IT is Scottish Cup weekend and whichever team is eventually victorious at Hampden this May will lift the oldest national trophy in world football.

The first competition took place in the 1873/74 season and Barney from Crookston was interested in a quick rundown of some famous cup records.

A: Celtic lead the way with 37 wins in total from 56 appearances in the final. Not surprisingly, it is Rangers who come second with 33 wins from 52 finals.

Queen’s Park are third on the list (10 from 12) but their last final came in 1900.

And as you will know, probably, two names which do not appear on the actual cup are Celtic and Rangers.

By the time the Old Firm became a thing, there was no space left on the actual trophy and, so, their mentions are to be found on the base.

With Walter Smith in the running to become Scotland manager for a second time, Harry from Cambuslang wants to know what his record was like with the national team.

A: Between 2004 and 2007, Smith took charge of only 16 games, winning seven, drawing five and with four defeats. 

Smith did win the Kirin Cup in 2006 when his Scotland team beat Bulgaria and drew with the host nation in Tokyo.

John Wark enjoyed a superb career in England and Jimbo of Lennoxtown wanted some information on the Glaswegian.

A: Wark was a naturally defensive midfielder with an astonishing goal scoring record – 223 in total over 22 seasons – a figure made even more impressive given he ended his playing days as a centre-half.

With Ipswich Town and Liverpool, Wark won the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two titles at Anfield.

In 1981 he was voted PFA  Player of the Year and Europe’s best young player.