Winger Jonny Hayes today warned the Dons are not going to Hampden to make up the numbers against Celtic’s so-called Invincibles.
Aberdeen face treble-chasing Celtic in the Scottish Cup final at the national stadium on Saturday.
Celtic are undefeated in 46 games domestically and are hot favourites to continue that streak by lifting the trophy.
Hayes has other ideas and reckons the Dons, cheered on by a 20,000-strong travelling Red Army, can overturn the odds to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.
He said: “We may be playing against the best team in the country at the minute but we are not just going to Hampden to take part in the final- we are going to win.
“Aberdeen are playing in the Scottish Cup final on merit and it took a long road for us to get there.
“It is the biggest game in the domestic calendar and the one everyone wants to play in.
“We will be playing in front of a full house at Hampden and go into the final with confidence.”
Aberdeen quickly sold out their allocation of tickets for the final.
There will also be a sizeable contingent coming across from Dublin to support Hayes’ bid to add the Scottish Cup winner’s medal to the League Cup gong he secured in 2014.
Hayes said: “The club have been brilliant and have sorted me out tickets for the final left, right and centre.
“People are coming from everywhere, all those Irish fans are Aberdeen fans now.
“I have friends coming from everywhere to go to Hampden for the final.
“The club have been brilliant in making sure the players can get our friends and family there.”
Aberdeen go into the end of season finale on a high following two successive wins in Glasgow.
Hayes missed the 2-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox last week due to suspension.
It was the Reds’ first victory at the stadium in 26 years.
The Republic of Ireland international returned to action and scored in the 6-0 defeat of Partick Thistle.
Prior to that Glasgow double the Dons had lost to Celtic 3-1 at Pittorie having gone three goals down after just 12 minutes.
Despite the defeat Hayes saw enough in that showdown to suggest the Donscan cause Celtic problems.
He said: “The team should take confidence from the performance against Celtic.
“The 3-1 scoreline did not reflect the performance.
“Obviously, we were three goals down early on and had a mountain to climb against a team of that calibre.
“However, despite the scoreline we played really well and certainly had the better chances. That game could have been 4-4.
“From an attacking point of view, we are a lot better than we have been against Celtic in previous seasons.”
Aberdeen will move to St Andrews today as they continue their preparation for Saturday’s final.
The Reds stayed at St Andrews during the build-up to the League Cup final win over Inverness Caley Thistle in March, 2014.
Hayes scored the winning goal in the 3-2 semi-final win over Hibs.
And he insisted the Reds are ready to give absolutely everything at the national stadium to send the travelling Red Army back to the Granite City jubilant.
He said: “It is up to the manager which way to approach the Scottish Cup final.
“Whichever way the manager goes he will have our full backing and we will all try our hardest.
“And hopefully that will see us lift the Scottish Cup.”