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Saturday 27th October 2018

Betfred Cup

Semi-final Sunday

The Betfred Cup semi-finals take place at BT Murrayfield and Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon

More than 100,000 fans are expected to attend this weekend’s matches and both games are also exclusively live on BT Sport.

Heart of Midlothian v Celtic – BT Murrayfield, kick-off 1.30pm

Road to the semis: Hearts topped Group C then beat Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 at East End Park in the last 16. They got past Motherwell 4-2 at Tynecastle to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2013/14. Celtic beat Partick Thistle 3-1 at Firhill in the second round and a Leigh Griffiths goal was enough to see off St Johnstone 1-0 at McDiarmid Park in the quarter-finals.

League Cup pedigree: Celtic have won the trophy in each of the last two seasons and have claimed the cup 17 times overall. Hearts are four-time League Cup winners but their most recent success was back in season 1962/63 when Tommy Walker was their manager.

This season: Hearts won 1-0 at Tynecastle in August with a Kyle Lafferty goal and the teams meet again at Celtic Park next weekend.

Team news: Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is suspended and Hearts forward Craig Wighton is cup-tied after playing for Dundee in the group stage. 

In the event of a draw: Extra time and, if necessary, kicks from the penalty mark will settle the outcome if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Referee: Willie Collum

Match programme: Large size (A4) 84-page edition on sale, priced £5

Tickets: Please note that no tickets will be on sale at BT Murrayfield

Important travel advice: Details HERE


Aberdeen v Rangers – Hampden Park, kick-off 4.30pm

Road to the semis: Aberdeen beat St Mirren 4-0 at Pittodrie in the second round and knocked out Hibernian on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final at Easter Road. Rangers beat Kilmarnock 3-1 at Rugby Park then saw off Ayr United 4-0 at Ibrox to reach this stage.

League Cup pedigree: Rangers have won the competition a record 27 times but their most recent success was in 2010/11. Aberdeen are six-time winners of the League Cup and last got their hands on the trophy in 2013/14 when they beat Inverness CT on penalties at Celtic Park.

This season: It finished 1-1 at Pittodrie on the opening weekend of the Premiership season and the teams meet again at Ibrox on Wednesday December 5.

Team news: Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is suspended and Kyle Lafferty is cup-tied after playing for Hearts earlier in the competition.

In the event of a draw: Extra time and, if necessary, kicks from the penalty mark will settle the outcome if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Referee: John Beaton

Match programme: Large size (A4) 84-page edition on sale, priced £5

Tickets: Please note that no tickets will be on sale at Hampden Park

Important travel advice: Details HERE