Boss Derek McInnes today insisted the Dons will not underestimate Morton’s threat in the bid for Betfred Cup glory.
The Dons’ reward for defeating St Johnstone 1-0 is a semi-final against lower league Morton, having bypassed the Old Firm
Aberdeen will face Championship Morton on October 22 or 23.
The win over the Saints, courtesy of a late Adam Rooney goal, is a boost ahead of Sunday’s Pittodrie clash with Rangers.
Jonny Hayes is a doubt to face the Gers having been ruled out of the Saints’ quarter-final due to a tight hamstring sustained during the pre-match warm-up.
McInnes said: “When the Old Firm are in the draw along with a team from the Championship we would probably all want the Championship side.
“Morton probably wanted us as well.
“It will be a tough game. Any team that gets to a semi-final you will have got to play well against to get through.”
McInnes began his career at Morton and made more than 250 appearances for them between 1988-95.
He today paid tribute to Rooney who came off the bench to score the last-gasp winner.
He said: “We had to fight for every inch in the game just to get a foothold.
“The quality from Rooney to guide it into the far corner separated an untidy, fiercely competitive tie.”
Aberdeen were today discovering if Hayes will be ruled out for Sunday’s home clash with Rangers.
Hayes pulled up in training before the match with a tight hamstring and was ruled out of the tie.
McInnes said: “We were dealt a blow with Jonny who was set to start but felt tightness in the hamstring he has had problems with recently.
“The physios had a look at him and said it was too much of a risk.
“We have been without Jonny for six weeks and only had him back for the last few games. We are not going to take a risk.
“We will not risk Jonny against Rangers if he is not right, but I can’t say for certain if he is ruled out or in as a lot depends over the next day or so.
“I don’t think he has done anything to tear it.
“However, there is certainly something untoward in the same area he was feeling before.
“It might be a recurrence of that so we will have to wait and see.”