Route to final 'easier' than 2015 for Inverness says Doran
Aaron Doran says Inverness Caledonian Thistle have an easier task to get to the Scottish Cup final than when they won it in 2015.
But he still says it will be a big challenge to beat Hearts saying his team will go into the encounter as underdogs.
Doran was part of the team that won the Scottish Cup four years ago when Caley Thistle beat Falkirk 2-1 in the final.
In their 2015 semi final, ICT beat Celtic 3-2 at Hampden.
Doran says the current Hearts side are not as good as the Celtic team from four years ago but still respects them as top flight opposition.
“It’s an easier task than 2015 to get to the final," he said.
“We played a strong Celtic team and beat them, no disrespect to Hearts but they are not as big as Celtic.
"But they are still a bigger club than us and are in a higher division.”
The vice-captain says reaching the semi final of this year's competition was a surprise but says they deserve to be in the last four.
Doran remembers being told in 2015 to savour the moment of winning a Scottish Cup as it may never happen again and is relishing having a second chance.
“It’s a good achievement from the players considering the position we were at the start of the season.
“We deserve to be here considering the form that we have shown.
“When we had John Hughes as manager he said win three games and you’ll get to Hampden.
“None of the players back then thought that we could win it.
“Maybe guys don’t think we can win it this year but it is a good achievement for the club to reach the semi final as a Championship club.”
“I remember the older heads such as Gary Warren and David Raven at the time telling everyone make the most of it as it doesn’t happen very often. So we need to make the most of this.”