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Doonhamers - the players in profile

SCOTTISH CUP FINAL
Venue: Hampden Park Date: Sat 24 May Kick-off: 1500 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC 1 Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland, full text coverage on BBC Sport website


Queen of the South make their first-ever Scottish Cup Final appearance in ther 98-year existence on Saturday.

Everyone knows all about their opponents, Rangers.

Here Queens coach and BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds tells us everything you ever needed to know - and more - about the Doonhamers men.

Some of his players might wish he hadn't.

JAMIE MACDONALD: Goalkeeper, 22, previous club - Hearts

Jamie MacDonald

Jamie's your typical daft goalie!

But he's a good lad - and a great shot-stopper who's getting better with age.

I can only see him pushing on in the next couple of years.

Although he'll need need to sort out his atrocious dress-sense.

RYAN MCCANN: Midfielder, 26, previous club - Hartlepool

Ryan McCann
We call him Tourettes. He's always moaning at training if he's losing.

If you don't know what he looks like, just watch out for the one with the black eye.

He came into training the other day saying he'd been hit by a club while out golfing.

He's got great ability and ambition to play at a higher level.

JIM THOMSON: Defender, 36, previous club - Arbroath

Jim Thomson
The way he plays in training is so laughable that you think, 'how can this guy be a footballer?'

But, in 90 minutes on a matchday, his game really comes together.

He's 37 now, but he still kept himself in shape and has an amazing physique.

Jim's a really honest professional and a great leader.

He deserves success on Saturday.

ANDY AITKEN: Defender, 30, previous club - Gretna

Andy Aitken
Daft as a brush, but big Andy's another nice lad.

He's so enthusiastic and energetic, with good pace.

Sometimes you've got to hold him back from bombing down the left wing and remind him to be a defender first.

But he's grasping what's required and coming on to a good game.

BOB HARRIS: Defender, 21, previous club - Clyde

Bob Harris
Bob's been a great buy for the club.

I worked with him at Clyde and had a big hand in taking him to Palmerston.

He didn't settle at first, but now he's one of the first names on the team sheet.

He's hard as nails too - powerful in the air, strong in the 50-50 tackles.

A really consistent player who could play at a higher level.

Bob's also a big Rangers fan, but I'm sure that'll count for nothing at Hampden.

PAUL BURNS: Midfielder, 24

Paul Burns
He's got so much to offer and is another with a great chance of going further in the game.

He only looks like he weighs about three stones! But he gets up and down the park tirelessly.

Maybe he needs a wee bit more experience to know when to sit back.

Before the semi-final, the boys gave him a nappy as they all thought he was nervous.

But, bold as brass, he went into the shower room and appeared a couple of minutes later - wearing only the nappy!

NEIL MACFARLANE: Midfielder, 30, previous club - Gretna

MacFarlane Simpson
He gets teased with the nickname Homer Simpson, because of his bald head.

He's a good lad, and a great pro though, and takes it all in good spirits.

Neil is excellent at the unglamorous side of the game, but he's so influential.

He breaks up the attacks in midfield and stops the other team playing.

I thought he was the man-of-the-match against Aberdeen.

STEVIE TOSH: Midfielder, 34, previous club - Gretna

Tosh and Smeaton
Tosher's been about and played in the final with Gretna.

We call him Smeato - and it's easy to see why!

Stevie's so valuable to the squad and you'll be hard pushed to find a more intelligent player.

He keeps the ball, uses it well, and demands a lot from the rest of the boys.

JAMIE MCQUILKEN: Defender 33, previous club - Gretna

Jamie McQuilken
Age is showing on Jamma - he's losing his hair - but he's another seasoned pro.

He's as fit as a fiddle and always at the front in training.

He also a member of the losing Gretna side of 2006.

He's relishing this final and desperate to make amends.

SEAN O'CONNOR: Striker, 26, previous club - Morecombe
Sean O'Connor
Big Sheep's Head. Just have a look at his hair.

Sean was coming through at Dundee United when I was there.

He's got a bit of a chandelier body as he often picks up injuries.

But he's one of the best target men in the First Division.

He doesn't score that many goals for a forward, but he can hold the ball up and lay it off.

STEPHEN DOBBIE: Striker, 25, previous club - St Johnstone
Stephen Dobbie
He thinks he's never wrong - a bit like me!

And he weighs about 40 stones!

Seriously, though, Stephen has got everything and could easily play in the SPL.

He's one of the best finishers I've worked with.

He's so sharp - and a quick-thinker. If only he could become a bit more mobile.

But he's got so much to offer and will always get you goals.

JOHN STEWART: Striker, 22, previous club - Falkirk
John Stewart
He's been at a few clubs, but sometimes I forget he's still only 22.

I look at him and think he's about 42!

But he's been a great acquisition and has fitted in to the squad really well.

He always listens to what you have to say and is eager to learn - that's something that's really important.

And he has electric pace that can hurt defences.

Although it wouldn't hurt him if Dobbs could give him half of his weight.

SCOTT ROBERTSON: Midfielder, 20
Scott Robertson
Another young bo who's building up experience in the centre of midfield.

When managers look for new players they don't ask what kind of brain he's got or how good he looks.

They want to know if they'll get 100% and if he has the legs to run for 90 minutes and more.

Scott fits the bill and he has every attribute needed to progress.

He's also the most popular guy in the squad because his uncle gave everyone a pair of designer sunglasses before the semi-final.

JIM LAUCHLAN: Defender, 31, previous club - Ross County
Jim Lauchlan
He's brilliant and just great to have around.

We were team-mates at Dundee United and he reminds me of Paul McGrath.

He drives people on and is a good motivator.

We'll be looking for a pre-match meal at the sandwich shop he's opened up with his wife in Glasgow's Tollcross.

BRIAN GILMOUR: Midfielder, 21, previous club - Clyde
Brian Gilmour
He's a bit like Dobbs in that he could possibly work a little harder.

However, few have more ability than Brian Gilmour.

We joke that he's an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate factory.

But he's an architect that could break Rangers down if he's at his best.


  • Listen to Billy Dodds and the other football pundits on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme seven days per week.

    Billy Dodds was speaking to BBC Sport's David McDaid


  • see also
    Chisholm relishing Hampden final
    22 May 08 |  Queen of the South
    Who are Queen of the South?
    21 May 08 |  Queen of the South
    Queens aim to be sharp for final
    20 May 08 |  Queen of the South
    Queen of the South 4-3 Aberdeen
    12 Apr 08 |  Scottish Cups
    Scottish Cup final photo gallery
    20 May 08 |  Scottish Premier


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