Dons boss Derek McInnes has backed his players to prove the doubters wrong against Celtic in the Scottish Cup.
Aberdeen will start as second favourites at Hampden on Sunday as they look to beat the Hoops and reach the final of the competition.
Being unfancied by many ahead of the tie is not something that phases McInnes or his players.
Many pundits wrote off their chances of reaching this stage of the Scottish Cup when they drew 1-1 with Rangers at Pittodrie in the quarter-final.
They believed the Gers would be too strong at Ibrox in the replay, but Aberdeen made them eat their words with a superb 2-0 win in Govan secured courtesy of goals from Niall McGinn and Connor McLennan.
McInnes savoured that triumph and he hopes they can prove the doubters wrong again.
The Granite City gaffer said: “I think a lot of people – even if they didn’t say it and plenty did say it – felt we’d missed our chance in the quarter-final game at Pittodrie.
“I didn’t buy into that. I thought we were the better team in the first game and could deliver a performance at Ibrox to get us through.
“I like looking at my players and being vindicated by what we are doing.
“Even someone like (top goalscorer) Sam Cosgrove is proving people wrong and proving me right.
“When people doubt us as a team or as a club you respond to that.”
Celtic under Neil Lennon are trying to chase the treble-treble.
As a result, some have suggested there is more pressure on the Hoops than there is on Aberdeen.
But McInnes doesn’t buy that and says the Dons are under pressure as well as they look to lift the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1990 when they beat Celtic 9-8 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Hampden.
That pressure doesn’t just come from the Red Army – McInnes and his squad put pressure on themselves to deliver success.
He added: “They will be huge favourites for the game.
“It’s a bigger club with a bigger squad, a bigger budget and a bigger support.
“But my 11 can certainly deliver a performance against their 11. When the ball rolls it will be game on and we’ll get right in among it.
“I would probably say in general there may be more pressure on Celtic. People might view it like that because they are chasing that (a treble-treble).
“But we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to win a trophy.
“We’re up against it and we recognise that everyone will think they’re favourites.
“But we are quietly confident.
“I believe there is a performance in us to beat Celtic in this semi-final and my players will feel that as well.”