Winger Anthony McDonald has admitted that he’s “gutted” to be missing this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden as his loan club Inverness Caley Thistle take on parent club Hearts.

McDonald joined the Jags in January from the Jambos and will be forced to watch from the sidelines as the two do battle at Hampden on Saturday.

9th March 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Hibernian versus Heart of Midlothian; Anthony McDonald of Hearts gets hold of Paul Hanlon of Hibernian

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The winger admitted that he had a feeling the two would be drawn together after watching Hearts vanquish Partick in the previous round.

“I was watching the Hearts game against Partick, and I watched the draw after it,” McDonald told the Press and Journal.

17th December 2017, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Hearts versus Celtic; Dedryck Boyata slides in on Anthony McDonald

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“I was sitting with my Dad, and I just said ‘watch this – we are getting Hearts here.’ As soon as it came on I was gutted.

“It’s just one of those things though, it happens. I’ll just go to the game and see what happens.”

A groin injury has limited McDonald’s playing time under John Robertson at Inverness as they push for a playoff spot in the Championship and a place in the Scottish Cup final.

10th February 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football 5th round, Hearts versus St Johnstone; Anthony McDonald of Hearts gets past Scott Tanser of St Johnstone

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The teenager has been limited to three starts and four appearances from the bench, making his return from a groin injury in the recent 2-1 Highland derby loss to Ross County.

While McDonald will rightly be gutted to miss out this time around, at 18 there will surely be more opportunities to come in his career.

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