Football: Hearts face cup test

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HEART of Midlothioan, the Scottish Cup 'bridesmaids', stand between Rangers and their dream of the treble of league and both cups at Parkhead today. They take on the Premier League's runaway leaders in the semi- finals, hoping to improve on their record of winning only one of the five semi-finals they have contested in the last eight years.

Hearts' main pre-match worry concerned Derek Ferguson, who has had flu. Rangers also have one problem, winger Pieter Huistra has a foot injury.

In the other semi-final at Tynecastle Park, Hibernian have injury worries over Murdo MacLeod, Gordon Hunter and Neil Orr.

Aberdeen welcome back Brian Irvine to their squad after a two-game suspension.

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