Lewis Ferguson says he joined Aberdeen to experience occasions like Sunday’s League Cup semi-final.
Aberdeen will battle it out with Rangers at Hampden this weekend in the last-four clash.
For Ferguson, it will be his first senior semi-final.
The 19-year-old joined the Dons in the summer from Hamilton Academical having signed a pre-contract agreement with the Reds during last season.
For the midfielder, one of the main factors in making the move from Lanarkshire to Pittodrie was the opportunity to challenge for silverware.
Ferguson said: “I’m really excited for the semi-final. I’ve never played at Hampden before so I’m buzzing about experiencing the occasion there.
“It’s a step towards where this club want to be in cup finals and cup semi-finals.
“Hopefully we can go and perform against Rangers and get into the final.
“I joined the club because success here is winning trophies.
“I’ve never been involved in a semi-final like this and it’s a massive game.
“I’m just looking forward to it and hopefully I can play in it, enjoy the experience and help us get the win.”
The build-up to Sunday’s semi-finals between the Dons and Gers and Hearts and Celtic has been contentious.
Initially the SPFL announced plans to stage both games at Hampden with Aberdeen’s game kicking off at noon and the other semi starting at 7.45pm.
After complaints from Aberdeen and Hearts and pressure from Police Scotland that plan was scrapped with the Reds’ game being pushed back to 4.30pm and the Jambos playing the Hoops at 1.30pm at Murrayfield.
Ferguson would have been happy to play at either venue but is pleased that their game was moved to a more suitable hour for the Red Army to travel. He added: “I don’t really mind where it is, we’ll just go out and play.
“The way it was arranged with us playing at 12 wasn’t suitable, but it has been changed now and the Hearts-Celtic game is at Murrayfield.
“Everything looks like it’s running smoothly and I’m just looking forward to it.”
Since the semi-final draw was made Ferguson has enjoyed banter with friends and family about the game.
His dad Derek played for Rangers between 1983 and 1990, while his uncle Barry spent 10 years at Ibrox across two spells. Lewis says his father will be supporting him and the Dons on Sunday rather than his former team.
But he can’t say the same for his friends – many of whom he expects to be among the Rangers support inside Hampden.
However, Ferguson is hoping to have the last laugh on Sunday by helping Aberdeen into the final at the Gers’ expense.
He said: “My dad will always support me and I think he’ll be in the Aberdeen end that day – well, hopefully because I’ll be the one getting him tickets. My dad always supports me no matter what.
“I’ve been getting stick off my brothers and my pals about it.
“They are all Rangers fan so I’ve been having banter with them, they wind me up and I wind them up.
“It’s good and hopefully I can go and put one over my brothers and pals and have the last laugh.
“My pals will probably be in the Rangers end so it would be good to beat them.
“Hopefully I can get a goal and be able to celebrate in front of them.”