Hibs' boardroom regime has changed entirely while only two players remain in the dressing room.
But Paul Kane insists the Easter Road club must seize the chance to finally exorcise the Hampden ghost of 2012 on Saturday for the group that matters most - the fans.
Eight years have passed since that Scottish Cup Final mauling in Mount Florida at the hands of Hearts.
But while few faces inside the stadium remain the same Kane insists it’s the ones locked out on Saturday that matter most.
Because for the fans the horror of 2012 is still all too raw.
This weekend sees the capital big guns lock horns on the south side of Glasgow for the first time since that 5-1 Jambos glory day.
And Kane, who made over 250 appearances for Hibs in the 1980s, said: “The semi final is a huge opportunity to exorcise the ghost of 2012.
“There might be a different regime in charge and only two players left from that final but the memory is all too fresh for the supporters.
“It’s a chance to put a wrong right. This squad needs to realise that - even if most of them weren’t at Easter Road eight years ago.
“This is the first derby at Hampden since then and a great chance to bury the memory of that game.
“But there’s two ways of looking at it because for Hearts it’s also a chance to right what they maybe see as a wrong after relegation.
“What is always a big game becomes even bigger. It’s just a real shame the fans won’t get in to see it.
“These are the games Hibs and Hearts fans live for.
“It’s also a quick opportunity to get to a cup final and the chance to win silverware before Christmas. That would be a great present for the supporters.”
Hibs can count on two players who have survived the passage of time to carry the fight to their arch rivals this weekend.
Paul Hanlon and Lewis Stevenson have amassed well over 900 Hibees appearances between them and went some way to burying the agony of 2012 when they lifted the trophy four years later after an enthralling victory over Rangers.
And Kane said: “Paul and Lewis felt that pain eight years ago as well as the joy of ending the long wait to win the cup four years later.
“Hopefully those guys having been through both experiences can use that in the build-up and in the game to inspire their team mates.
“Paul especially, being a born and bred Hibs fan through his family, will be determined to get the win.
“As a Hibs player I never actually got the chance to play against Hearts in the Scottish Cup so all my experiences have been in the stands.
“I was at the 2012 final and the 2016 final. I’ve felt the lowest of the low and also the highest of highs.
“As a young kid I remember at Easter Road winning 2-1 in a quarter final when Gordon Rae scored the winner. But I also remember losing 1-0 to a Wayne Foster goal too.
“The memories don’t go away for supporters.
“Hibs now have a chance to put one over their rivals and the players need to realise that.”
The 55-year-old former midfielder fully expects his old club to do the business on Saturday and tee up an early shot at silverware.
“I’ve been impressed with Hibs,” he said.
“They are looking strong at the back and have definitely got goals in their team with the speed they break at.
“It’s great to have someone like Kevin Nisbet that looks like he could tip the scales at 20-25 goals. It’s been along time since we had someone like that at Hibs.
“Christian Doidge takes a lot of pressure off Nisbet by winning the headers and holding the ball up. It’s a good combination.
“Who’s going to win on Saturday? I’ve got to tip Hibs haven’t I?”