Hearts' last ten Scottish Cup semi-finals - in pictures

Hearts face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Monday, 8th April 2019, 8:04 pm
Updated Monday, 8th April 2019, 8:19 pm
Hearts are in Scottish Cup action this weekend

We take a look back at the Jambos' last ten last-four encounters in the competition...

Ian Ferguson scored the opening goal despite Henry Smith's protests. Gary Mackay equalised but Frank McGarvey grabbed a late winner.
McGarvey scored the winner in the semi (pictured) but it was fellow goalscorer Ian Ferguson who scored the only goal in the showpiece final to secure the cup for St Mirren

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A year later, Hearts were back at Hampden to play Celtic, but despite Brian Whittaker (pictured) scoring the opener, Celtic netted twice in the last 5 minutes to reach the final
Hearts lined up with: Smith, Murray, Whittaker, Black, Galloway, McPherson, Mackay, Berry (pictured), Foster, Colquhoun, Robertson. I Jardine and Clarke came off the bench.
After a 0-0 draw in the first game, Hearts needed a late equaliser from Andy McLaren to take the tie to extra time and then penalties, but lost 4-2 on spot-kicks.
Another player, Alan Lawrence, lost two Scottish Cup finals with Airdrie. He joined Hearts in 1995, and lost a third Scottish Cup final, before rejoining the Diamonds in 1996.
Airdrie had a number of ex-Hearts players in their ranks, including Walter Kidd, Jimmy Sandison and Kenny Black.
A similar tale in this semi-final for Hearts, who took the lead through Allan Preston (pictured) but lost 2-1 - former Tynecastle defender Dave McPherson scoring the equaliser.
Hearts lined up with Walker, McLaren, McKinlay, Levein, Mackay, Van de Ven, Robertson, D Ferguson, Baird, Millar, Preston. Subs were Snodin and I Ferguson.
A case of deja vu as Hearts faced Airdrie in a semi-final and lost. Steve Cooper's 29th-minute header eliminated a Jambos side captained by current boss Craig Levein
A last-gasp Allan Johnston goal sent Hearts through, after Duncan Shearer had cancelled out John Robertson's opener. However, Hearts would go on to lose the final 5-1 to Rangers.
Hearts lined up with Rousset, Locke, Ritchie, Mackay, McManus, Bruno, Johnston, Colquhoun, Lawrence, Fulton, Pointon. Robertson and McPherson made sub appearances.
Stephane Adam scored a double as Hearts scored twice in injury time to see off Falkirk. Adam netted in the 5th and 89th minutes with Neil McCann adding a third in injury time.
31,587 were in Ibrox to see former Hibs winger Kevin McAllister cancel out Adam's opener, until the Frenchman and McCann (pictured) ended any possibility of a replay.
It was a famous victory for Jim Jefferies, who had spent five years at Falkirk before taking charge at Hearts.
Rangers' victory over Celtic the following day set up a rematch of the 1995/96 final - only this time Hearts exacted revenge, winning their sixth Scottish Cup and first since 1955/56
Hearts avoided rivals Hibs in the last four of the 2004/05 Scottish Cup, but there was no chance of an all-Edinburgh final as Celtic beat Hearts and Hibs lost to Dundee United.
Two players who would go onto manage Hearts and Hibs both played in this game - Robbie Neilson lined up for the Jambos while Neil Lennon played the full game for Celtic.
With Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen all out by the end of the fourth round, both Edinburgh clubs fancied their chances of cup glory in the 2005/06 campaign.
Former Hibee Paul Hartley scored a hat-trick as a rampant Hearts crushed their bitter rivals with ease at the national stadium.
Hearts went on to lift the cup, defeating Second Division champions Gretna on penalties the following month.
Edgaras Jankauskas was also on the scoresheet as Hibs had Ivan Sproule and Gary Smith sent off to complete a miserable afternoon in Glasgow.
Celtic and Hearts met at the semi-final stage again in April 2012, with a late goal from - who else? - former Celtic striker Craig Beattie sending Hearts through to the final.
Rudi Skacel had opened the scoring after rounding Celtic 'keeper Fraser Forster.
His celebration after netting the winner from the penalty spot was particularly memorable...
Beattie only played nine games for Hearts in total, scoring three goals. He made a cameo appearance for the last 15 minutes as the Jambos routed Hibs in the 2012 final.