Ivan Sproule aims to end hoodoo for himself and Hibs

Sproule will be playing in his fourth Scottish Cup semi-final with Hibs
Sproule will be playing in his fourth Scottish Cup semi-final with Hibs

Ivan Sproule hopes he can help Hibernian end their 110-year wait for success in the Scottish Cup by breaking his own hoodoo in the competition.

During the winger's first spell at Easter Road, Sproule reached the last four in three straight seasons but never made a final.

"It's a monkey I'm looking to shake off my shoulder very quickly," he said.

"Bad memories all round, but it's something that I can put to bed on Saturday."

Sproule was part of the 2007 League Cup-winning side but lost in the last four of the Scottish Cup against Dundee United, Dunfermline Athletic and Hearts - a match in which he was sent off.

And he struggles to comprehend how Hibs have failed to win the competition in so long.

"You think about all the fantastic players and legends that Hibs have had and it just amazes me how they've never got their hands on the trophy," he said.

"That has to be a big incentive for our dressing-room on Saturday.

"We could do it probably for all those people that have missed out.

"That's the chance that we've got. It's 50-50 on Saturday between ourselves and Aberdeen.

"They'll fancy themselves, but we've got every much a right to get to a final as they do."

Hibs have been struggling against relegation but have opened up a seven-point gap on Dunfermline having recruited eight players on loan, most of them during Pat Fenlon's first transfer window as manager in January.

"There will probably be statues of every one of them outside the ground if they did it," Sproule said of a possible Cup final triumph.

"That's the chance that they've got and that's the beauty of football.

"We've had a horrible season, but it could end on a real high.

"We're still trying to fight our way to survival. Hopefully we're putting ourselves in a good position to do that now.

"Also we could end up in a cup final and, if Celtic make it, that means you get into Europe.

"But, more importantly, it's for us to shake that hoodoo off our back and actually go and win the cup."

It is possible the 19 May final could be an Edinburgh derby if both capital sides successfully negotiate their semi-final ties this weekend.

However, Sproule added: "I would take anybody in the final. Once you get to a final it's anybody's game."