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Milne aims for Saints cup shock

Steven Milne
Milne aims to fire St Johnstone into the Scottish Cup final

St Johnstone striker Steven Milne says his side can beat Rangers in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

Queen of the South await the winners of Sunday's encounter and Milne said Saints were in confident mood.

St Johnstone beat the Ibrox club 2-0 in last season's CIS Cup quarter-finals to shock Paul Le Guen's side.

"It was a great night for me and the club but it was a long time ago now," Milne told the club website. "Rangers are unrecognisable from that side."

Milne scored in Saints' CIS Cup victory when Le Guen was in still charge at Rangers.

The sides meet again at Hampden on Sunday, but Milne said Rangers were a far different proposition under new manager Walter Smith.

"They are going for what would be a remarkable set of four trophies this season and they'll be determined not to be shocked by the underdogs the way Aberdeen were on Saturday," Milne said.

"A number of the players who played in the League Cup and Scottish Cup semi-finals last season are still here.

"And we have to use that experience to good effect on Sunday. "

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Milne said it would be good for the supporters of First Division football to have two sides from the division contest the Scottish Cup final.

"Queen of the South have done brilliantly to get to the final and it would be great to make it an all-First Division final.

"You only have to look to England where none of the top clubs has been involved in the FA Cup semi-finals to see that it's a season for the less-fancied teams.

"There is no reason why we can't emulate Portsmouth, Cardiff or Queen of the South."




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