Skipper Graeme Shinnie today insisted he has returned to Pittodrie from Scotland duty with a spring in his step and is ready to lead the Dons to cup glory.
Shinnie came on as a substitute in the Scots 3-2 Nations League defeat of Israel at Hampden to top Group C1.
The victory secured a Euro 2020 play-off spot for the Scots.
Shinnie will make a quick-fire return to the national stadium when he leads Aberdeen out in the Betfred Cup final against Celtic on Sunday December 2.
It was a debut competitive international appearance for Aberdonian Shinnie, 27, who took his cap tally to five.
He said: “After Scotland duty I will go back to Aberdeen with a spring in my step.
“It was massive to top the group and get the play-off spot.
“I will be back at Hampden soon for the cup final.
“I am desperate to get my hands on a some silverware.”
Celtic’s James Forrest netted a hat-trick in the defeat of Israel to follow up a brace in the 4-0 win in Albania on Saturday.
Shinnie insists it is vital Alex McLeish’s Scots re-inject belief into the Tartan Army that a major finals drought dating back to the 1998 World Cup can end.
He said: “We need to pick up wins to try and get the momentum back and get the nation believing again.
“We are just trying our best to continue to win games and get the belief back in our country that we can get to these top tournaments.”
Shinnie was standing on the touch-line waiting to come on when Israel netted to make it 3-2 and set up a nerve-wracking finale to the clash.
Having beaten the Scots 2-1 in Haifa last month, Israel held the upper hand in head to heads, ensuring the tie was a must win for McLeish’s side.
Had Israel netted late on to secure a draw, Scotland would have finished second and missed out on the Euro play-offs.
With so much at stake Shinnie revelled in the all-or-nothing battle. He said: “It was 3-1 and I was coming on thinking the game might die a wee bit.
“However, Israel scored and then threw everything at it.
“That is the type of game I love.
“I love the fight and the battle and it was the perfect game for me to come on. I love coming on in that sort of game and having to defend for our lives a wee bit.
“I enjoyed it and it is something I want to build upon and go on to try and get many more caps.”
Aberdeen team-mate Scott McKenna played the whole 90 minutes against Israel.
However, McKenna’s centre-back partner at Pittodrie Mikey Devlin missed out on a debut cap. Devlin was set to face Albania but had to withdraw due to an ankle injury sustained in training with the Scots squad.
The defender is touch and go for the Betfred Cup final.
Shinnie said: “I was gutted for Mikey as he had a real chance.
“You get these knock-backs and it makes your comeback even stronger.
“Hopefully he can make it back for the cup final.”
Having secured a debut cap in a 2-0 friendly loss to Peru in Lima in the summer, Shinnie has established himself as part of McLeish’s Scotland set-up.
He said: “I was desperate to get that first cap in a competitive match.
“I had been involved in friendlies and, as good as it is to play in them, the competitive matches are the ones that matter.”