Scottish Cup final preview

Rangers hoping to bounce back from league disappointment

Minnows Queen of the South will be hoping to pull off a huge shock and deny Rangers a domestic cup double.

Walter Smith's flagging Rangers side will finally bring their long season to a close less than 48 hours after they lost at Aberdeen to miss out on the Scottish Premier League title.

Having also been beaten by Zenit St Petersburg in the Uefa Cup final, Rangers' only piece of silverware from this season remains the CIS Insurance Cup they won on penalties against Dundee United in March.

Rangers were hoping to win an historic quadruple just a few weeks ago but their gruelling schedule has taken its toll and the Hampden Park showpiece will be their fifth game in ten days and their ninth since the start of May.

Smith must assess the fitness of his players following the defeat to Aberdeen on Thursday but it is likely that he will make changes just to freshen things up.

Lee McCulloch is likely to be recalled in midfield, but Nacho Novo is suspended after being red carded for a reckless lunge on Stuart Duff.

Kris Boyd may replace Daniel Cousin up front, while goalkeeper Allan McGregor remains injured along with long-term absentees Steven Naismith and Chris Burke.

Same again for Queens

In contrast to Rangers, Queen of the South have not played for four weeks since their First Division campaign came to an end.

They avoided SPL opposition until they were pitted against Aberdeen in the semi-finals but they turned in a stunning performance to win 4-3 in a classic encounter.

Queen of the South manager Gordon Chisholm has no injury or suspension worries and is likely to select the same team and substitutes he picked against Aberdeen.

He will set his side out in a 4-4-2 formation with Stephen Dobbie partnering Sean O'Connor in attack.

Paul Burns adds youth to an experienced midfield while veterans Jim Thomson and Andy Aitken have formed a solid central defensive pairing.

Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, on loan from Hearts, will play his final game for Queens before returning to Tynecastle.