Michael Stewart has predicted that Hearts will do the unthinkable and lift the Scottish Cup against Celtic this afternoon – with one man key to this.

The Jambos face a Celtic side keen to life a fourth domestic treble in succession, a frightening achievement. But to do that, Celtic must beat a Hearts side racking up wins in the Scottish Championship.

Dunfermline vs Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Championship

Neilson’s men have been flying. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Moods around each clubs couldn’t be different ahead of it. While Celtic are looking for change at the top of their club, there’s optimism at Tynecastle as they look to return to the Premiership after a difficult 2020.

Winning a major trophy, albeit one from last season, would certainly go some way to boosting confidence around Gorgie. Although it must be noted that Celtic are major favourites in this one.

Despite that, former Jambo and current pundit Michael Stewart is predicting his side to pull off the big shock. It won’t be easy, but he thinks they might just edge it if the game goes the distance, with Josh Ginnelly on the flanks a key man.

Stewart predicts Celtic to lose.

Stewart predicts Celtic to lose. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I think it could go to extra-time and penalties,” said Stewart (BBC). “I think Hearts might sneak it. ”When you look at the Hearts team, there are a lot of internationals, a lot of experience.

“But the one thing they lack is pace and energy. The one player who does have that is Josh Ginnelly. He came back last weekend against Queen of the South. He is key as he gives the side balance.

“They need an outball to get them up the park. If it works, it’s key for Hearts.”

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