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Ex-Man Utd youth Rankin: I dream of lifting Scottish Cup

Dundee United captain John Rankin has admitted to dreaming of winning the Scottish Cup.

The 30-year old midfielder skippered the Tangerines to a 3-1 victory over Rangers on Saturday to book their spot in the 2014 final which will be played against St Johnstone at Celtic Park on May 17.

Former Manchester United youth academy member Rankin had a difficult time at last club Hibernian, where he was completely frozen out, but has bounced back to lead the Terrors to a cup final which he dreams of holding aloft.

"Everyone here, the players and the management team, are great and I get on with them. And with the supporters and the club in general, it's a great place to work," said Rankin.

"I go in every day with a smile on my face and that makes a big difference.

"Now I'm 30 and going into my first cup final. I'm just loving the whole experience. The manager gave me the armband at Ibrox and leading the team out in front of those fans on Saturday made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

"Getting to the stage in my career that I am at, I know I'm not going to have many more opportunities like this.

"If we can go to the cup final and come back with the trophy and a medal each it would be great. I'm desperate for that to happen. Growing up in Scotland, you dream of one thing and that is lifting the Scottish Cup."

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