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THE FAMILY FINAL; Caley and Falkirk fans are gearing up to make sure they all have a day to remember at the big match at Hampden BUILD-UP TWO COMMUNITIES CATCH FOOTBALL FEVER Hairdresser smartens up the troops.

WIN or lose, hairdresser Dianne Morrison is confident that Caley fans will take the Hampden honours for smartness.

Dianne has been offering discounted haircuts to fans heading to the big match as football fever grips the Highland capital.

The whole city seems geared up for Caley's first ever Scottish Cup final.

Dozens of shops, homes and council buildings have decked out their windows with good luck messages to the player and with shirts, scarves and balloons in Caley's red and blue.

One of those counting down the seconds until kick-off is Inverness provost Alex Graham - a season ticket holder at Caledonian Stadium for more than a decade.

"The whole city of Inverness is buzzing in anticipation of the Scottish Cup Final - not just Caley Thistle supporters but the whole community," he said.

Meanwhile, fan Stevie Riley has rounded up some celebrity support with a good-luck video featuring stars such as The Proclaimers and Erasure's Andy Bell, along with former Caley players.

Stevie said: "I tweeted every ex-player and celeb that I followed. To my surprise, I got a response and it snowballed from there."

The club's pop-up shop in the city centre has done a brisk trade in replica shirts, foam fingers, hats, scarves and even player masks.

And at Highland Barbours, hairdresser Dianne reckons more than 50 supporters have already taken advantage of her matchday cuts.She will close her shop today as she heads to the game but admits to being apprehensive ahead of kick-off.

"Some days I'm confident but football is football and anything can happen," she said.

Other dedicated fans have produced a cup final song in an effort to spur Inverness to victory.

Tale of Two Cities recorded their ode, Scenes of Red and Blue, after their heroes' semi-final victory over Celtic.

Songwriter Sandy Sutherland said: "It sounds terrible but I was so convinced we were going to lose to Celtic and I said as a joke that if we beat them I'd write a cup final song.

"Sure enough, we beat them and I stayed true to my word. I wrote it the day after the semi-final."

The 23-year-old added: "I've been waiting my whole life for this game. I'm trying to stay as grounded as I can."

Hairdresser smartens up the troops

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