Peter Pawlett wants to end his Aberdeen era with a Scottish Cup medal

Peter Pawlett at the League Cup final in 2014.

Attacker Peter Pawlett aims to end his Dons career on a Hampden high by bowing out at the Scottish Cup final.

The 26-year-old will end more than a decade at Pittodrie when he joins MK Dons in the summer.

Pawlett rejected a new Aberdeen deal to sign a two-year pre-contract with the League One outfit.

To have a chance of a dream departure in the May 27 final, the Reds must overcome Scottish Cup holders Hibs in the semi-final on Saturday.

Pawlett is desperate to cement his time at Pittodrie with a winner’s medal having suffered injury heartache in the 2014 League Cup final victory over Inverness.

He missed that triumph, the club’s first cup in 19 years, due to injury.

Pawlett, who featured as a substitute in the 2-1 win over St Johnstone at the weekend, said: “If I could play in the Scottish Cup final it would be a fantastic way to go out.

“You just have to look at the way Graeme Shinnie went out at Inverness Caley Thistle by winning the Scottish Cup in his last game for them.

“That would be the ideal scenario, and hopefully that can be the way I finish my time at Aberdeen.”

Pawlett has not started for the Dons since the 1-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Partick Thistle on March 5.

However, he was introduced with nearly 15 minutes remaining at McDiarmid Park.

He said: “I just have to keep working hard, train well and keep myself going to stay in the manager’s plans.”

Bowing out with a Scottish Cup winner’s medal would hold extra significance, and poignancy, for Pawlett following the disappointment of 2014.

One of the stand-out players of that season Pawlett played a key role in the 4-0 League Cup semi-final win over St Johnstone.

However Pawlett, who scored in that Tynecastle semi, was ruled out of the final with a hip injury.

Just days before the Parkhead final he admitted to boss Derek McInnes he would not be fit to play.

He watched from the sidelines as Aberdeen defeated Inverness on penalties to end a 19-year trophy drought.

He said: “Missing that League Cup final win was a huge disappointment for me.

“It was a great achievement for the club and although I was involved in the whole day I just wanted to be out on the pitch.

“I was involved in the League Cup run all the way to the final and still felt part of it.

“Even though I never played it was an unbelievable day and something I will always remember.”

The 40,000-strong Red Army at Parkhead showed their gratification for his part in reaching the final by singing “Peter Pawlett Baby”, based on the Human League song Don’t You Want Me.

He said: “Jonny Hayes had to come off injured (shoulder) just a couple of minutes into that final. Imagine if I had said I was fit, gone on to the pitch and then had to come off after a few minutes.

“That would be two substitutes down very early on and it could have messed the final up for us.

“Saying that I wasn’t fit was the right, professional thing to do.

“I knew I wasn’t right and it would have been unfair on the other lads to say I was fit for that final.”

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