Alex McLeish believes Aberdeen must look at a League Cup run as a “chance at glory”.
The Dons legend won the trophy twice as a player during the club’s heyday during the 1980s.
The Dons won a host of honours during his time and he believes success in the League Cup could set the club up nicely for the rest of the season.
Aberdeen’s home tie with St Johnstone tomorrow is the only all-Premiership affair in the quarter-finals.
After struggling in the cups last year, Derek McInnes’ team are eager to make amends this year.
They have already beaten Ayr United 2-1 to get to this stage but this is their first real test in the competition so far.
McLeish acknowledges Celtic are strong favourites for the title and feels the Dons should set their sights on a cup run to satisfy the Pittodrie faithful.
And with a semi-final just one game away, the club must make the most of their home advantage.
Aberdeen were held them to a 0-0 draw on the first day of the league campaign.
McLeish said: “When we won the cup, we had a procession through the city and everybody on that bus said ‘we want to do this again at the end of the season’ so it gave the players extra motivation for the rest of theseason.
“You accept that Celtic are the hot favourites for the championship, so this is a chance at glory.”
St Johnstone have proved tricky opponents for Aberdeen in recent years with games between the twotypically quite close.
McLeish admitted the last time he saw Aberdeen live was in the surprise 5-1 shellacking at Pittodrie last season.
McLeish acknowledges it is a tougher test than either Celtic or Rangers face to get to the semi-final.
But he feels that by facing a strong opponent, the Dons will be prepared for whatever comes next.
He said: “You can often win the cup by being drawn against smaller teams from different divisions, you can go right through to the final and get a lucky draw.
“When you play one of your closest rivals, that’s what St Johnstone have been over the last few years, it will be a good test for the Dons.
“I only saw one Aberdeen game live last year and it was the St Johnstone game that finished 5-1, they went crazy, but results have been very close between them.
“Aberdeen have home advantage and that could be a big swing.
“We always used to think it didn’t matter who we got as long as it was a home tie.”
McLeish also expects the home fans to be treated to a much-improved Aberdeen.
After an impressive 3-1 win at Dundee, the former Scotland boss believes the squad will be eager to go again.
He said: “I bet you the Aberdeen players after the really good victory at the weekend cannot wait for the next game.
“There will be such a feelgood factor after that game, the way they played, the emphatic 3-1 victory, they will be really looking forward to St Johnstone.”