian in the 2013 William Hill Scottish Cup Final.
Scotland’s showpiece match sees Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian take on Neil Lennon’s side for the oldest national trophy in the world, which was first played for in 1874.
Both BBC One Scotland and Sky Sports will simulcast live coverage of the conclusion to the Scottish football season at Hampden Park on Sunday, May 26.
Indeed it is the first time in the competition’s long history that the final will be played on a Sunday.
This is to comply with UEFA regulations which prohibit major televised matches being played on the same day as the UEFA Champions League Final, which takes place on May 25 at Wembley.
Fixture congestion also meant that the match could not be moved to an earlier weekend, though unlike this year’s edition of its English counterpart, the final will bring the curtain down the 2012/13 Scottish football season.
It will be the first time that Hibernian and Celtic have met in the Scottish Cup since the 2001 final, which the Bhoys won 3-0, and the Glasgow side are firm favourites to repeat that outcome.
Celtic are the most successful side in the history of the Scottish Cup with 35 triumphs already under their belt.
It overshadows the success of Hibernian, who have won the cup twice, but the last time being back in 1902.
The Edinburgh side will be hoping to extinguish the bitter memories of last season’s final when they lost 5-1 to their city rivals Hearts, meaning it’s now 111 years since they last lifted the Scottish Cup.
It’s a statistic etched on the psyche of the Easter Road supporters, so Fenlon will be hoping to create history and take the cup back to Leith. Celtic by contrast have won this trophy 35 times, more than any other club – the last one in 2011.
Neil Lennon is aiming for a league and cup double in a season in which he also led Celtic to the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Despite early promise in the SPL, Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian ended their league season in the bottom six.
However, Hibs have already beaten Celtic in the SPL this season and they carry a genuine goal threat in striker Leigh Griffiths, who has the ability to cause real trouble for the Celtic defence.
But Hibs’ own back line will have to be at their best if they are to stop potential Celtic goalscorers such as Gary Hooper, Anthony Stokes and Kris Commons.
On the way to today’s showpiece match the Leith side have defeated Hearts, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.
In a dramatic semi-final against Falkirk, they came back from being 3-0 down at half-time to win 4-3 in extra time.
Meanwhile, in their early rounds, the team from Glasgow’s East End enjoyed victories against Arbroath, Raith Rovers and St Mirren.
They also had a seven goal extra time semi-final in which they eventually beat Dundee Utd 4-3.
A win on Sunday afternoon would see Celtic walk away with the domestic league double having long secured another Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.
They are red hot favourites to get their hands on the trophy for the 36th time, but after losing last year’s final against their fierce Edinburgh rivals, Hibs are back for another shot and will be hoping for a happier ending this time around.
SOTB’s Scottish Cup Final viewing guide below:
BBC Scotland will have live free-to-air coverage of the 2013 Scottish Cup Final in a special edition of Sportscene with almost two-hours of build-up from Hampden Park.
The Sportscene team, led by presenter Rob MacLean, will be telling the story of this year’s journey on the Road to Hampden from the first goal last August all the way to today’s final tie.
Key players from both teams talk about their cup campaigns and aspirations.
Fans will hear the views of both managers ahead of kick-off, plus Scotland boss Gordon Strachan takes a walk down memory lane as he relives his own Scottish Cup experiences.
Plus, BBC Scotland will bring viewers all the team news and tactical analysis as kick-off approaches.
Joining Rob MacLean in the studio for expert analysis and comment will be Gary Caldwell, John Hartson and Pat Nevin.
Match commentary comes from Liam McLeod and Billy Dodds.
BBC Scotland’s coverage will be available to view on BBC iPlayer shortly after transmission.
Fans in the rest of the UK can watch BBC One Scotland’s coverage if they have access to Sky or Virgin Media (see below), or alternatively they can watch live online streaming via the BBC Sport website.
Sky Sports will also broadcast live coverage of the 2013 Scottish Cup Final from Hampden.
David Tanner introduces coverage from Scotland’s national stadium with the transmission on Sky Sports 3 beginning half-an-hour before kick-off.
Expert analysis in the studio comes from John Collins and Neil McCann.
Match commentary will be provided by Ian Crocker and Andy Walker, while Charles Paterson will conduct interviews and pitchside reports.
Saturday 26th May Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian v Celtic LIVE: 1.05pm-5.30pm – BBC One Scotland LIVE: 2.30pm-5.30pm – Sky Sports 3 Sportscene: Scottish Cup Final Highlights 10.25pm-11.25pm – BBC One Scotland BBC One Scotland is available to view across the UK via:
- Sky 951
- Virgin 862
- TalkTalk TV 956