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'No Hoops Cup hoodoo'

CELTIC skipper Scott Brown believes any hopes Hibs harboured of a Celtic Hampden hoodoo ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup final ended when the Hoops beat Dundee United in the semi-final.

The Parkhead side had lost the Scottish Communities League Cup final to Kilmarnock, the Scottish Cup semi-final to Hearts, and the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final to St Mirren in their previous three appearances at the national stadium before they met United last month. After a thrilling match went to extra-time, Celtic emerged 4-3 winners to set up meeting with Pat Fenlon's side at the weekend.

The Parkhead skipper acknowledged that Celtic's Hampden form had been less than impressive but insists they are back on track.

He said. "I agree with that (Hampden form had been sticky) in the last season and especially the semi-final against St Mirren but what the lads did against Dundee United here in the semi-final was incredible.

"So it shows that we can win here if we really focus and put our heads towards it. If we could win the cup it would be huge for us."