How much Hibs would net from European adventure if they win Scottish Cup
The winners of the 2020/21 Scottish Cup will earn at least £3 million from European football this season, it has been reported.
The absence of either champions Rangers or runners-up Celtic in the final four of the competition means the eventual victor will go into the play-off round of the Europa League.
Even if the Scottish representative is defeated at that stage and they fail to make the group stages, they’ll still be guaranteed at least another six games by dropping into the groups of the Europa Conference League, which will have its inaugural campaign next term.
And while the figures haven’t been released yet by Uefa, the Scottish Sun are claiming that it’ll be worth at least £3 million to whichever side makes it. Qualification for the Europa League would be worth around £5 million.
Hibs are the new favourites for this season’s Scottish Cup after the weekend’s matches. Jack Ross’ men survived a late comeback from Motherwell who scored twice late to send the quarter-final clash at Easter Road into extra-time. After the game finished 2-2, Hibs defeated their visitors 4-2 on penalties.
The shock of the round came at Ibrox where a stoppage-time goal from Chris Kane gave St Johnstone the chance to win the match on penalties, which they did through a pair of saves from hero Zander Clark.
The Perth side will meet St Mirren in the semis. The Buddies also advanced on penalties after drawing 3-3 with Kilmarnock after extra-time on Monday evening.
Hibs’ opponents Dundee United made it to the final four with a comprehensive 3-0 win at Aberdeen.