Boss Derek McInnes today challenged the Dons to visualise a Hampden League Cup final – then make it happen.
In the first of a massive Pittodrie double-header the Reds welcome St Johnstone in the League Cup quarter-final tomorrow.
Just three days later Rangers arrive in the Granite City for the first time since October 2011.
McInnes insisted the focus is 100% on the cup tie and wants his players to produce a run to Hampden to galvanise the city like the League Cup glory of 2014.
He said: “We have seen the benefits of a strong cup run and how much it helps the club.
“That was shown in our first couple of years at Pittodrie when we won the League Cup and reached a couple of semi-finals.
“A strong cup run can galvanise the city, galvanise the support and makes money for the club.
“The benefits of a strong cup run are obvious and we want some of that again this season.
“You have got to visualise being at Hampden. There is no point playing the game for the game’s sake.
“There has to be an understanding that you are only two games away from a cup final and the experience that brings.
“To be involved in that is why we are all here. We buy into that at this club whether the manager, a player or staff – it is expected of us.”
A successful cup run is all the more vital following the recent poor showing in domestic knockout competitions.
Aberdeen had crashed out of the previous three cups ties at the first time of asking – to Dundee, Hibs and Hearts.
McInnes reckons the pain of those early cup exits can motivate the Reds to grab a taste of cup glory.
He said: “Last season’s cup disappointments, losing in Edinburgh to Hibs and Hearts, was a real low for us. I don’t think there is anything wrong with disappointment and then responding to it.
“However, watching other people lift silverware and take part in finals is not nice.
“We want to make sure we are right in the mix and involved.”