Hibs playmaker Andrew Shinnie admits his parents face dilemma over Aberdeen Scottish Cup semi-final clash with brother Graeme

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Hibs midfielder Andrew Shinnie insists going up against brother Graeme in the Scottish Cup semi-final will be a bigger problem for his parents.

The Shinnie siblings, who played alongside each other for two years at Inverness, will go head-to-head for the first time in a competitive match when Hibs face Aberdeen on April 22 at Hampden.

And even though parents Linda and Gary will be guaranteed at least one son in the end of season showpiece, elder brother Andrew reckons they face a dilemma about where to sit on the day of the last four encounter.

On loan Birmingham City playmaker Andrew, who has made 23 appearances for the cup holders since making the move last summer, said: “It won’t be great for my mum and dad. I don’t know what end they will be in, maybe one in each end with a half-and-half scarf.

“I don’t know how they’d feel but we’re professionals, we would chat about it before the game and get on with it – and the best man would win.

“We played together at Inverness and loved it. I played against him at youth level but never in a competitive first team game.”

Two of Shinnie’s three goals for Hibs have come in the Scottish Cup after netting in the fourth and fifth round victories over Bonnyrigg Rose and city rivals Hearts respectively, before drawing a blank in the weekend’s 3-1 quarter-final win over Ayr United.

Hibs remain on course for a league and cup double and will attempt to deal Championship promotion rivals Dundee United’s title hopes a blow when the two teams meet in Friday’s televised encounter at Tannadice.

Neil Lennon’s side are seven points clear of third place United having played one more match.

Crowd

Hibs will be roared on by an away crowd of over 2,300 on Tayside and the Leith club have urged fans to buy a ticket before they travel.

A Hibs spokesperson said: “Over 2300 tickets have been sold for Friday night’s Ladbrokes Championship match away to Dundee United.

“At this moment, we cannot guarantee the option of supporters buying tickets on the night of the game at Tannadice, so we would encourage all supporters looking to attend the match to buy tickets in advance from the Hibernian Ticket Office.

“We will provide further updates when we can on matchday arrangements.

“These tickets are now on general sale, with availability in the West Stand and restricted view tickets in the Jim McLean Fair Play Stand upper tier.”

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