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Scott Brown is determined to ensure a happy afternoon at Hampden Park as Celtic take on Hearts in the Cup

Updated: Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 10:40

Celtic continue their quest for the league and cup double against Hearts at Hampden Park on Saturday
Celtic continue their quest for the league and cup double against Hearts at Hampden Park on Saturday

Celtic captain Scott Brown is determined to ensure a happier afternoon at Hampden Park after settling a score against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Celtic secured quickfire retribution for their Scottish Communities League Cup defeat by Kilmarnock last month when they beat the Ayrshire side 6-0 at Rugby Park on Saturday to clinch the title.

Now they have the chance to treat their fans to a more enjoyable visit to Scotland’s national stadium when they face Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

"It was a hard one to take, especially us going in as favourites," Brown said.

"There are no such thing as favourites going into a cup final, anything can happen on the day, and it did.

"We were a wee bit disappointed at the time and we needed to come back stronger and I think we have come back better and better."

The Scotland international, who was at the centre of the championship celebrations, said: "Everyone is still on a high but we have another big game coming up on Sunday."

Brown added: "We have got to focus and get ready for that, get back into training and being sharp.

"We have had a couple of good days and enjoyed it but that has passed now and we have a Scottish Cup game coming up."

Hearts have warmed up for Hampden with consecutive wins over Aberdeen and Dunfermline.

"They have shown on any day they are a really good team," Brown said.

"The way they have been playing as well, especially Rudi Skacel, he has been in really good form, they are always going to be a danger."

Brown went off early in the second half at Rugby Park with a tight groin but he expects to be fit for Hampden.

"It's hopefully just a wee niggle," said Brown, who was promoting the club's champions merchandise.

"At the time we were 4-0 up so I managed to get some extra time on the sidelines and not make it any worse.

"It gave me a wee bit more time for Sunday and hopefully I'll be fine for then."

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