Scottish Cup final as it happened

Live text commentary as St Johnstone beat Dundee United 2-0 in the Scottish Cup final at Celtic Park.

17 May 2014 Last updated at 13:30

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As it happened

  1. 17:30: 

    That's it from me. Congratulations to St Johnstone - 2014 Scottish Cup winners. How good does that look Saintees?

    Thanks for all of your contributions and enjoy the party in Perth.

  2. 17:25: 
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara on BBC Radio Scotland

    "First of all we need to congratulate St Johnstone on winning the cup.

    "I'm very disappointed for the players but it just wasn't our day. There were thin margins with us hitting the post and bar.

    "But we didn't play like we can. There was no real tempo in parts and we fell short in our finishing."

  3. 17:22: 

    Former St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown on BBC Radio Scotland: "Perth has never been seen as a football city, so let's hope that's all changed now."

  4. 17:20: 

    Saints defender Steven Anderson nodded in the opening goal and he tells BBC Radio Scotland: "It's about time the club won something. There has always been great team spirit and now we have delivered on the good work we've done over the last few years."

  5. 17:18: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "That is the best I've seen St Johnstone play. Their work-rate was fantastic and they didn't allow United to settle at any stage. They dominated in midfield and were solid at the back."

  6. 17:15: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "I don't think Dundee United were at it today but St Johnstone were exceptional in every department. There were absolutely no failures. This is their moment, they thoroughly deserved to win."

  7. 17:11: 
    Scottish Cup winners 2014: St Johnstone
    Here we go! Skipper Dave McKay gets the Saints' party started. Here we go! Skipper Dave McKay gets the Saints' party started.
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    MBEHAN on Twitter: "Well done St Johnstone & Tommy Wright who has been through so much #bbcsportscot"

  9. 17:08: 

    Two players called Steven were on target for Saints but Stevie May was not able to add to his 27 goals for the season.

    He did have the ball in the net but he punched the ball after his close-range header was saved.

    "It was a hand ball but I thought it had already crossed the line," he admits on BBC Radio Scotland. "It was just a reaction thing.

    "I didn't believe in any of that 17 May stuff," he adds. "I'm just delighted we've managed to win the cup."

  10. 17:05: 

    St Johnstone's Chris Millar, who gave his jersey to a delighted young fan, on BBC Radio Scotland: "For us, it's something we'll never forget. I've been here six years and I'd be happy to stay a lot longer. It's such a great club."

  11. 17:03: 

    The trophy is out now and captain Dave McKay lifts it skyward amid an explosion of blue and white tickertape.

  12. 17:02: 

    Now we have the winners, as manager Tommy Wright leads his St Johnstone team onto the podium erected on the Celtic Park pitch.

  13. 17:00: 

    Dundee United players are trudging up to collect their runners-up medals. Jackie McNamara's side were nowhere near their best but they will look back at those two efforts that came off the frame of the goal.

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    Fergs Ferguson on Twitter: #bbcsportscot - great win for the mighty saints. Dont know what i am more excited about: being named a city or winning the cup."

    Jonathan H on Twitter: "How to sum up Dundee United today, makeshift at the back, lightweight up front #bbcsportscot #StJohnstone #ScottishCupFinal #DundeeUtd"

  15. 16:58: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "St Johnstone learning as they go along here in terms of celebrating a Scottish Cup final triumph! All the players are at the North stand, behind the goal where Steven MacLean notched Saints' second."

  16. 16:56: 
    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I'm proud of my players. What a day for St Johnstone. It's tremendous. I don't think anyone in football could begrudge this club."

  17. 16:53: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee Utd
    Tommy Wright is a happy man after winning the Scottish Cup in his first season at manager at St Johnstone. Tommy Wright is a happy man after winning the Scottish Cup in his first season at manager at St Johnstone.

    It's a first major trophy for the Perth side in their 130-year history.

  18. 16:52: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Another yellow card for United as Nadir Ciftci has a naughty kick at Steven Anderson.

  19. 16:50: 

    Frazer Wright gets across to make a vital block as the ball falls invitingly for United's Stuart Armstrong in front of goal. From the corner Brian Graham is left all alone and somehow heads wide at the near post. It's just not been United's day...

  20. 16:49: 
    YELLOW CARD

    We'll get three minutes of injury time as Gavin Gunning is cautioned for a frustrated hack at Chris Millar.

  21. 16:48: 

    There are a few dejected United fans heading for the exits as a series of St Johnstone passes are greeted with jubilant cries of ole from the supporters in blue.

  22. 16:47: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "In my humble opinion, there's been no-one more deserving of a goal today than Steven MacLean. He's worked tirelessly for others with his intelligent play. That's his 11th of the season.

    "Been very impressed at how much a 'release valve' MacLean is. Back to goal, always ready to hold up the ball and lay-off precisely as Saints try to clear their lines and move forward."

  23. 16:45: 

    Ryan Dow weaves his way across the face of the penalty area before aiming a shot on target but it sails straight at Saints keeper Alan Mannus.

  24. 16:42: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee Utd (MacLean)
    Steven MacLean

    Stevie May drives in from the left and his attempted pass takes a big deflection off a United player's knee and pings into the penalty area. Steven MacLean hares after it, sliding into a challenge with Radoslaw Cierzniak and as the ball comes loose the striker is quickest to react, hooking the ball into the net from a prone position.

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    Danny in Stirling: "totally agree with Kenny in regards to the atmosphere at celtic park being better than hampden, too far away from the pitch at hampden"

  26. 16:40: 
    CLOSE!

    Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci slaloms away from a couple of opponents and hammers in a low shot from 20 yards that skids inches wide.

  27. 16:39: 

    Brian Graham is in the thick of it straight away as St Johnstone start to sit deep. An ambitious long-range effort from Gavin Gunning lands at the substitute's feet and he takes a touch before curling a shot wide from 12 yards.

  28. 16:38: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright asks his assistant Callum Davidson to bark out how their defenders should re-organise themselves to deal with the extra United striker."

  29. 16:35: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    United withdraw defensive midfielder Paul Paton in favour of big target man Brian Graham.

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    Andrew Priestley on Twitter: "You just know that Stevie May is going to score this afternoon, so Dundee United will have to score at least twice. #bbcsportscot"

    Angus Swan on Twitter: "Best #ScottishCupFinal I've seen. End to end stuff, would be good to see the Saints win. #bbcsportscot"

  31. 16:34: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "There's absolutely no doubt Celtic Park beats Hampden hands down for atmosphere. The noise at this end-to-end match is brilliant. Scotland v Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers here should be magnificent."

  32. 16:32: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    St Johnstone introduce former Manchester City winger Lee Croft, with Michael O'Halloran making way.

  33. 16:30: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "St Johnstone are picking up almost every second ball. They are really handling this occasion well."

  34. 16:27: 

    Saints keeper Alan Mannus is out bravely to punch clear as Ryan Dow tries to get in a header. The loose ball falls to Keith Watson but the United full-back cannot keep his shot down.

  35. 16:25: 
    Here is the moment Stevie May decided to punch the ball in with his hand. Here is the moment Stevie May decided to punch the ball in with his hand.
  36. 16:22: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    United winger Gary Mackay-Steven is replaced by teenage midfielder Ryan Gauld. Can the mini-Messi make a difference?

  37. 16:20: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    United respond immediately as Andrew Robertson surges forward and his terrific shot draws an equally impressive save from Alan Mannus.

  38. 16:19: 

    Lovely footwork from Saints' David Wotherspoon as he waltzes into the penalty box but his powerful strike is straight at Radoslaw Cierzniak.

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    St Johnstone score

    Tom Watson on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot can I just say as a hibs fan, it's good to be enjoying a cup final once more."

    Rodrigo González B. on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot following the match and supporting Saints from Argentinean Patagonia #COYS"

  40. 16:15: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "When that ball went in the net the whole press box were bemused that it hadn't been called as handball immediately. Referee Craig Thomson appeared to give it, which meant Saints fans behind the goal went crazy; then disallow it, at which point the raucous activity shifted to the Tangerine end."

  41. 16:13: 

    It was an incredible save from Radoslaw Cierzniak to keep out Stevie May's first effort from close range but the striker didn't need to use a hand for the follow-up effort. He really should have doubled St Johnstone's lead.

  42. 16:11: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL

    St Johnstone have the ball in the net as Stevie May bundles the ball in with his hand. The striker is claiming his initial header had crossed the line but the assistant referee says no and May is booked for the offence after referee Craig Thomson appeared to signal for a goal.

  43. 16:10: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Paul Paton is the first United player to be cautioned for a hack at James Dunne.

  44. 16:08: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    United are denied by the lick of paint on the frame of the goal again as Nadir Ciftci's lovely, curling free kick clips the underside of the bar and somehow sticks to grounded goalkeeper Alan Mannus, who clutches the ball inches from the line.

  45. 16:07: 
    YELLOW CARD

    There are bodies strewn all over the park after a series of slide tackles. James Dunne picks up a booking for one of those ill-timed challenges and United have a free kick 22 yards out.

  46. 16:05: 

    John Rankin floats a pass over the top of the Saints defence but it takes a lively spring off the wet surface and even the speedy Andrew Robertson can't get keep the ball in play.

  47. 16:04: 
    KICK-OFF

    Dundee United get the second half started. Can Jackie McNamara's side find a way back?

  48. 16:03: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "In the second half both teams will shoot in the direction if their own fans. Can the Dundee United hoards suck the ball into a nervous Alan Mannus's net???"

    Our Kenny has ditched the exclamation marks in favour of question marks. So fickle...

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    Perry Johnstone on Twitter: "I'm a St Johnstone fan living down under and it's after midnight down here and I'm hitting refresh every 30 secs lol #bbcsportscot"

    Try and keep the noise down Perry, you'll wake the neighbours...

  50. 15:59: 

    What kind of response can we expect from Dundee United? Key players like Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven have been very quiet.

  51. 15:57: 

    "I've been very impressed with St Johnstone, they've been hungry for it and are good value for their lead," BBC Scotland's Tom English.

  52. 15:55: 
    Here it is! A picture of the opening goal from Steven Anderson. Here it is! A picture of the opening goal from Steven Anderson.

    Take a screen grab Saints fans...

  53. 15:53: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Honestly, if there's one man in the whole of Scottish football who's known for his back-post headers, surely it's St Johnstone's Steven Anderson! That's the fourth time he's netted like that this season. United should've known that and had him on a tight leash."

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    Gordie, Prestonpans: "why is Craig Thomson in charge of another cup final after the mess he made of it in 2012?"

  55. 15:48: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 1-0 Dundee Utd

    The fans in blue are celebrating at Celtic Park after that goal from Steven Anderson in first half injury-time. St Johnstone have looked the more assured side but United came closest to breaking the deadlock when Ryan Dow hit the inside of the post and were the stronger team in the closing stages of the opening 45 minutes.

  56. 15:47: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-0 Dundee Utd (Anderson)

    The Saints are ahead and it's down to a goalkeeping error. Radoslaw Cierzniak is caught in no man's land as he flaps at a David Wotherspoon corner and Steven Anderson is there at the back post to nod in from five yards.

  57. 15:45: 

    Dundee United win three corners in quick succession but fail to threaten Saints keeper Alan Mannus, who looks more composed now after a very jittery start.

  58. 15:43: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "As Chris Millar chips an unsuccessful pass forward, Saints striker Steven MacLean screams at the midfielder to keep it on the deck. That's where St Johnstone were getting joy early on."

  59. 15:40: 

    United left-back Andrew Robertson gallops forward to meet a long, diagonal ball into the penalty area. His first touch takes the ball over the head of Dave McKay but it floats into the arms of keeper Alan Mannus.

  60. 15:38: 
    It's been a full blooded first half so far, full of crunching tackles and goalmouth spills It's been a full blooded first half so far, full of crunching tackles and goalmouth spills. Will we get a goal before the break?
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    Dundee Utd v St Johnstone

    _Threadbare on Twitter: "This final is already much more exciting than the Europa League final! #BBCsportscot"

    Of course it is. These teams would hammer Sevilla and Benfica. Cough, cough...

  62. 15:34: 

    St Johnstone striker Stevie May is still struggling to find his range as he balloons a shot in the direction of row Z.

  63. 15:33: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    So close for United! Andrew Robertson pings in a delicious curling cross and Ryan Dow connects with the deftest of touches only to see the ball cannon off the inside of the post and back out across the face of goal before it's hacked clear.

  64. 15:31: 

    United defender Gavin Gunning finds room at the back post to meet a corner but cannot direct his header on target.

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    Gavin, Perth: "Is Ciftci a member of the Turkish national wrestling team? He is a disgrace and should be in the book by now."

  66. 15:28: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    A let-off for the Saints defence as James Dunne wildly slashes the ball against the arm of team-mate Frazer Wright inside the six yard box. United fans are screaming for a penalty but play goes on.

  67. 15:27: 

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller: "It's been a great performance from St Johnstone so far, with the exception of Alan Mannus who has looked a bit nervous."

  68. 15:24: 

    James Dunne upends United winger Gary Mackay-Steven with a late, late tackle but referee Craig Thomson allows play to go on and takes no action after Stuart Armstrong shoots well wide.

  69. 15:22: 

    Stevie May's free kick cannons off the defensive wall and David Wotherspoon shows good composure when gathering the loose ball to deceive an opponent but his low drive is blocked by Gavin Gunning and rebounds into the chest of United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

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    It's a rights issue, I'm afraid. The game is also being shown by a rival broadcaster.

  71. 15:19: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "James Dunne's only goal for St Johnstone this season came in the Scottish Cup fifth round... a scrappy one in the 4-0 thumping of Forfar, but that strike was sublime and showed up most of the press box who thought he was going to sky it."

  72. 15:15: 

    Radoslaw Cierzniak has to look lively again from the resulting corner to keep out an effort from Frazer Wright. The ball came off the shins of the Saints defender right in front of goal. A decent chance but I don't think he knew too much about it.

  73. 15:14: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Radoslaw Cierzniak throws up a hand to tip over a stinging volley from St Johnstone midfielder James Dunne. Great technique from the former Stevenage player from the edge of the box and a top drawer save.

  74. 15:13: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "As Stevie May whizzes the match's first shot on goal well wide of the target, it seems Saints have been linking up better going forward even though possession is fairly equal. Steven MacLean is rather useful with his lay-offs and flick-ons."

  75. 15:11: 
    Stevie May

    St Johnstone striker Stevie May has his first pop at goal but his shot from 25 yards is scuffed harmlessly wide. I'd guess that won't be his last effort from that sort of range.

  76. 15:10: 

    Saints forward Steven MacLean peels away from Andrew Robertson to gather a long, diagonal ball from Chris Millar but dithers on the ball and is quickly closed down by the United left-back.

  77. 15:08: 

    United have definitely had more touches on the ball but there is no discernible pattern yet, with the pace frantic.

  78. 15:06: 

    Alan Mannus is out of his area to head the ball clear. There was no real need for that. The Saints keeper maybe needs to take a big, deep breath and calm down.

  79. 15:05: 

    "The stewards at Celtic Park are taking far too much joy from stabbing all the stray balloons and beach balls with their pitch forks."

  80. 15:04: 

    Oops! A nervous fumble from Saints keeper Alan Mannus as he drops a cross from Ryan Dow. But there are no United players around to take advantage.

  81. 15:02: 

    Stevie May is roundly booed by the Dundee United fans on his first touch but the St Johnstone striker pays no heed and almost slips a great ball through to David Wotherspoon - it's just a yard ahead of the midfielder.

  82. 15:01: 
    KICK-OFF

    A peep of the whistle from Craig Thomson and St Johnstone get the game started...

  83. 14:58: 

    The teams are on the pitch now, led out by managers Tommy Wright and Jackie McNamara. We have fireworks and the now-obligatory card displays from both sets of fans.

  84. 14:55: 

    Craig Thomson is today's referee. The 41-year-old was in charge for the Scottish Cup finals in 2009 and 2012.

  85. 14:53: 
    Prediction time for the Beeb pundits

    Tom English: "I'm going for Saints by a goal. They are defensively strong and they have a match-winner in Stevie May."

    Willie Miller: "It's really hard to call. The weakest part of the United team is the back four but their front four has great fire power which is why I'm going for them - by a whisker."

    Billy Dodds: "I wouldn't be surprised if this went to penalties or extra time but I just have a feeling that this is St Johnstone's time."

  86. 14:50: 

    The big floaty banners with the club crests rise from the Celtic Park pitch and the noise cranks up again. Not long to go now...

  87. 14:46: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "St Johnstone's team line-up has just been read out over the tannoy and I kid you not, Stevie May's name claimed about 20 decibels more volume than the rest!"

    Our Kenny is fond of an exclamation mark. What's he going to be like when we get a goal or two?

  88. 14:44: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "The Dundee United players have just finished a shooting drill from the edge of the box... Brian Graham... wide... Stuart Armstrong... goal... Paul Paton... chipped over... Ryan Gauld... saved... Ryan Dow... goal... Brian Graham again... underside of the bar! Great drama and we've not even started!"

  89. 14:42: 

    Former St Johnstone and Dundee United midfielder Allan Preston on BBC One Scotland: "I'm sure David Wotherspoon and Dave McKay will have their work cut out tracking Dundee United full-back Andrew Robertson. But they've done it successfully before this season."

  90. 14:40: 
    A May Day date with destiny?

    May wears the number 17, so 17 May is being seen as good omen by Saints fans. Is it written in the stars that the 21-year-old will hit the winner today?

    Football players and fans are a notoriously superstitious bunch. Have you got your lucky pants on today? Do you have any odd pre-match rituals that you would care to share with us? Take to Twitter and use the hashtag #bbcsportscot.

  91. 14:37: 
    Stevie May And that brings us nicely to Saints' main goal threat.

    He may look like a roadie for Iron Maiden, but Stevie May packs more punch than a Nicko McBrain drum solo. The striker has banged in 27 goals this season, with five of those coming against United.

    May enjoyed prolific spells on loan at Alloa and Hamilton before getting his chance under Wright and the 21-year-old is now one of the hottest properties in the Scottish game.

  92. 14:35: 

    United appealed against the suspension in time for McNamara to sit in the dugout for the 3-1 semi-final win over Rangers at Ibrox before mysteriously (or not) withdrawing their protest.

    St Johnstone came from behind against Aberdeen to reach the final, with Stevie May banging in both of their goals.

  93. 14:33: 

    Having said that, he certainly didn't look too soft when engaging in a bit of argy-bargy with opposite number Jackie McNamara earlier this season. Both bosses were sent packing by referee Crawford Allan after a furious bust-up at Tannadice in March. The Saints manager took exception to what he called a verbal "cheap shot" from McNamara.

    The men were quick to make up but, having had previous form, McNamara was hit with a five-match ban, two of which are suspended until the end of next season, for his part in the spat, while Wright received a one-match ban, suspended until the end of 2014.

  94. 14:31: 

    The 50-year-old Wright is a former Nothern Ireland goalkeeper and had spells at Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City in a long but often injury-interrupted career. He cuts an imposing figure as he prowls the touchline and has something of the air of a grumpy uncle who is a secret soft touch.

  95. 14:29: 

    As all of you Harry Hole fans will know, today is Independence Day in Norway. And that was where Tommy Wright first served notice that he might be quite handy at this managerial malarky.

    Saints stunned Rosenborg at the Lerkendal Stadion last July and completed a famous European victory before reaching the last four in the League Cup and finishing sixth in the Premiership. Now a Scottish Cup win would be a fine way to cap an impressive debut season in the dugout.

  96. 14:26: 

    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara is no stranger to today's venue, having served Celtic for a decade. The former Scotland defender cut his managerial teeth with Partick Thistle and likes his teams to get on the front front - and quickly.

    He has assembled a young and talented squad at Tannadice and when they are hot they are a real handful, although they have had a few off days along the way.

  97. 14:23: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Interesting to observe the two teams' varying pre-match warm-up routines. St Johnstone have opted to get the ball out straight away and ping it about the slick turf. Dundee United, meanwhile, are still working their way through a series of weird and wonderful stretches and running drills. It's all in the detail!"

  98. 14:20: 
    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara on BBC One Scotland
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara "We just hope the boys can go and share what they're capable of.

    "The support we have taken down here, we want to send them home happy. Today's what's important, it's what it's all about. Everybody's got a part to play."

  99. 14:17: 

    Sean Dillon, Keith Watson and Morgaro Gomis all featured in United's 2010 cup winning team.

    United's substitute full-back Mark Wilson has got a cup final goal and two winners medals to his name with Celtic

    Steve Banks is another player aiming for a hat-trick of winners medals but he hasn't even touched a ball, since the veteran St Johnstone keeper / coach was also on the bench for Hearts in 2006 and United in 2010.

  100. 14:14: 

    It's good to see David Wotherspoon in the Saints line-up. The midfielder has a remarkable record of winning 11 Scottish Cup ties in a row but was left out of the last two finals by former club Hibs.

    "David's been an outstanding signing for us," manager Tommy Wright told the BBC earlier this week. "A creative force who just needed to be loved again. He needed an arm around his shoulder."

  101. 14:11: 
    LINE-UPS AT CELTIC PARK

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Wright, Anderson, Easton, Millar, MacLean, Wotherspoon, Dunne, O'Halloran, May. Subs: Banks, Cregg, McDonald, Hasselbaink, Miller, Croft, Iwelumo.

    Dundee United: Cierzniak, Dillon, Watson, Gunning, Robertson, Paton, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Armstrong, Dow, Ciftci. Subs: McCallum, Wilson, Souttar, Gomis, Gauld, Graham, El Alagui.

  102. 14:08: 
    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright on BBC One Scotland
    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright "We're glad the game's now ready to go because there has been a lot of hype.

    "Now we're ready to go. The build-up has been good, but it has been long. We've got to make sure were focused from the first whistle. If we do that I think we can win the cup."

  103. 14:04: 
    St Johnstone duo Lee Croft and Stevie May pose for a cup final "selfie". St Johnstone duo Lee Croft and Stevie May pose for a cup final "selfie".
  104. 14:02: 

    Dundee United teenagers Ryan Gauld and John Souttar have attracted rave reviews this season but both are on the bench today.

    Full team lines to follow soon...

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    SPLstats on Twitter: "6 of the last 7 sides to reach their first Scottish Cup final have suffered defeat. Dunfermline (1960/61) were the only exception."

  106. 13:55: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Nice bit of multi-tasking by Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci as he completes his pre-match Celtic Park surface survey.... Reading the match programme while walking down the tunnel and listening to music on an outrageous big pair of headphones! What will be on his play-list? Brit-pop or Turkish rock?"

  107. 13:53: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence grabs a quick word with Olympic curling star Eve Muirhead, who will be cheering on the Saints.

    "It would be huge for Perth (if St Johnstone win). The city has been absolutely buzzing. I've seen them win a few times this season so hopefully I'm a lucky charm. Keeping to the same routines always helped us as a team and I'm sure it's been the same for the Saints lads."

  108. 13:49: 

    Picking a winner for this one is very tricky. Each side has managed just one win in five since reaching the final. United finished two places and five points ahead of St Johnstone in the league, but the Perth side have won three of their four meetings this season.

  109. 13:44: 

    I've got my cup final suit on, with a fresh carnation in the button hole, but what's happened with the weather? It's always sunny of cup final day but it's rather drab and wet.

  110. 13:40: 
    Those arriving early are certainly enjoying themselves. Those arriving early are certainly enjoying themselves.
    Dundee United fans And the east end of Glasgow can expect a riot of colour and noise with United shifting around 28,000 tickets and 15,000 or so Saintees making their way to the game.
  111. 13:37: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence has tracked down Dundee United's number one celebrity fan Lorraine Kelly.

    "I've got my lucky shoes on from when we won four years ago," she tells us. I hope they go with her fine tangerine trench coat.

    On the youthful United team, she adds: "Nothing frightens our babies. We're all scared but they won't be."

  112. 13:35: 

    For those fans having a jar or two before the game, please remember the venue is Celtic Park since Hampden Park is getting an athletics make-over for the Commonwealth Games.

  113. 13:32: 

    St Johnstone are making their first Scottish Cup final appearance as they aim to win the first major trophy in their 130-year history.

    Dundee United are relative upstarts, having been established in 1909 and not adopting their current name until 1923. However, they have enjoyed a lot more cup success than their Tayside rivals, winning the League Cup twice and lifting the Scottish Cup for a second time in 2010.

    United have also known more than their fair share of heartache in this tournament, finishing with runners-up medals on seven occasions.

  114. 13:30: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Cup final coverage. It's a Tayside takeover in Glasgow, with the ribbons of St Johnstone and Dundee United adorning the oldest trophy in world football.

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