Pierre predicts Celtic dominance
Celtic legend Pierre van Hooijdonk claims that a Scottish Cup win could precede a dominant era in Scottish football for his former club.
The former Hoops striker believes victory over Hibernian in the final at Hampden will simply reinforce expectations that his old club will dominate the Scottish domestic scene for years to come.
With Old Firm rivals Rangers consigned to the lower leagues for the time being, Van Hooijdonk believes European football will provide the real challenge for Celtic.
Asked if he expects to witness a period of domestic domination, he said: "Yes, I do. I see Celtic winning the title regularly in the coming years and I just hope they can continue their run in Europe like they did this year.
"I think if you can add some more European success, like this year, you are earning a lot of money.
"That means you are able to strengthen your squad step by step and it gives you the opportunity to do even better the next year in Europe.
"I'm not impressed that they became champions of Scotland because a club like that, of Celtic's stature, should win the league - especially now.
"But In Europe, they have done fantastic. The Barcelona game was magnificent.
"At Celtic Park, beating them 2-1 in a crazy atmosphere, was something that nobody expected to happen.
"People would expect Barcelona to get beaten by Real Madrid or Bayern Munich - not by Celtic and that surprised the whole world of football."
Hibs will be aiming to bring to an end an 111-year wait for the Scottish Cup, while Celtic will be equally as keen to secure a domestic double.
And, having netted the winner against Airdrie in 1995, the competition also provided one of his own career highlights for Van Hooijdonk.
He said: "It meant a lot. It was my first trophy in my career and scoring the only goal makes it even more special.
"It was also a period when Celtic hadn't won anything for six years.
"A month before I arrived, they lost the League Cup final to Raith Rovers, who were playing in the First Division, so that was a major disappointment.
"Reaching the final and actually winning it and seeing the joy on the faces of the crowd and the manager, Tommy Burns - you realise what it meant."