Falkirk manager Gary Holt ready to take on Hibernian at Hampden in the Scottish Cup

Gary Holt: Looking forward to Scottish Cup semi-final with Hibernian at Hampden Park

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New Falkirk manager Gary Holt admits he cannot wait to enjoy the Hampden Park experience when his side take on Hibernian in Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Holt's playing career in Scotland ended at the national stadium when his Kilmarnock side was beaten by Celtic in the League Cup final in March 2001.

The midfielder was sold to Norwich the next day and spent the rest of his career in England but he is keen for his players to make the most of the opportunity of turning out at the home of Scottish football.

Holt himself will lead Falkirk for the first time at Hampden, having only been named as successor to Steven Pressley on Monday after he left the club to join Coventry last month.

"My last game at Kilmarnock was the League Cup final defeat against Celtic - but I had no idea whatsoever that was going to be the case," he said.

"After the game (manager) Bobby (Williamson) pulled me aside and told me that the deal was done - see you later. You will meet Norwich tomorrow.

"I thought okay, no problem, I will do as I'm told but to be fair I've got to thank him for that, I went on to have a great career down south which propelled me into where I am now.

"I can't wait for the game. When you are at the national stadium, when you have a good crowd behind you and it's live on television, you just want to impress.

"You are a big kid in a sweetie shop, you want to enjoy it and showcase your talents.

"I was licking my wounds after losing 3-0 but it was still a great occasion."

Hibernian have gone 111 years since winning the trophy and Holt has upped the ante ahead of the game.

"The pressure is on them, there is no doubt about that," added Holt, who won the Scottish Cup with Killie in 1997 when they beat Falkirk 1-0 in the Ibrox final.

"We are the underdogs. We are the First Division club and they are in the SPL, and they have good players but we have to focus on what we are going to do."