Hibernian captain David Gray says the build-up to their latest William Hill Scottish Cup campaign has been different after ending the club’s long wait for the trophy.
Gray’s late header against Rangers at Hampden in May ensured the Scottish Cup went back to Easter Road for the first time since 1902 and ended the persistent talk of a hoodoo.
With the burden lifted, Gray and his team-mates go into their fifth-round derby against Hearts at Tynecastle in confident mood.
Hibs’ recent Scottish Cup record now looks impressive when viewed in light of their 3-2 triumph over Rangers. That was their third final in five years and they also lost in a semi-final during that period.
Gray told Hibs TV: “I think it’s different. Obviously it took 114 years before getting it but from a player’s point of view, this is my third attempt at the Scottish Cup. The first year we got beat in the semis and the second year we won it.
“So we know we are capable of doing it. This squad of players are confident that we can retain the trophy.
“That’s got to be the mindset. It’s ours to lose at the minute and we need to do everything we possibly can to keep hold of it.”