Robbie Neilson has dedicated Hearts’ Scottish Cup victory over Hibs to the late Marius Zaliukas.

The Jambos came away from their semi-final clash in the Edinburgh derby with a 2-1 after extra time. Craig Wighton and Liam Boyce goals were enough to seal a place in the 2019/20 final.

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Delight for Hearts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They will meet Celtic in a repeat of the 2018/19 finale. It was a great day’s work for Neilson but the day was overshadowed by the death of his former Hearts teammate, Marius Zaliukas.

Registering over 150 appearances in maroon, Zaliukas became a legend at Tynecastle as he captained them to a 5-1 win over Hibs in 2012’s Scottish Cup final, Hearts’ finest derby moment.

Neilson was still a player when Zaliukas first arrived in Gorgie and featured alongside him in Edinburgh many times. The current maroon boss has paid tribute to the late defender.

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A devastating blow. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell-Pool/Getty Images)

“I knew Marius, personally, for a number of years and its devastating for everybody at the club,” he said.

“It’s devastating because he was a big part of the club and a huge part of the history. He was captain of the 5-1 game against Hibs at Hampden.

“Hopefully we can give a slight bit of comfort to his family to say that this game is for him as well.

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Neilson has paid tribute. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He’s had a difficult period recently with his Motor Neurone Disease and we’re all thinking about his family at this moment.”

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