Boss Derek McInnes wants to deliver semi-final success against Rangers for the fans backing the Dons inside Hampden tomorrow.
Around 11,000 members of the Red Army will be inside the national stadium for the last-four clash with the Gers.
The Aberdeen support will be outnumbered by Rangers fans, but McInnes wants to deliver for his supporters and said: “A lot has been made of the fans who are not going to be there.
“But I’m concentrating on the fans who are going to be there and have bought tickets.
“Our focus is on trying to get through for them, they have made the effort to get there.
“We are taking what we normally take to these types of games. We all suffer the pain when we get put out in the semi-final but we all enjoy having semi-final victories.
“Hopefully we can have one of those on Sunday but there will be moments in the game where we need our supporters. We’re not going to get it all our own way but we want to be good enough collectively, on the pitch and off the pitch, to be going back to Hampden after tomorrow.”
McInnes is into his sixth season as Aberdeen manager. Tomorrow’s clash is the seventh semi-final he has guided the Dons to – and despite reaching three finals, only one trophy has been won, the League Cup in 2014.
McInnes is desperate to add to that haul. At this stage in his Pittodrie reign, competing for silverware is viewed as the minimum the Reds should be doing, and McInnes believes that is progression from where the club was when he took over as manager in March 2013.
He added: “It’s not easy to win trophies. We’ve put ourselves in a position where at least we’re competing for it.
“From the outset this season we’re not shy in saying that we want to win cups. We’re one of the few teams that, going into the competition, genuinely believe they will win the cup.
“Hopefully we can do that and hopefully the experiences we’ve gained over the last few years can help us for this one.
“We’re into our sixth season now at the club and we’re trying to put ourselves up there again.
“When I came in I said I wanted to make us more competitive. We never had a way of working and we didn’t have a squad capable at the start.
“I feel as though now every season, with the way we work and the squads we managed to put together, at least we’re managing to give ourselves a chance of bringing silverware to the club.”
Over his time with the Dons McInnes has lost several key players. Having to continually evolve and rebuild the squad is a challenge but McInnes believes this season they have the right blend of youth and experience to be successful.
He said: “You are learning about your team all the time.
“It gets more and more difficult to maintain the standards you’ve set because you lose big players and key players.
“It’s difficult to replace players like Ryan Jack, Jonny Hayes, Kenny McLean, Ryan Christie and these types, who move on because they have been doing so well for our team.
“To keep restarting again is the job we need to try to do.
“We’re trying to get the balance between enough experience in the team and enough youthfulness in the team.”