Steven MacLean is hoping to use his experience to help the rest of the Hearts squad during Saturday’s Scottish Cup final with Celtic at Hampden Park (Match Betting – Hearts 15/2, Draw 4/1, Celtic 4/11).

The Jambos are the only team that can stop Celtic winning the domestic treble for the third successive season, while a victory would also see them lift the Scottish Cup for the ninth time in their history (To lift the cup – Celtic 1/7, Hearts 9/2).

Hearts last success came back in 2012 and not many of the current squad have experience of a Hampden Cup final, although veteran forward MacLean is a two-time winner of the tournament, claiming overall glory with Rangers in 2003 and St Johnstone 11 years later.

The 36-year-old says he will be looking to pass on his experiences of those finals to the younger members of the squad and he believes that could prove crucial if Craig Levein’s side are to spring a surprise on Saturday.

Speaking to HeartsTV, MacLean said: “If you’ve been there and you’ve done it then it definitely helps because you know what’s about to come.

“It’s important that we help the younger players and the players who haven’t been there and let them know what’s around the corner.

“If we can pass on our experiences to them then it can only help the squad. A few of us have been there and done it but we’ll still be excited and we’ll still be looking forward to it.”

Hearts were beaten 2-1 by Celtic when the two teams met in something of a dress rehearsal for the cup final in the Scottish Premiership last weekend.

Indeed, the Edinburgh outfit have lost each of their last four matches against the Bhoys, although they will draw heart from the 1-0 victory they claimed when the two teams met at Tynecastle back in August.

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