SERGIO KNOWS HIS CUP FINAL TEAM
Paulo Sergio has selected his Hearts team for Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup final with Hibernian - but he does not know if Craig Beattie will be in it.
Striker Beattie scored the decisive penalty as Hearts beat Celtic in the semi-final to set up the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896.
Asked whether he had selected his side, Sergio said: "Yes, three days ago."
On Beattie, who missed the end of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season with a hamstring injury, Sergio added: "He worked yesterday, he's going to work today too.
"We're going to see and take a decision if he is fit enough to deserve to be in the squad."
Since the semi-finals a month ago, the Scottish capital has been gripped by cup final fever, with Hibs seeking to win the trophy for the first time since 1902.
Hearts, champions in 1998 and 2006, last lost an Edinburgh derby in May 2009, with Hibs winless in 10 matches against their rivals ahead of the Hampden showpiece.
Sergio, though, places no extra emphasis on the final because Hibs are Hearts' opponents.
He added: "For me it's an opponent, it's a game that I want to win like all the others.
"It's not special because it's Hibs.
"This is a game that is as important as it was to win against Auchinleck (Talbot, Hearts' fourth-round opponents).
"If we didn't beat Auchinleck, we would not be here to play this one."
Sergio declined requests to pose with the Scottish Cup, saying: "Hopefully Saturday night I'm going to touch that cup and I'm going to sleep with that.
"But I don't want to be with the cup when I haven't won that cup. I have no right to be taking photos with the cup.
"Hopefully I'm going to have that right on Saturday."
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