In the quarter-final Dundee United were drawn against Inverness CT. Çiftçi scored twice, with goals from Gavin Gunning, Mackay-Steven and Armstrong sealing a 5–0 victory. In the semi final at Ibrox on 12 April, Dundee United faced Rangers. Goals from Armstrong, Mackay-Steven and Çiftçi sent Dundee United to the final for the first time since 2010.
This was St. Johnstone's first appearance in the Scottish Cup Final, while it was Dundee United's tenth appearance. United had previously won two Scottish Cups (in 1994 and 2010), and have been beaten in seven finals. The most notable meeting of the two clubs in the Scottish Cup until now was in the 1990–91 Scottish Cup, when Dundee United won 2–1 in a semi-final at East End Park and advanced to the 1991 Scottish Cup Final.
For the first time in its history, the Scottish Cup Final was played on a Sunday in 2013. This was done to comply with UEFA regulations which prohibit televised matches being played on the same day as the UEFA Champions League Final. As the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final is being played on a different weekend, this meant that the Scottish Cup Final could again be played on a Saturday.