Rangers v Hibs: Likely teams, kick-off time, where to watch

IT's the first time the Scottish Cup final has been contested by two teams from outwith the top flight - but who will come out on top?

Friday, 20th May 2016, 4:36 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st May 2016, 10:27 am
James Keatings and Danny Wilson tussle for the ball as David Gray and Jason Holt look on. Picture: John Devlin
James Keatings and Danny Wilson tussle for the ball as David Gray and Jason Holt look on. Picture: John Devlin

The teams have played five times this season, with Rangers recording three victories to Hibernian’s two. Can Hibernian finally end their Scottish Cup hoodoo, or will Mark Warburton lead his team to a third trophy of the season?

Here is all you need to know about the 2016 William Hill Scottish Cup final...

Kick-off: 3pm

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How the teams could line up. Picture: Contributed/LineupBuilder

Where to watch: Sky Sports 1, BBC One Scotland

Probable Rangers team (4-3-3): Foderingham; Tavernier, Kiernan, Wilson, Wallace; Halliday, Holt, Zelalem; McKay, Miller, Waghorn. Subs from: Bell, Shiels, Law, Burt, Clark, Thompson, McCrorie.

Unavailable: Forrester, Templeton (injury); O’Halloran, King (ineligible); Ball (suspended).

Team news: Injuries, suspensions and ineligibility means Mark Warburton’s starting XI largely picks itself. The only possible quandary for the former Brentford boss is whether he goes with Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem or the experienced Dean Shiels in midfield alongside Jason Holt.

How the teams could line up. Picture: Contributed/LineupBuilder

Probable Hibs team (3-5-2): Logan; Gunnarsson, McGregor, Hanlon; Gray, Henderson, Bartley, McGinn, Stevenson; Keatings, Stokes. Subs from: Oxley, Fyvie, McGeouch, Fontaine, Thomson, Dagnall, Handling, Boyle, Cummings,

Unavailable: El Alagui, Carmichael (injury).

Team news: Alan Stubbs has nearly a full squad at his disposal, with Farid El Alagui and Dan Carmichael still out through injury. The return of Dylan McGeouch, who limped out of the 3-2 defeat to Falkirk, will give Stubbs a welcome selection headache in the Hibs midfield.

Referee: Steven McLean

Key Rangers player: You could pick any one of James Tavernier, Lee Wallace, Andy Halliday or Martyn Waghorn, but we’re going with Wallace. The marauding left back has chipped in with a fair glut of goals this season and his rampages down the wing give the Rangers attack an extra dimension. Has already caused Hibs problems with his willingness to get forward and will look to do so again.

Key Hibs player: Darren McGregor arrived from Rangers at the start of the season, and the boyhood Hibs fan has become a regular starter under Alan Stubbs. Willing to throw himself in front of anything in the Hibs box, he’s also a useful quantity at set-pieces. If Hibs are to keep Rangers’ front three at bay as well as heaping pressure on Wes Foderingham and the Light Blues back four, McGregor and his defensive allies will need to be at the top of their game.

Last five meetings: Hibs 3-2 Rangers, Rangers 4-2 Hibs, Hibs 2-1 Rangers, Rangers 1-0 Hibs, Hibs 2-6 Rangers.

Odds: Rangers 5/6 Draw 13/5 Hibs 16/5 (odds from Paddy Power)

What Rangers are saying: “There’s been many great Rangers cup wins but it is all about me as a player now and that’s how I want to be judged.

“There has been joy, heartbreak, every emotion under the sun with these in the past. In the Celtic semi-final we put everything into that game. We managed to win but even then we had every emotion under the sun. It might be the same next Saturday but it’s something you’ve got to try and control and the final result is going to be the most important thing.” (Andy Halliday)

What Hibs are saying: “We know if we win the game then everything else falls into place. The adulation, the writing of themselves into history, all of that falls into place. The players could become legends but I’ve said all along that I’m not really interested in me. I’d be more pleased for the players and the club as a whole.” (Alan Stubbs)