McPake looking forward to derby clash

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James McPake, pictured, is out for revenge after last season's Scottish Cup final drubbing by Hearts

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James McPake, pictured, is out for revenge after last season's Scottish Cup final drubbing by Hearts

Hibernian captain James McPake is relishing the chance to avenge the William Hill Scottish Cup final loss to Hearts after the fourth-round draw saw the two Edinburgh rivals paired against each other.

Hibs' last Scottish Cup tie was the 5-1 humiliation by their derby rivals at Hampden, but they are a much-improved team this season and sit level on points with Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Celtic, seven places above Hearts.

Centre-back McPake, who joined on a permanent basis from Coventry after leading Hibs out at Hampden as a loan player, told the club's official website: "It's the tie we all wanted.

"First and foremost, we're just happy to have a home tie and it will be a massive game against Hearts.

"I had a feeling we would get them and it's a game everybody is looking forward to being a part of. But firstly we've got to build on our positive start to the SPL season - continuing with Dundee United at home on Sunday."

Hearts manager John McGlynn, who replaced cup-winning boss Paulo Sergio in June, was equally impassioned by the derby tie, which will take place early next month.

McGlynn told his club's website: "I'm looking forward to a very exciting Scottish Cup derby game.

"It's quite strange with the cup final and then the first time the two clubs come back into it we face each other in the first game. It's surreal and remarkable but that's how it is. It's one that we'll look forward to: management team, players and fans alike. Everyone will look forward to it. It's exciting stuff.

"It's a month away so it's very important that we have great form going into that game. That really means winning games between now and then and having everyone confident going down to Easter Road.

"We don't want to be distracted by that game. If anything, we want it to be a motivation to be winning games going into that fixture. Hopefully that'll be a real incentive for us."

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