Semi hero Lewis Ferguson said finals were the reason he joined Aberdeen after he headed the Dons past Rangers at Hampden in the Betfred Cup.
Ferguson, son of Gers hero Derek, scored in the 79th minute from a Niall McGinn corner to send the Red Army into raptures and the Pittodrie men into their third final in three seasons, where they will play Celtic.
A 1-0 Reds win at the national stadium followed Celtic’s 3-0 victory over Hearts at Murrayfield earlier in the day. Ferguson, 19, said: “That’s one of the main reasons I came here. Success at this club is winning silverware.
“It’s where I aspire to be – playing at the national stadium in front of 50,000 fans was an amazing experience for me and I’m looking forward to the cup final.”
He added: “It was unbelievable. What an experience for me personally.
“That’s my first game at Hampden and my first semi-final.
“I’m delighted to get the winner. It just makes it that wee bit sweeter.”
Ferguson is carving out a reputation for himself as boss Derek McInnes’ man for the big occasion.
He scored a phenomenal overhead kick against Burnley at Turf Moor and the midfielder has now followed it up by dumping Steven Gerrard’s Gers out of the League Cup.
Of the goal, he said: “It was a great ball in from Niall and it missed (Connor) Goldson.
“Just as it missed his head I thought I could get up above the boy (Ovie) Ejaria and just knock it into the back of the net.
“Thankfully I did.”
After the latest Aberdeen win over the Ibrox side in Glasgow, Ferguson joked about getting one up on his Rangers-supporting pals.
Dad Derek was in the Dons end to support him, while his uncle is former Gers captain Barry.
Ferguson said: “My dad will always support me no matter what, I’m delighted to see a smile on his face at the end.
“A few of my pals in the Rangers end will be disappointed in me, but that was just a bit of a laugh between us. We’ve been winding each other up.”
Aberdeen – who are back on league duty against Hamilton on Wednesday – didn’t have it all their own way at Hampden.
Left-back Andy Considine collided with Lassana Coulibaly in the first half and was taken to hospital – after a six-minute delay – with a suspected neck injury.
Gerrard’s men had a lot of the ball without creating too many chances, while McGinn also missed a good chance for the Reds in the opening period, firing over.
Ferguson said: “They had a lot of possession in front of us, which we’re comfortable with.
“If they’re on the ball, but we’re compact and in our shape, then we’re dogged and determined to just keep moving and let them keep moving the ball about at the back.
“They didn’t put much pressure on us – didn’t create clear-cut chances.
“When the game goes on and on it gives us that wee bit of confidence we can go on and nick it.”
The Betfred Cup final is scheduled for December 2.