Hearts play one of the Old Firm in the Scottish Cup final. They’re able to call upon an Austrian that is key to the team. Where have Jambos heard that before? This isn’t about Thomas Flögel and Hearts trying to end their 42 year wait for the Scottish Cup.

Instead, it’s 2019 and Peter Haring is in contention to start against Celtic at Hampden after all.

Austrian link?

Thomas Flögel won the Scottish Cup with the Jambos in 1998 after arriving from Austria Wien. One capital club to another, he arrived in Edinburgh in 1997. Over 100 appearances in maroon followed, and the man that brought him to Scotland exclusively told NTOF that Flögel had nothing to do with the signing of another Austrian linchpin.

Thanks to the 1998 Scottish Cup win, Flögel and teammates became Hearts legends. Mandatory Credit: Michael Steele /Allsport

“I though Thomas maybe had something to do with that (Haring signing). But I spoke to Thomas at our reunion this year for the ’98 cup win and he said no,”  Jim Jefferies told NTOF.

“I thought the Austrian connection meant Thomas might have had something to do with it but it wasn’t. Thomas actually didn’t know a lot about him but he’s done well for Hearts.”

Flögel was Jefferies’ “most gifted” player

“Craig’s decided to play him as a midfield player because obviously he’s very good on the ball so he sits there and again is another dangerous player at set-pieces. But Thomas Flögel was a bit different.

“Thomas was the most gifted, technically, I’ve ever worked with. Great touch and skill on the ball. Great trainer, great lad and another we see often. He comes across quite a lot to watch Hearts, whenever he gets the opportunity he never refuses.”

Haring is in line to feature against the Hoops once more, in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It appears the Austrians can’t get enough of the Jambos. Which makes you wonder what it would mean to both Flögel and Haring should the Jambos win their ninth Scottish Cup against Celtic at Hampden on Saturday.

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