Dons boss Derek McInnes believes Hampden goal hero Lewis Ferguson can inspire any player who suffers a setback.
Midfielder Ferguson was released by Rangers at 14-years-old after five seasons at the club.
Ferguson’s father Derek and uncle Barry both enjoyed trophy-laden careers at Ibrox.
The teenager rebuilt his career at Hamilton and had the last laugh by netting the only goal in the 1-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final win over Rangers at Hampden.
Ferguson signed a four-year contract with Aberdeen this summer.
Although a free agent, the Reds were ordered by an SPFL tribunal to pay his former club Hamilton, who visit Pittodrie tonight on league duty, £220,000 in training compensation.
Such has been Ferguson’s impact it is understood the Dons are set to open up talks on improving the terms of his current deal.
Manager McInnes said: “Disappointment happens not just for young footballers but in life. It is how you deal with disappointment and react to it.
“Lewis had enough strength, determination and motivation to go again.
“He can be a real example to not just young players but to any player who is maybe deemed not good enough for a club.
“He is an old head on young shoulders and a very confident and calm individual.
“Lewis is a dream to work with.
“His confidence will be sky high going into the Hamilton game after playing such an important role in the semi-final.
“What a brilliant moment for Lewis, to get the winning goal at Hampden.”
Ferguson will tonight go against Hamilton, the club where he resurrected his career, for the first time since joining the Dons.
The teen came through the youth ranks at Accies before breaking into the first team last season having made 14 starts for Martin Canning’s side.
McInnes said: “It is good that Lewis has paid real recognition to Hamilton and particular George Cairns (Hamilton head of youth) at the club who he felt put his arm around him.
“Lewis had strong support from his family and his mum and dad were right behind him.
“He managed to find the strength and motivation to keep going and that is a great thing for any young player to have.”
Ferguson’s goal secured a Betfred Cup final slot with defending champions Celtic at Hampden on December 2.
The cup run has been in contrast to a stuttering league campaign with the Reds languishing in eighth position, 13 points behind leaders Hearts.
Aberdeen have won just three of the opening nine Premiership fixtures to date, with those victories coming against sides lower in the table – St Mirren, Motherwell and bottom Dundee.
McInnes challenged his side to use the Hampden heroics as a catalyst for a rise up the league beginning tonight against Accies.
He said: “There have been some disappointing results this season already.
“There have been reasons why we have not hit top form this season and we want to get back to winning ways in the league against Hamilton. Doing that is very important to us.
“We are looking for far more consistency of performance.
“After Sunday there is a lot of energy about the club and everything has cranked up a bit when you get to a cup final.
“While we enjoyed the moment at Hampden and there is still the feelgood factor about the place, the next challenge comes around quickly.
“We have to make sure we knuckle down and get on with the task in hand against Hamilton. They (Hamilton) have been doing well of late and it’ll be a tough game.”
Aberdeen’s semi-final win over Rangers was also taken in by Championship side West Brom who sent a scout to Hampden to watch Scott McKenna.
The Evening Express exclusively revealed the Baggies were tracking Scotland international McKenna with a view to a bid for the centre-back in January.
They are the latest club to join the race to land McKenna who is contracted until summer 2023.
Aberdeen rejected a £7 million bid from Aston Villa on transfer deadline day for McKenna.
The window for permanent deals for English clubs had closed when Villa made their move but they wanted a loan deal until January before pushing through a permanent move.
Aberdeen also kicked a £3.5m bid from Celtic for McKenna into touch in the summer and will not let their prized defender go for less than an eight-figure sum.
McInnes accepts there will likely be more offers for McKenna in the January window.
He said: “There is no doubt a lot of teams have been watching Scott. I am not surprised clubs are looking at him. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was more interest in Scott in January.
“But we will deal with that when it comes round rather than sit and worry about it in October.”
Andy Considine is out of tonight’s game with a neck injury sustained in the cup semi. He was stretchered off.
McInnes said: “Andy will miss the game but should be back for Sunday’s game at Kilmarnock.”