Hearts Scottish Cup legend Craig Beattie has admitted that he is constantly reminded of his celebration against Celtic in the 2012 cup semi-final.

His injury-time goal won the game 2-1 for Hearts. After scoring his goal he took his shirt off and ran behind the goal to the Hearts support.

Beattie, who played for both Celtic and Hearts, hears about the celebration almost every day.

“I managed to pop up with a last-minute winner and then the crazy celebration” he said, as revealed by the Evening Express.

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“Forever on the tips of people’s tongues”

“I don’t think I’ll ever allow that to be forgotten about. Kids at my work, people in the street or guys I’ve just met, it’s forever on the tips of people’s tongues.”

Hearts went on to win the Scottish Cup that year, defeating Edinburgh rivals Hibs 5-1 in the final.

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Player with similar coolness must emerge

If Hearts are to repeat the success that cup success, they will need a player with the coolness of Beattie.

He could have panicked when facing the injury time penalty. But he kept his composure and hammered the ball into the net.

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Should Hearts have a player with kind of determination in their ranks at Hampden park, they could well pull off a cup shock.

Beattie’s goal and celebration is proof that the cup sometimes throws up unexpected heroes, who could be Hearts’ this Saturday? Only time will tell.

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