An encounter with Steven Gerrard helped former Don Stephen Glass on his coaching journey.
But he hopes the Rangers manager leaves Hampden defeated by Aberdeen on Sunday.
The Dons and Gers are set to do battle for a place in the League Cup final at the national stadium this weekend.
It’s a repeat of the 1995 last-four clash when Glass helped the Reds to a 2-1 win before starring against Dundee in the 2-0 final triumph.
Glass, who is now Under-17s coach at MLS side Atlanta United in America, came across Gerrard and now Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers when he was studying for his coach badges.
He visited Liverpool’s training during their 2014 pre-season tour.
Glass was grateful to the time Gerrard and Rodgers gave him back then – but hopes the former finishes on the losing side this weekend.
He said: “When I was doing my badges he was still playing at Liverpool and I did an extra club visit.
“I was in North Carolina working at the time and Liverpool were over for pre-season and I got the opportunity to meet him and Brendan Rodgers.
“I spent the day with them, took in their training session and spent the bulk of the day with the coaching staff.
“It was a chance to spend some time with Steven because we had the same agent when I was younger.
“So I was lucky enough to visit and see how some of these people work.
“It was insightful for me. Brendan Rodgers has such a good knowledge that he knew about me as a player.
“Steven knew about me through our agent.
“But it was great to see the two of them at close quarters, how they handled training and how they prepared for a game.
“Any chance you get to see and speak to people like that first hand is really valuable.
“He has changed things from a club that was finding its way to him pulling it in the right direction.
“This game is more difficult than it might have been a year or two ago because he has put a belief back into the club and the players – in fact it looks like he’s demanded it.
“Any time you play Rangers in a semi-final in Glasgow it will be tough.
“It’s the first time he’s had them in a semi-final and he’ll be wanting to get them to the final so they’ll be ready for it as well.
“You always want your former clubs to win. I won’t make bold statements saying Aberdeen will win.
“But they will be ready for the game and a good performance can take them to the final.”
Glass played his part at this stage of the competition 23 years ago as he set up Billy Dodds’ second goal at Hampden as Roy Aitken’s side reached the final.
The 42-year-old who also played for Newcastle, Watford, Hibs and Dunfermline during his career, was a young player not long in the Dons team and enjoyed the period.
He added: “They were exciting times because I was a young player coming into the first team.
“I was learning my trade and enjoying playing big games.
“You were going into them trying to do as best I could for the team.
“I was lucky that I managed to do well, particularly in that cup run. It was an enjoyable time to be there with the atmosphere and big games that we were playing at that time.
“We had a really good team with really good professionals around me. I was fortunate coming into the team that I had so many good professionals around me who knew how to handle a young player to get the best out of me for the team.
“That semi-final was enjoyable and I managed to make one of the goals and we got to the final which is the number one thing when you’re playing in a semi final.”
Looking at this weekend’s game, Glass can see similarities between 1995 and the current day.
He said: “It’s not dissimilar to when we went to play that semi-final in 1995.
“The outsider probably thinks Rangers are favourites – but Aberdeen will have a determination because they are trying to make a final.
“It’s not expectation that wins semi-finals, it’s the performance on the night.
“The league performances under Derek McInnes have been spectacular. He’s also put a trophy in the cabinet which not many Aberdeen managers have done in recent times.
“This is another opportunity to get to a final and then you start talking about trophies.
“If they keep knocking on the door and getting to finals then he is probably one of the most successful managers Aberdeen have had throughout the club’s history. It’s another target for them to aim at – I know he will have them ready for it.”