Aberdeen goalscorer Ryan Christie could be forgiven for wanting Rangers to reach the Scottish Cup final as a Celtic victory would rule him out of the showpiece.
Christie is on loan from the Ladbrokes Premiership champions, meaning he would be not be allowed to feature in the final should Celtic edge out their Old Firm rivals.
Following the Dons’ 3-2 win against Hibernian, Christie told Sky Sports 1: ” First things first, I just wanted to help Aberdeen to get to a Scottish Cup final and see where it went from there, so I’ve done that today and I’m absolutely elated.”
Christie took Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano by surprise to put Aberdeen 2-0 up at Hampden and seemingly set Derek McInnes’ men on the way to a comfortable victory.
“I’m giving the assist to Adam Rooney, he was the one who came over and told me to have a look at it,” added the Dons midfielder.
But Hibs came from two goals down to level the tie, only for a deflected Jonny Hayes strike to break their hearts.
“Conceding a goal before half-time didn’t help and then in the second half we were always up against it,” said Christie. “But the gaffer made changes and they seemed to work and obviously Jonny at the end was really positive and took the shot on and luckily it went in.”
Hayes has been told to be more positive by McInnes and was delighted to see it pay off.
“To get to the final, you can see what it means to a lot of people,” Hayes said.
“The second half we probably didn’t do ourselves justice but we came up against one of the best sides in the country and thankfully a wicked deflection has got us into the final and given us a chance to get back here.
“The manager is always on my case about trying to be positive, even when things aren’t going your way, try and create something and if you don’t shoot you don’t score and we had that little bit of luck we needed.”
Hibernian boss Neil Lennon, whose side have already secured promotion back to the Premiership for next season, was asked what he made of the game to which he replied: “Rubbish…pathetic giving three goals away.
“You can’t do that in a semi-final. We got it back to 2-2 playing the football I expected. I don’t go for the gallant loser story, it just doesn’t wash with me, not good enough.
“They got a huge slice of luck for the third goal, I can accept that, but the first two goals are unacceptable at any level of the game.”
Aberdeen found themselves behind after just 13 seconds when a mix-up in the Hibs defence allowed Adam Rooney to score, and Lennon admitted that proved costly.
“You can’t legislate for a centre-half playing a square ball to a centre forward and you can’t legislate for breaking the wall and letting a free-kick go in at the near post, so tactically the game goes out of the window. It’s decision-making,” he added.
“They need to look at themselves, it’s a semi-final, you need to play for 90 minutes or 120 minutes, not 60.”