Hampden evacuated and fire engines rush to stadium hours before Rangers final

Hampden Park was evacuated on Saturday morning just hours before the Scottish Cup final between Rangers and Hearts was due to get underway – with fire engines attending the scene.

According to The Sun, the fire service were called to the national stadium at around 10:30am on May 21, with the fixture set to kick-off less than five hours later at 3pm between the sides of Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Robbie Neilson.

Fortunately, it was later confirmed to be an alarm of the false variety, with Rangers players and staff taking to the pitch to have a look at the playing surface an hour or two later.

Rangers go into the game looking to end their season on a high following the disappointment of losing their Scottish Premiership title and falling agonisingly short in the Europa League final.

Their defeat on penalties against Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville came after a stunning run in which they beat the likes of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.

Van Bronckhorst said of his team: "We all shared the disappointment.

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"(Aaron) Ramsey was very down, we needed to lift him up as we do every player in the squad.

"The fans will welcome him and my team tomorrow. All our focus is on the final and we have to support each other as a family to be ready for the final.

"I have a lot of confidence in my team. We didn't get the outcome we wanted [on Wednesday] but overall it was a good experience for my team.

"We have a very important game tomorrow and I have full confidence my team will be ready."

With opposite boss Neilson saying: "It’s not just about winning the cup, it’s the prestige that comes with that.

“There have been numerous Hearts teams over the years that have had good seasons, finished with European football and got to cup finals.

“But there have been very few that have actually gone on and taken that final step and won the cup.

“This group have got an opportunity to do it. We have to make sure we’re prepared. They understand that if they do that it becomes a massive thing.”

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