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Andy Walker previews the Scottish Cup semi-finals
Andy Walker says Falkirk and Dundee United can cause upsets in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
Last Updated: 08/04/13 1:42pm
This has been a disappointing season for Fenlon's men and only a place in the final of the Scottish Cup for the second successive year can give them a lift. Missing out on a top six place before the SPL split for the last five games of the season is a financial blow and will impact on the type of player Fenlon is able to attract for next season.
Top scorer Leigh Griffiths and defender Ryan McGivern are still on loan and fans are unsure whether their club will pay the money required to secure them on a permanent deal.
Dundee United go into their clash with Celtic on a high having secured a lucrative finish in the top six with a dramatic injury time winner over Aberdeen. Make no mistake, Dundee United have the players who can hurt Celtic in a one-off game.
Jon Daly leads the line with experience; Gary Mackay-Steven and Johnny Russell are getting back to full fitness and have the skill and ability to be potential match-winners.
For Celtic, this is a game that Neil Lennon will want to see his players being able to rise to the occasion. Over the last three years, Ross County, Hearts and St Mirren have all beaten Celtic at the semi-final stage of cup competitions while Kilmarnock also came out on top in last season's League Cup final.
There can be no doubt Celtic have better players than United but too many have been off form too often on this type of occasion.
St Mirren ended their hopes of a domestic treble with a recent win at Hampden and the supporters will be looking for their heroes to go one better this time to have the chance of ending the season on a high with a league and cup double.
Both ties will be played to a finish on the day, there are no replays so look out for at least one semi-final to go all the way to extra time and penalties!