Take It From One Who Knows
Craig Beattie wants his tean mates to earn some of their own cup winning memories
Craig Beattie returns to Hampden on Sunday hoping to help his side reach the Scottish Cup final. This time around, his team is Hearts and he will be facing his old side Celtic. Beattie picked up a winner's medal with the Parkhead side in 2007 and now wants to help his young Hearts' team-mates enjoy that winning feeling. The former Swansea striker knows the chance to play in a cup final does not come around very often. He said: "It's time for big players with big shoulders to step up and really perform. It's going to be a big day for a lot of the young lads. We'll be telling them what to expect and trying to help them prepare. I'll be telling the lads to go out, enjoy every minute and make the most of it." Beattie has been playing recently despite bone bruising to his heel and wants to play his part in Sunday's meeting with Celtic. He went on: "The game's big enough but the fact it is against my former club will be a great occasion. I certainly only want one outcome. We've got a realistic chance to win the Scottish Cup and we're pushing up the league as high as we can go for a European place. We've got every chance. It's in our hands. Celtic or Rangers are always going to be favourites. Most of the pressure's going to be on them, but we have our own expectations to try to make sure we get to the final. If it was to turn out an Edinburgh derby in the Scottish Cup final it would be fantastic." Hearts last won the cup in 2006 and Rudi Skacel is the only surviving member of the squad on that day in the sun. Winger Andrew Driver was on the fringes of the first team back then and knows how rare the opportunity for silverware is. Driver said: "That was a special season. I was on the fringes of the first team and it was something I got to experience a little bit. Some people play football their whole career and don't get that opportunity. Now we're getting pretty close to it it's something you don't want to let go. It's massive for the club."
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