Football - McAusland keen to make history against Hearts

St Mirren defender Marc McAusland knows it would be momentous to emulate the 1987 Scottish Cup-winning heroes whose exploits he was brought up on.

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But the Paisley-born centre-back will try to shut out the importance of the occasion when he takes to the Hampden pitch on Sunday for the Scottish Communities League Cup final against Hearts.

McAusland was born into a St Mirren-supporting family in 1988 but he has been told all about the day when Ian Ferguson scored the winner against Dundee United at Hampden.

The closest McAusland has come to a major cup final with Saints was watching his former team-mates lose in the 2010 League Cup final. So McAusland, whose father Bryan is a St Mirren director, is eager to make the most of his chance to make history.

"Being a boyhood fan and a ball boy, always being close to the club with my dad as well, it`s going to be massive," he said. "And for all my friends and family I hope we can do it.

"Everybody knows who the 1987 team are. A lot of people have been saying if we can do that on Sunday and win the cup, then people are going to know who we are for years to come.

"You don`t talk about that at the time and you don't think about it. As soon as you step on the field, it will just be a normal game.

"The game will take care of itself and afterwards hopefully the party commences if we win. But we need to take it like any normal game."

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