Monday 16 July 2018

Video: Hibs star attempts Panenka in Scottish Cup semi-final and fails miserably

Hibs' Jason Cummings misses a penalty
Hibs' Jason Cummings misses a penalty

It is inexcusable when a player tries a cheeky Panenka penalty and misses during any game of football - to do so in a Cup semi-final brings it to a whole new level.

That is exactly what Hibs' Jason Cummings has done at Hampden Park today in his side's Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United with the scores locked level at 0-0.

Cummings took the ball and placed it on the spot during the first half as he attempted to give his side a vital lead but what he did next has led to him being panned on social media.

The winners of Hibs and Dundee will meet either Celtic or Rangers in the final with the Old Firm meeting tomorrow.

Ronny Deila wants Celtic to grab a William Hill Scottish Cup final spot at the second time of asking when the Hoops take on their fierce rivals.

The Norwegian was denied a domestic treble last season - his first as Parkhead manager - when his side faltered at the last-four stage of the competition with goalkeeper Craig Gordon sent off in a 3-2 defeat by Inverness, a game in which also saw the Hoops controversially denied a strong penalty claim.

Celtic, top of the Ladbrokes Premiership and heading for their fifth title, get the chance against their traditional rivals to reach another Scottish Cup final although the treble is not possible after defeat in the League Cup semi-final by Ross County.

Deila, though, wants to return to the national stadium for the showpiece finale next month.

The former Stromsgodset boss, who will give Erik Sviatchenko a fitness test on Sunday morning to see if the Danish defender has recovered fully from his thigh injury, said: "That was a special day last year, it was a day that we will never forget. It was a big chance that was taken away from us.

"Now we have a new opportunity to reach the final and that is what we really want.

"It means a lot to the players, the fans and the whole club as well so we are going to be ready.

"It is the fourth time in a semi-final and the Scottish Cup is a cup we haven't won in my time.

"I am really excited and looking forward to the game."

Celtic comfortably beat Rangers 2-0 in their League Cup semi-final meeting last season in what was Deila's first Old Firm game as boss.

Since then the Light Blues, under Mark Warburton, have won the Championship to clinch a return to the top flight.

Deila is excited about the prospect of another big Glasgow derby before normal hostilities resume in the league next season.

"You don't have to come here to understand that rivalry," he said.

"I have seen it many times on television and heard about it. But when you are into it you see that it is even more than you see when you are outside.

"It was a big occasion and the atmosphere was unbelievable.

"Scottish football is at its best when you have Champions League nights and games like this.

"Rangers are very clear in the style they play, we are clear how we play so there is nothing new coming up.

"They are playing a totally different way now. Almost every game they have 70 per cent possession and we have 65 per cent so both teams are used to having the ball so we will see on Sunday who has control.

"I think the team who can defend very well and keep the ball at the same time, has the best chance to win it."

Deila, however, is glad the long build-up to the match is nearing its end.

"Last year was the same," he said. "I think we were drawn against Rangers in November and I didn't hear about any other games until we played them in February.

"It has been similar this year. The players have been used to it and the club are obviously very used to it. We are really looking forward to the game."

Additional reporting by PA

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