After the pain of losing two finals at Wembley last season Max Lowe is determined to make it third time lucky at Hampden on Sunday.
On-loan Derby County left-back Lowe is in contention to start in the Betfred Cup final against holders Celtic.
While on loan at Shrewsbury Town last season the 21-year-old was involved in the League One play-off final and EFL Trophy final.
He lost both within less than two months and that double disappointment is fuelling his bid to overcome holders Celtic.
Aberdeen go into the final reeling from a dismal 3-0 loss at Motherwell blighted by calamitous defending at all three goals.
Lowe reckons that was a timely reality check and valuable lessons have been learned from the Fir Park horror show.
And that defeat has not dented his confidence of finally claiming a winner’s medal.
He said: “When I was at Shrewsbury at the end of last season we lost the play-off final and also lost the Checker Trade final.
“Losing twice at Wembley in finals, it was disappointing times.
“Hopefully, this time it can be third time lucky for me at Hampden.
“I believe we can do it in this final. When we perform and the work rate is there we are a very tough side.
“At Motherwell that wasn’t us at all, that wasn’t an Aberdeen performance.
“It was the real us against Hibs (1-0 win) in the previous game and hopefully we can do the same against Celtic.”
The 21-year-old was an unused substitute in the 1-0 loss to Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy final in front of 41,261 at Wembley on April 8 this year.
Less than two months later he was again on the bench when Shrewsbury lost the League One play-off final 2-1 to Rotherham on May 27 in front of 26, 218.
This time he hopes to be on from the start against Celtic – but is ready to do his bit off the bench if Andy Considine is given the nod to play at left-back.
Ultimately, Dons boss Derek McInnes may not have to make that decision if centre-back Mikey Devlin fails to recover from a foot injury.
If Devlin is ruled out, Considine will move to centre-back with Lowe retaining the left-back role he occupied on Saturday at Fir Park.
He said: “It would be massive for me to play in my first final at Hampden.
“But even if I am on the bench I will do my part for the squad and if I am needed I will do all I can.
“I just want us to win, that is the important thing.”
Overcoming Celtic’s bid for a seventh straight domestic trophy is a feat Lowe believes the Dons can pull off having reached the final the hard way.
Aberdeen overcame Rangers in the semi at Hampden and beat Hibs on penalties at Easter Road in the previous round.
He said: “Beating Rangers in the semi-final shows what we can do, 100%.
“We defended well and Fergie (Lewis Ferguson) nicked the goal.
“To a man we all did our part in that game, but at Motherwell we didn’t.
“We need to look at that and realise everyone has to do their job to get the win in the final.
“We had a tough run to the final playing Rangers and Hibs.
“Now we have Celtic, so hopefully we can come away with another clean sheet, a win and a trophy. That would say a massive amount to everyone else in the league.
“Aberdeen is a massive club and I knew their ambitions from the gaffer who told me it is about cup finals and pushing as high up the table as we can.
“Those are the things we are doing so we have to maintain those standards.”