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By Andy Newport

Published 23/05/2016

Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans invade the pitch at the final whistle after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
Handout photo dated 21/05/16 provided by Steve Welsh of Hibernian players and staff celebrating after beating Rangers 3-2 in the William Hill Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Scottish Final. Photo credit should read: Steve Welsh/William Hill/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Mounted Police arrive as Hibs fans invade the pitch at the final whistle after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans invade the pitch at the final whistle after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans invade the pitch at the final whistle after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans invade the pitch at the final whistle after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Police form a cordon as Hibs fans invade the pitch at the final whistle after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans invade the pitch at the final whistle after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans invade the pitch at the final whistle after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Police form a line) during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Haley Purvis the partner of David Gray of Hibernian looks on with her daughter Ivy (right) during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Anthony Stokes of Hibernian lifts the cup following the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Haley Purvis the partner of David Gray of Hibernian looks on with her daughter Ivy (right) during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fraser Fyvie of Hibernian celebrates with fans at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Anthony Stokes of Hibernian lifts the cup following the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: David Gray of Hibernian celebrates scoring the winning goal as Hibernian as they beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: David Gray of Hibernian scores the winning goal as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: John McGinn of Hibernian celebrates at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: John McGinn of Hibernian celebrates at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: David Gray of Hibernian celebrates scoring the winning goal as Hibernian as they beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park Pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park Pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: John McGinn of Hibernian celebrates at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fraser Fyvie of Hibernian celebrates with fans at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: David Gray of Hibernian celebrates scoring the winning goal as Hibernian as they beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park Pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in GGLASGOW, SCOTLAND. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Hibernian's David Gray (obscured) scores his side's third goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final, at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Scottish Final. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: A Hibernian fan walks from the pitch with a piece of the Hamden Park playing surface after a pitch invasion at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: David Gray of Hibernian celebrates scoring the winning goal as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian Manager Alan Stubbs lifts the cup during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian Manager Alan Stubbs lifts the cup during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian Manager Alan Stubbs lifts the cup during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian Manager Alan Stubbs lifts the cup during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: A Hibernian fan with a piece of the Hamden Park playing surface after a pitch invasion at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Broken goal posts are seen after Hibernian fans invaded the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: David Gray of Hibernian celebrates scoring the winning goal as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: A Hibernian fan with a piece of the Hamden Park playing surface after a pitch invasion at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: A Hibernian fan walks from the pitch with a piece of the Hamden Park playing surface after a pitch invasion at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: David Gray of Hibernian celebrates scoring the winning goal as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: A Hibernian fan walks from the pitch with a piece of the Hamden Park playing surface after a pitch invasion at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian Manager Alan Stubbs lifts the cup during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Police horses on the pitch as Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park playing surface at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: David Gray of Hibernian celebrates scoring the winning goal as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Niklas Gunnarsson of Hibernian celebrates with Conrad Logan of Hibernian during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs and Rangers fans fight as they invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Police officers and security staff guard the Hampden Park pitch after Hibernian fans invade the playing surface at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs and Rangers fans fight after they invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs and Rangers fans fight as they invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans celebrate at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Jason Cummings of Hibernian is led from the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans celebrate at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Dylan McGeouch of Hibernian takes on Jason Holt and Dean Shiels of Rangers during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs and Rangers fans fight after fans invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Niklas Gunnarsson of Hibernian celebrates with Conrad Logan of Hibernian during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fraser Fyvie of Hibernian celebrates with fans at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Niklas Gunnarsson of Hibernian celebrates with Conrad Logan of Hibernian during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs and Rangers fans fight as they invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fans fight on the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fans fight on the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans break up the goals during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fans fight on the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fans invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fans invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan (left) and Hibernian Chairman Rod Petrie in conversation as fans invade the pitch after the William Hill Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Scottish Final. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Fans invade the pitch during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibs fans take a selfie as other destroy the goals during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Ground keeping staff begin to repair the damaged Hampden Park pitch after a crown invasion during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Mounted police leave Hampden during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Hibernian fans invade the Hampden Park pitch at the final whistle as Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Rangers fans set off flares after Kenny Miller of Rangers scores their first goal in the first half during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Hamden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Rangers have reiterated their calls for an investigation into the crowd trouble which marred Saturday's Scottish Cup final after criticising Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie's attempts to downplay the violent scenes at Hampden.

Several Rangers players were assaulted as thousands of Hibernian fans flooded on to the pitch following the Edinburgh club's dramatic 3-2 triumph.

Footage showed Lee Wallace being punched and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham attacked as the celebratory pitch invasion turned ugly.

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Dozens of Rangers fans also came on to the pitch and fights broke out between rival fans, while Hibs fans broke one of the goalposts and ripped up sections of the Hampden turf.

Petrie, who is the vice-president of the Scottish Football Association, put the scenes down to "over-exuberance" in the immediate aftermath and described them as "unacceptable".

A club statement later confirmed Hibs would "co-operate fully into any inquiry into the pitch invasion which followed the club's historic Scottish Cup win at Hampden Park".

However, Rangers have again reacted angrily and in a scathing statement demanded both the SFA and Police Scotland take swift action against those responsible.

It read: "Rangers finds it incomprehensible that no-one, either from within the Scottish FA or Hibernian Football Club, has condemned Hibernian's supporters following the violent scenes at the end of yesterday's Scottish Cup final when Rangers players and members of our backroom staff were physically and verbally assaulted.

"We have not even had the courtesy of any contact from Hibernian to ask after the well-being of those who were attacked by their club's supporters.

"There must be a full independent investigation into the shameful scenes at Hampden. Rangers is also at a complete loss to understand why certain individuals have hastily attempted to gloss over the appalling events which unfolded at the end of Saturday's final.

"No matter how many times Hibernian's chairman and Scottish FA vice-chairman, Rod Petrie, and certain other biased commentators wish to play down Saturday's mayhem and violence, the truth must not be distorted.

"What unfolded on Saturday cannot and must not be put down to exuberance. That is a complete insult to Rangers, our supporters, and those individuals intimidated and attacked.

"It was clear to most who watched in horror that the SFA's security procedures failed when Hibernian's fans went over the top in their thousands.

"It is to be hoped that all of Scottish football will share Rangers' disgust and any attempts to attach blame to our supporters for the disgraceful and violent behaviour, which led to our players and fans fearing for their safety, will not be accepted or tolerated by this club."

The statement went on to acknowledge that a "tiny majority of Rangers fans also encroached on the pitch but only after having been faced with prolonged and severe provocation".

The club said it was "preposterous to suggest Rangers fans were somehow to blame, as some commentators appear anxious to do", adding that the "thuggish behaviour must be investigated and as many culprits as possible brought to book and formally charged".

It concluded: "So, let everyone be clear on one thing - Rangers demands that players, staff and fans be protected from the violence and hatred of supporters of other clubs.

"Rangers fully expects the SFA and Police Scotland to take action to provide our people with a safe environment. When players are unable to accept medals because of fears for their safety and our supporters are alarmed and extremely concerned for the women and children among them, then surely every step must be taken to ensure that this is never repeated."

Hibs own statement did add the club "reiterates its regret at the events which unfolded following the final whistle".

Rangers players were handed their medals in the dressing room, while Hibs players had a long wait to lift the trophy after the pitch was cleared, with the lap of honour cancelled.

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