‘If they win they’ll be legends’: stakes high for Hearts in Scottish Cup final

Victory against Rangers could provide a gamechanging financial boost and cement players in club historyHearts had more cause than would be customary to revel in Scottish Cup semi-final success over their city rivals, Hibs. The securing of a place in the Europa League playoff round means guaranteed European group stage football, if perhaps in the Conference League, next season. With that comes a financial boost loosely estimated at £5m and widely categorised as a game changer.The mistake, however, would be in assuming Hearts have any interest in parading balance sheets. Saturday’s meeting with Rangers provides opportunity to win the Scottish Cup for only the ninth time in a club history hurtling towards 150 years.