Aberdeen Under-20s star Seb Ross is targeting a memorable double this season.
The young Dons, managed by Paul Sheerin, reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Youth Cup on Monday with a 2-1 win against Ross County.
They are also challenging to win the Development League and sit just five points behind leaders Hibs.
Aberdeen haven’t won the Youth cup since 2001 and will face either Kilmarnock or Motherwell away from home in the semi-finals.
Ross said: “The thought of a cup final is spurring us on.
“Before the Ross County game everyone in the dressing room said they were hoping to get a game at Hampden.
“But we’ve got a couple of games in the league and then the semi-finals, so hopefully we can go and do a job.
“We stuck together as a unit, even when it came back to 1-1 against Ross County.
“We’re hoping we can do a job in the semi-final.
“it’s Kilmarnock or Motherwell next and we’ll be in high spirits going into that game.
“It would be superb for the players if we could win the cup.
“We’re hoping for the league and cup double, but we’ll take it as it comes week by week and do our best.”
Ross believes one of the main reasons for their fine season is the togetherness and spirit within the squad.
The 18-year-old added: “There’s a real togetherness in the team. We’ve shown throughout the whole season if things get tough we’re all together.
“Nobody drops out and we’re all with each other – and we never give up on anything.
“I think everything we are doing is as a team.
“We go for breakfast as a team, we go for lunch as a team and even after games if we go out for some food it’s as a team.
“We’re all sticking together as a real tight group and it’s showing on the pitch.”
Lining up alongside Ross in the U20s team has been his 16-year-old brother Ethan, who scored the first and delivered the corner which led to the winner against the Staggies.
When asked about playing with Ethan, Seb said: “Of course it’s nice playing with him.
“Growing up together he was always in the younger teams.
“But when we’re together I know his strengths and he knows my strengths, so we can show it on the pitch.”
Against Ross County, Ross captained the Dons because regular skipper Dean Campbell was out through injury and it was a challenge he relished.
“It’s a test for me but it’s one I’m enjoying,” he said.
“I try to do my best in terms of bossing everyone about.”