Football: Laudrup on mission

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Brian Laudrup yesterday set his sights on emulating the Double dream of his Danish international colleague Peter Schmeichel.

The Manchester United goalkeeper danced round Wembley last Saturday after adding another FA Cup medal to the Premiership title won by Alex Ferguson's Old Trafford untouchables. Now Laudrup wants to savour the same winning feeling on Saturday at Hampden as the champions, Rangers, seek to break Hearts and claim the Scottish Cup.

"I've not spoken to Peter since he won the Double at the weekend but it was a superb achievement by Manchester United," Laudrup said. "No doubt he will be mentioning it as soon as we get together on international duty for Euro 96 so it would be fantastic to keep up with him.

"The FA Cup final has worldwide recognition but the Scottish final has a lot of tradition attached to it - the competition is over 100 years old and Saturday will be a great occasion."

Laudrup would love to claim a second cup winner's medal after a superb career in Denmark, Germany, Italy and now Scotland. "I was in two finals with Brondby in Denmark, winning one and losing the other so it is nice to have another chance," he said

He is looking forward to gracing Hampden again where he has scored twice for Rangers in two seasons. Laudrup scored in a 3-1 league win over Celtic last season and then got the winner in this year's Cup semi-final win, also against Celtic.

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