‘They should listen to what the fans say’

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WHATEVER happens on May 19, history has already been made by our Hearts and Hibs heroes.

What a moment it will be when the players walk out for the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup Final since Victorian times.

It is one of those occasions which grandfathers will proudly boast about to their grandchildren, saying “I was there”.

Of course, one side of the city will want to forget about it the moment the final whistle blows.

While victory will bring huge celebrations – and guarantee bragging rights for a generation – many diehards are already gripped by fear of how miserable losing at the final hurdle to their nearest rivals will be.

Our only hope is that all the players do themselves proud – and we fully expect the fans will prove that they are the best in the country, passionate and well-behaved.

It should all add up to an occasion to be remembered for all the right reasons.

The only question that remains is where it should all take place, Hampden or Murrayfield.

The News has already posed the question of whether anywhere else can match the history and sense of occasion that Hampden brings to football cup finals.

But there are good reasons for switching to Murrayfield – not least that 15000 more fans would get to see the game.

The Scottish Football Association has improved communication with fans in recent times but it has a history of seeming to take them for granted.

This time they should listen to what the fans of Hibs and Hearts have to say – and if they choose Murrayfield then the big game should move east.

Manifesto gamble

The trams fiasco has dominated the Lib Dems’ time in power in Edinburgh – and continues to dominate the doorsteps in this election campaign.

You might have thought that the wisest move would have been to avoid any mention of the t-word in the party’s manifesto rather than talk of a massive expansion of the current project. But then the idea of extending the line down Leith Walk as planned and out to Little France as originally envisaged does make a lot of sense.

The problem is it is a massive gamble based on the public being willing to forgive and forget once the line starts operating from the airport to the city centre.

Brave or naive, only time will tell. And Jenny Dawe doesn’t have long to wait to find out.