Scottish Cup quarter-finals as it happened

Dundee United beat city rivals Dundee and Hibs win 4-2 at Kilmarnock to book places in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

3 March 2013 Last updated at 17:14

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  1. 1710: 

    That's all from me on what was an entertaining day of Scottish Cup action.

    You can catch highlights of today's action on Sportscene at 22:25 on BBC One Scotland and they'll be online as well.

    Highlights from yesterday's SPL games will be on the website from 18:00.

    Thanks for your company and all of your contributions. Enjoy what remains of the weekend.

  2. 1705: 
    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Cup games can swing one way then then other.

    "If you can't defend long balls you deserve to lose. It was a comedy of errors from us at times.

    "It was poor play, basic schoolboy defending. They kept pumping long balls at us and we couldn't deal with it.

    "I'm really disappointed to lose in the manner in which we did. It was self-inflicted."

  3. 1700: 

    "This could be their year, they've come close so many times," says former Hibs player and manager Mixu Paatelainen.

  4. 1658: 

    The semi-final draw will be made at Hampden tomorrow at 13:30.

    Hibernian, Dundee United, Celtic and Falkirk are the names in the hat.

  5. 1655: 
    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

    "We're delighted for the supporters. I thought we showed great character here today, like we did during the week.

    "We're a good side and we showed that again today. But it's only a semi-final and, whoever we get we've got play like that again."

  6. 1652: 
    Hat-trick hero Leigh Griffiths

    "That's my first ever hat-trick in professional football.

    "To get three at any level is great but to do it in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup is something I'll never forget.

    "The semi-final will be hard whoever we get but we want to give the fans something back after embarrassing ourselves in the final last season."

  7. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Kilmarnock 2-4 Hibernian

    It was the Leigh Griffiths show at Rugby Park, with the Hibs striker taking the ball home with him after a fantastic hat-trick. The game was packed full of incidents, including two penalties and a sending off.

  8. 1647: 

    Hibs sub Eoin Doyle is in acres of space on the left but his headed touch is too heavy and allows Cammy Bell to come sliding out to smother the ball.

  9. 1644: 

    Leigh Griffiths gets a hero's ovation from the large Hibs support as he makes way for teenager Alex Harris for the last few minutes.

  10. 1643: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 2-4 Hibernian (Griffths)

    That's a hat-trick for Leigh Griffiths as he slams the penalty past Cammy Bell.

  11. 1642: 

    Hibs have a penalty as the arm of William Gros stops Leigh Griffith's free-kick from 20 yards.

  12. 1641: 

    Kilmarnock's Ross Barbour is sent off for tugging at Leigh Griffiths as the Hibs striker charges through on goal.

  13. 1640: 

    Kris Boyd is on for Kilmarnock - Jeroen Tesselar making way - and already he's been in the thick of the action. The ball falls his way in the penalty box but he can't react quickly enough to guide it on target.

  14. 1636: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 2-3 Hibernian (Griffiths)

    Leigh Griffiths does it again and again the visitors get a big helping hand from the home team. The Hibs striker beats Mo Sissoko in a foot race and gets a nudge as he faces up to Cammy Bell. The keeper misjudges the ball and a grounded Griffiths hacks the ball from under the hands of bell to score.

  15. 1633: 

    Mark O'Hara is on for Jude Winchester, while Gary Deegan and Eoin Doyle replace Hibs pair Matt Done and Tom Taiwo.

  16. 1632: 

    James McPake slides in with a perfect block on Paul Heffernan just as the Killie man was shaping to shoot. The game has opened right up as both sides seek a winner.

  17. 1630: 

    The game has burst into life again as Leigh Griffiths charges into the penalty box from the left and stings the palms of Cammy Bell when a low delivery across goal looked the profitable route.

  18. 1626: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 2-2 Hibernian (Heffernan)

    Paul Heffernan smashes the penalty right down the middle. He won the spot-kick as he followed up a shot from James Dayton that had been parried by Ben Williams. Lewis Stevenson didn't appear to know the striker was there and contact looked minimal, the player going down very easily.

  19. 1625: 

    Kilmarnock have a penalty as Lewis Stevenson obstructs Paul Heffernan.

  20. 1622: 

    Kilmarnock appear to have to gone with three at the back to accommodate the arrival of Cillian Sheridan. There are big gaps in the home defence which is risky against the pace of Leigh Griffiths.

  21. 1619: 

    Killie introduce a new striker but it's not Kris Boyd coming on. Cillian Sheridan replaces Rory McKeown, so that will require a defensive reshuffle for the hosts.

  22. 1618: 

    Mo Sissoko has had an eventful afternoon and now he's in the ref's little black book for hacking down Leigh Griffiths.

  23. 1616: 

    Groans echo all around Rugby Park as both teams surrender possession cheaply.


    Dundee United's Gary Mackay-Steven on Twitter: "Great feeling being in the semis. Fans were awesome thanks."

  25. 1612: 

    William Gros bursts forward and skips past a challenge on the halfway line before knocking the ball past Ryan McGivern and crashing right into the defender. No foul given as howls of protest come from the home fans.

  26. 1608: 

    The target opens up for William Gros 20 yards out but the Killie striker is off-balance as he hurries his shot and the ball skews wide.

  27. 1605: 

    Kris Boyd gets a good reception from the home fans as he begins a warm-up routine. Will the Scotland striker make his second Killie debut in this second half?

  28. 1604: 

    Leigh Griffiths hares after a long ball over the top from Ryan McGivern and Cammy Bell has to look lively to gather at the edge of his penalty area.

  29. 1602: 

    Leigh Griffiths causes all sorts of problems for the Killie defence as he chases down a bobbling ball in the penalty area and fires in a low strike that is blocked by a combination of Ross Barbour and Cammy Bell.

  30. 1600: 

    The second-half is up and running. No changes from either side.


    BBC Scotland's Andy Burke on Twitter: "We've witnessed some shocking goalkeeping today. Will Cammy Bell's error prove as costly as those made by Rab Douglas?"

  32. 1559: 
    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara on BBC Radio Scotland

    "For everybody connected with the club, we're just delighted to be in the next round. We'll hopefully get a good draw and try and get in the final."

  33. 1557: 
    Dundee manager John Brown on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We just felt let down by an official not doing his job. It definitely shows on the TV that the ball was out for a throw-in. I was right beside it. Ultimately that's cost us the game."

    The incident came just before the free-kick that led to Dundee United's opening goal at Dens Park.


    Grant Campbell on Twitter: "Just switched onto BBC1 to see Atletico Madrid v Villarreal in the Scottish Cup, impressive European football coverage from #bbcsportscot"

    It is unusual to see both teams in their away kits. Not sure we'd see Spanish sides playing on pitch almost devoid of grass but the game has been entertaining so far.


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    Mat from Glasgow: "I can't believe the commentators pinning the blame for the 2nd Hibs Goal on Sissoko? It's Cammy Bell that sold the Jerseys, what was he thinking throwing the ball across his goal to Sissoko who had his back to play when he could have kicked it out."


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  36. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Kilmarnock 1-2 Hibernian

    It's another 2-1 away scoreline. Will it stay that way or are there more goals to come? Leigh Griffiths and Matt Done were on target for the visitors at Rugby Park.


    BBC Scotland regular Graham Spiers on Twitter: "I think we all agree… this James Dayton beard is quite magnificent. What a thatch. #killie #hibs"

  38. 1543: 

    Killie striker Paul Heffernan shows great awareness to lift the ball over Ryan McGivern's head and slams a dipping volley inches wide of the far post.

  39. 1538: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-2 Hibernian (Done)

    A comedy of errors from Kilmarnock gifts Matt Done his first Hibs goal since his loan move from Barnsley. Mistake one: goalkeeper Cammy Bell passes to Mo Sissoko in the penalty area. Mistake two: Sissoko balloons the ball back to the keeper under pressure from Done. Mistake Three: Bell takes a clumsy touch and hacks down Leigh Griffiths as the striker nicks the ball. The loose ball lands at the feet of Done who gleefully drills it into an empty net.


    Steven Cooke on Twitter: "Delayed at Southampton airport watching the online commentary Mon the Killie! #bbcsportscot"


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  41. 1536: 

    Leigh Griffiths expertly kills a long diagonal from Jorge Claros as he races into the penalty box but a lunge from Mo Sissoko forces him wide and the Hibs striker is eventually crowded out.

  42. 1533: 

    Hibs stretch the home defence with some clever passing but Matt Done is ponderous in possession before finally deciding to have a shot and a deflection takes all the sting out of his effort.

  43. 1532: 

    Killie goalscorer James Dayton is getting a bit of stick for his bushy beard on Twitter. Club captain Manuel Pascali is calling him the "ginger Santa Claus".

  44. 1530: 

    Jeroeme Tesselar does well to get down the left and deliver a cross that Hibs captain James McPake cuts out before Paul Heffernan can reach it.

  45. 1528: 

    Hibs' David Wotherspoon does well to get past Ross Barbour and stand a cross up to the back post area but there are no yellow shirts in the penalty box.

  46. 1526: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-1 Hibernian (Dayton)

    The scores are level as Ben Williams pushes out a low strike from Willian Gros and James Dayton is first to the loose ball to hammer a shot high into the net.

  47. 1522: 

    As Sammy Clingan was waiting to take that earlier free-kick, Hibs midfielder Jorge Claros was shown a yellow card for a bit of mouthing off. Referee John Beaton must have a good grasp of Spanish.

  48. 1519: 

    Kilmarnock continue to press for an equaliser and a Rory McKeown shot is blocked by team-mate Mo Sissoko in a busy penalty area before Hibs hoof the ball clear.

  49. 1518: 

    Sammy Clingan, who scored a belter against Hibs on Wednesday, lines up a free-kick 25 yards out but it thumps right into the defensive wall.

  50. 1516: 

    "His nickname is Sparky, and he certainly gave Hibs a spark there," says BBC Scotland's match commentator Liam McLeod.

    Do you think he prepared that one in advance?

  51. 1515: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 0-1 Hibernian (Griffiths)

    That's goal number 20 of the season for Leigh Griffiths as he scampers after a long header forward from David Wotherspoon and drills a low shot under Cammy Bell.

  52. 1511: 

    Leigh Griffiths swings in a delicious free-kick and Mo Sissoko does well to get his head on a clearance ahead of Hibs skipper James McPake.


    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland on Twitter: "A mighty Hibs travelling support at Rugby Park."

  54. 1510: 

    It's now Hibs' turn to enjoy a decent spell of possession and Leigh Griffiths has a pop at goal from 25 yards but Killie keeper Cammy Bell is content to watch it bounce a few feet wide.

  55. 1507: 
    BBC Radio Scotland guest Pat Bonnar

    "Hibs are well organised under Pat Fenlon. You don't see many opportunities for teams to cut them up."

  56. 1505: 

    Kilmarnock are looking assured on the ball in these early stages but the build-up play is very slow and all in front of a Hibs team sitting very deep.

  57. 1503: 

    There is a large travelling support at Rugby Park, with upwards of 3,000 Hibees making a helluva racket...

  58. 1502: 

    "It's almost a more positive thing for Hibs, to play with one up front and five in midfield," says BBC Scotland's Pat Nevin, claiming Leigh Griffiths prefers being on his own up front.

  59. 1501: 

    Killie boss Kenny Shiels will be out for revenge since Hibs knocked his side out of the Scottish Cup last year. The teams met at Easter Road on Wednesday and shared four goals, with three of them coming in a remarkable three-minute spell late in the game. The other meetings this term have been a 1-1 draw in Ayrshire and a 2-1 home win in Leith.

  60. 1500: 

    We're off at Rugby Park.

  61. 1459: 

    Hibs emerge in a canary yellow kit, while Kilmarnock are also in the change strip of red and white stripes...

  62. 1458: 

    "You can't do anything about the past, you've got to look to the future," add Pat Fenlon on Hibs' Scottish Cup hoodoo.

  63. 1456: 
    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It should be a good spectacle. There's a lot of good players on the park. It should lend to a good game."

  64. 1454: 

    "He's a footballer with a capital F," is how BBC TV guest Mixu Paatelainen describes Paul Heffernan. The Finn tried to sign the striker while he was Kilmarnock manager and of course he played for and managed Hibs.

    "He's almost like Leigh Griffiths for Hibs," adds Paatelainen, although he doesn't explain what he means by "almost". I think he's stressing that both players contribute an awful lot for their sides.

  65. 1452: 

    Kilmarnock have much happier Hampden memories, having won the League Cup final last term and the third of their Scottish Cup successes came in 1997, with a win over Falkirk. What price a repeat of that final?

    Killie fans looking for omens will be pleased to note that the other semi-finalists in '97 were Celtic, Dundee Utd and Falkirk...

  66. 1449: 

    You can't really mention Hibs and the Scottish Cup without casting up some gruesome history, so, Hibees look away, and I'll quickly get that out of the way. The Edinburgh club have gone 111 years since they last picked up the oldest trophy in world football and were absolutely thumped by city rivals Hearts in last year's final.

    That wound will take a while to heal but Hibs earned a modicum of revenge by knocking Hearts out at the first hurdle in this season's tournament and what better way to bounce back than getting to the national stadium again in May?


    Edinburgh Tom on Twitter: "I'm starting 2 get that feelin again, the 1 where i think mayb, just mayb, this is the yr #Hibs finally win the cup. #Lunacy #bbcsportscot"


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    Injured Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali on Twitter: "C'mon the killieeeeeeeeee!! Go on lads!!!!!!!!!!"

  69. 1446: 

    That's three 2-1 away wins so far. Hibs fans will be very happy if the trend continues in the last of the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

  70. 1443: 

    Kilmarnock: Bell, Barbour, Sissoko, Tesselaar, McKeown, Winchester, Fowler, Clingan, Dayton, Gros, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, Hay, Boyd, Sheridan, O'Hara.

    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, McPake, McGivern, Stevenson, Done, Robertson, Taiwo, Claros, Wotherspoon, Griffiths. Subs: Murdoch, Deegan, Doyle, Harris, Forster.

    Referee: John Beaton

  71. 1441: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee 1-2 Dundee Utd

    Dundee United join Celtic and Falkirk in the final four of the Scottish Cup thanks to first-half goals from Brain McLean and Gary Mackay-Steven.

    Dundee demonstrated ample energy but lacked the nous up front to overly trouble the visitors.

  72. 1440: 

    Sportscene is starting on BBC One Scotland, with full coverage of Kilmarnock v Hibs. You can watch the programme at the top of this page.

  73. 1438: 

    We'll get three added minutes at Dens Park as United mess about by the corner flag wasting precious seconds.

  74. 1437: 

    Just a few minutes left and Dundee appear to have run out of steam and ideas as United slow the game down and draw an increasing number of fouls from the frustrated hosts.

  75. 1433: 

    It's all kicking off as Rab Douglas and Keith Watson get into a bit of a tussle after David Grassi has a naughty nibble at the United full-back. Lots of pushing and shoving follows, with ref Iain Brines in amongst it.

  76. 1432: 

    Rab Douglas may have been at fault for both of United's goals but he's just prevented a third with a fabulous stretch to keep out an errant header from defender Davide Grassi, who was trying to clear a Willo Flood free-kick.

  77. 1429: 

    Dundee throw on striker Colin Nish for the final 10 minutes. Stevie Milne trudges off.

  78. 1428: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "It's all a bit frantic from Dundee. They are battling well but could do with a bit of composure in the final third."

  79. 1427: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven is taken out by a Brian Easton rugby tackle to win a free-kick in a dangerous position. Barry Douglas steps up and curls his shot high over the crossbar.

  80. 1423: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven goes to ground not once but twice as players jostle at a United corner. The winger appears to be signalling to referee Iain Brines that he was being strangled.

  81. 1420: 

    Mark Stewart is on for Nicky Reilly as Dundee make a change.

  82. 1419: 

    Stuart Armstrong gets in behind the dozing Dundee defence to slam a dangerous ball across goal but United skipper Jon Daly can't reach it.

  83. 1416: 

    Davide Grassi gets on the end of a John Baird corner and his header slams into the turf before bouncing up under the crossbar as Radoslaw Cierzniak punches clear under pressure from a player in a dark blue shirt.

  84. 1412: 

    Richie Ryan is on for Dundee United, taking the place of Michael Gardyne.

  85. 1409: 

    Dundee force a couple of quick corners and Ryan Conroy's delivery improves after a few feeble set-piece efforts but United hold firm, with Jon Daly and Keith Watson clearing the danger.

  86. 1407: 

    Stevie Milne and John Baird link up well as Dundee continue to press but the latter will want to forget his final shot on goal as the ball spins horribly wide of the target.

  87. 1405: 

    Kilmarnock are unchanged from their midweek draw at Easter Road. Hibernian make one midfield switch, with David Wotherspoon in for Paul Cairney.

  88. 1403: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven hares down the left to pull the ball back for Michael Gardyne and the United forward does well to turn and get a shot away. However, big Rab Douglas gets down smartly to push the effort round the post.


    Neil: "Is it just me that's wondering why Davidson is being allowed so much white tape on his socks? He looks as though he's wearing a different pair from the rest of the Dundee players."


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  90. 1356: 

    Oops! A scare for the visitors as keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak comes charging out to gather a long punt over the top. Defender Brian McLean doesn't see the Pole and nods the ball past him and is a relieved man as it rolls a couple of yards wide of the empty goal.

  91. 1355: 

    Nicky Reilly looks to the heavens as he skies a shot in that direction. Not the Dundee midfielder's best effort. The ball might be in a different post code now.

  92. 1354: 

    The second half is up and running at Dens Park. No changes in personnel.

  93. 1353: 
    Dundee manager John Brown on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We are disappointed, since we should have had a throw-in when they got the free-kick for the first goal. But we should have defended it better.

    "It's a great derby and we're still right in this game."

  94. 1350: 
    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We're lucky in Scotland. The quality of play is really good, teams are playing in the right way, and it's impossible to predict who's going to win most weeks."

  95. 1346: 

    I'm reeling from the news that the BBC canteen has no pies or sausage rolls. Not sure how I'm going to get through the second half on an empty stomach. Hope you are well stocked up wherever you're following the action from.

  96. 1343: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "I've really enjoyed the game. It's been end-to-end and I don't think we've seen the end of the goal-scoring."


    Greg in Edinburgh: "Rab Douglas having yet another shocker for the Dees. Was in no man's land for the first goal and could have done better at the second. Dread to think how many points he's cost the Dees this season!"

    Graeme from Edinburgh: "Come on! - derby - cup game - putting your side in front - booked for celebration - hate that!"


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  98. 1336: 
    HALF-TIME- Dundee 1-2 Dundee Utd

    It's been a real humdinger of a first-half at Dens Park and the home side will feel aggrieved to be trailing. United have not been at their fluent best but have found the net twice.

    Dundee were well on top when Gary Mackay-Steven smashed in the second goal for the visitors.

  99. 1335: 

    Not for the first time, two Dundee defenders challenge for the same ball. No harm done but it will be a worry for manager John Brown.

  100. 1333: 

    Dundee have lost their earlier momentum as the first half draws to a close. That second United goal appears to have knocked the wind out of their sails.

  101. 1329: 

    Rab Douglas is next to make a meal of a shot that is going wide but the veteran Dundee keeper doesn't look quite as graceful as he awkwardly paws at a bobbling effort.

  102. 1327: 

    Dundee respond positively as Nicky Reilly sends a looping shot goalwards from 30 yards. It looked like it was going wide but Radoslaw Cierzniak doesn't waste an opportunity to show off, leaping high to push it away.

  103. 1324: 
    GOAL- Dundee 1-2 Dundee Utd (Mackay-Steven)

    United break at pace with Willo Flood finding Stuart Armstrong, who slips a neat pass to Gary Mackay-Steven and the midfielder smashes a low, first-time strike home from the edge of the penalty area.

    The ball went right under keeper Rab Douglas but it was fairly fizzing. Mackay-Steven also picked up a yellow card for his celebrations.

  104. 1322: 

    Dundee win a free-kick as Nicky Reilly hits the turf again. The ball breaks to John Baird but the striker rather scuffs his shot and Radoslaw Cierzniak makes a save with an outstretched foot.

  105. 1317: 

    Dundee work the ball into the penalty area and defender Brian McLean has to look lively to poke it behind as Stevie Milne ghosts in at the front post. From the corner, John Baird heads over after a fresh air swipe from keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak


    Former Dens Park favourite Steve Lovell on Twitter: "Come on Dundee. Been a long time coming #dundeederby"


    Jack, Norwich via text: "As a neutral watching this, Dundee are playing much better football than Dundee Utd. Excellent goal."


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  108. 1313: 

    Dundee have their tails up now as Stevie Milne skews a shot horribly wide from long-range. United look rattled...

  109. 1312: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, who began his career at Dundee, is looking on from the main stand. Keeping an eye on Gary Mackay-Steven?

  110. 1309: 

    Dundee's Nicky Reilly is booked for a dreadful dive in the penalty area, leaping like a salmon on a pogo stick when confronted by Willo Flood.

  111. 1308: 
    GOAL- Dundee 1-1 Dundee Utd (McAlister)

    Dundee are level as John Baird does well to turn in the box and lay the ball into the path of Jim McAlister and the midfielder thumps in a low strike from 15 yards.

  112. 1306: 

    Ryan Conroy sets his sights from a free-kick 30 yards out but his effort lacks the pace to trouble Radoslaw Cierzniak and the United keeper makes a comfortable save.

  113. 1304: 

    United winger Gary Mackay-Steven goes charging into the penalty area from the right and takes a tumble under a clumsy challenge from Brian Easton but he gets up quickly and appeals from the visitors are muted.

  114. 1301: 

    Dundee manager John Brown is not a happy man and he is berating the match officials. He thinks the ball had gone out of play in the build-up to that free-kick. TV replays suggest he has a case...

  115. 1259: 
    GOAL- Dundee 0-1 Dundee Utd (McLean)

    United are in front as Brian McLean gets above the rest to glance a header from Barry Douglas's free-kick. Dundee keeper Rab Douglas came charging out and got nowhere near it.

  116. 1257: 

    Dundee United win their first corner but Willo Flood's delivery is woeful and the ball is cleared. The visitors work it back into the area and Jon Daly's header sails high and wide.

  117. 1254: 

    Dundee can be pleased with the start they have made. The home team certainly look up for it and are pressing forward with real vim and vigour.

  118. 1252: 

    Both players are back on the park as the ball fizzes around furiously, without any trouble in the penalty boxes.

  119. 1250: 

    An accidental collision sees Michael Gardyne and Iain Davidson in need of treatment. Both look very groggy but should be able to carry on...

  120. 1249: 

    A peep of the whistle from Iain Brines and the home team get us started.

  121. 1247: 

    The teams are out on the pitch and a packed Dens Park roars in anticipation of a derby cracker.

  122. 1244: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "Times have changes and you can't really get away with getting in a couple of slaps in nice and early."

    Slaps? Willie Miller? Surely not...

  123. 1242: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "That's what the derby is all about - you want to see hard tackles and fire in the belly - as long as you don't lose it mentally."

  124. 1238: 

    Roving reporter Spencey also spoke to Gary Harkins, who is cup-tied. The Dundee playmaker is backing his side to progress 2-1.

  125. 1236: 

    BBC Scotland reporter and leading man about town in Dundee, Jim Spence, grabbed a quick word with Johnny Russell. The striker has knocked in 20 goals for United this season and says he failed a fitness test this morning, explaining that he does not know the the extent of the problem yet.

    He also predicts a 3-0 win for his team-mates today.


    Martin, Renfrew via text: "I don't understand this "In your face/up for it" John Brown effect. Disrespectful to Barry Smith who I'm sure was able to install the same passion in the team."


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  127. 1233: 

    United have a newish boss as well and Jackie McNamara can be satisfied with the start he's made to life at Tannadice.

    His first game in charge was a comfortable 3-0 win over Rangers in the last round of the cup and he's had two wins, two draws and one defeat in the SPL since.

  128. 1230: 

    Of course, Dundee have a new manager and he is unbeaten. John Brown watched from the stand as Celtic thumped the Dee 5-0 but oversaw a 2-2 draw at home to St Johnstone in his first outing in the dugout.

    It's fair to say Brown's appointment on an interim basis was not met with universal approval. There was something of an angry clamour when the news was announced but there was no sign of protest from fans during the match against the Saints. "Bomber" is a pretty scary guy, so I'd think twice about knocking up the kind of bed-sheet banner Chelsea followers are so fond of waving.

  129. 1227: 

    Celtic and Falkirk progressed to the semi-finals yesterday, with wins at St Mirren and Hamilton, respectively. So far, so predictable.

    There's really nothing between Killie and Hibs, so it's down to Dundee to provide a cup upset. The Dark Blues have only won three games in the Scottish Premier League all season and are cast well adrift at the foot of the table, while the previous derbies this term have both ended in 3-0 victories for United.


    Scotland and Stoke star Charlie Adam on Twitter: "Dundee derby today a victory over united would be gd way to start my Sunday. The Derry in full voice today can't beat it."

    Charlie is a Dundee lad and started his football journey as a youth at Dens Park.

    SPLstats on Twitter: "Dundee have not beaten Dundee Utd in the Scottish Cup since February 1956 - a week after Elvis released 'Heartbreak Hotel'."


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  131. 1223: 
    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We know that they'll be pumped up for it. It's important that we play our normal game. If we go and play the way we can play, we'll win the match."

  132. 1222: 
    Dundee manager John Brown on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's a one-off game and a great chance to get to Hampden, which I've told the players doesn't happen all that often.

    "Whoever wants it most, is going to come out on top.

    "The squad has worked really hard. Davide Grassi is coming back and we're hoping his experience and ability in the air will help us combat the threat of Jon Daly."

  133. 1220: 

    Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, Toshney, Grassi, Easton, Riley, McAlister, Davidson, Conroy, Milne, John Baird. Subs: Alex Baird, McBride, Benedictus, Nish, Stewart.

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Watson, McLean, Dillon, Douglas, Armstrong, Flood, Rankin, Gardyne, Mackay-Steven, Daly. Subs: Banks, Ryan, Millar, Gauld, Souttar.

    Referee: Iain Brines

  134. 1219: 

    We are really spoiling you today. As well as this text offering, BBC Radio Scotland will be covering both matches in full, with online commentary available right here, and the game at Rugby Park is live on BBC One Scotland (from 14:40). That fixture will also be streamed on the website.

  135. 1217: 

    Dundee United top-scorer Johnny Russell has not recovered from his midweek injury and his place is taken by Stuart Armstrong.

    Declan Gallagher, the cup-tied Gary Harkins and Kyle Benedictus drop out of the Dundee team, with Davide Grassi, Brian Easton and Steven Milne coming in.

    Full team line-ups to follow...

  136. 1215: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Cup quarter-final coverage. Dundee are up against city rivals Dundee United and Kilmarnock and Hibernian meet at Rugby Park.

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