Former Hearts coach Jon Daly believes previous Scottish Cup woes will inspire the Jambos against Hibs on Saturday.
The Edinburgh rivals were drawn against each other in the semi-finals, but the match was pushed back when the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
No fans will be at the national stadium for the 651st meeting, but Daly believes that being knocked out by their rivals and then seeing Hibs go on to lift the trophy will be all the motivation Hearts need.
Daly said: "Some of them have been to the Scottish Cup final against Celtic and came very close to winning it the previous year.
"So they will know how big an occasion it is for the club and the fans and they will want to give the fans something to shout about, especially against their biggest rivals.
"The year Hibs won it they came back from two goals down at Tynecastle and went on to knock Hearts out. That still stings a lot of Hearts fans.
"It's difficult to win these competitions and get to the final and when you get the final and get beaten, it does eat away at you, the 'what ifs'. What if we got that decision or what if we held out a bit longer?
"When you do get back into those situations, you want to remedy that and make sure you don't feel that same anguish, but they have got to get past a tricky tie against a good Hibs team and focus on that."
The former striker has tasted success in the competition, lifting the trophy with Dundee United in 2010.
Daly recalled: "I can't believe it's 10 years ago but we had a 10-year anniversary back in January before everything kicked off with Covid.
"It was probably well-timed or we wouldn't have had it, we'd probably have had a Zoom party maybe...
"But it was incredible. It does only feel like it was a couple of years ago.
"From a professional level it was probably the best week of my life. You go and win the Scottish Cup and then I had a stag do in Ibiza for a week. The celebrations just kicked on and it was an incredible week.
"When you're a kid and you're good at football and playing schoolboy football, you normally play for a successful team and you win medals and trophies and you just think when you go into professional football that that's going to continue.
"You quickly realise that it's very difficult to win trophies and to win the Scottish Cup with Dundee United was a massive privilege and something that will live with me forever."
The 37-year-old left his coaching role at Tynecastle when Daniel Stendel took over last season, but has been impressed from afar with Robbie Neilson's work since returning.
Daly said: "Robbie's done a remarkable job.
"His recruitment has been excellent.
"He has recruited boys who have either been in Scotland before or have played in the UK and understand what's expected. That helps with the settling-in period and you can see they have all gelled really well.
"The areas he has recruited in have been key, the wide areas especially. They have probably been crying out for a number of years to recruit in those areas and get the level of player needed.
"I have been impressed with (Josh) Ginnelly and (Jordan) Roberts although they might be doubts for Hampden with Ginnelly coming off against Arbroath and Roberts not even quoted in the game.
"If those two players are missing it's going to be difficult filling the void in those areas."