THE walls within Pittodrie offer a daily reminder to Jayden Stockley of the Dons’ 2014 League Cup triumph, fuelling his drive to grab a taste of trophy glory.
Summer signing Stockley has seen the footage of the Parkhead cup win and the triumphant homecoming parade on Union Street in front of 80,000 supporters.
And he is jealous.
Aberdeen will tomorrow take another step on the road to Hampden when they host St Johnstone in the League Cup quarter-final.
Stockley, 23, has fired himself into contention for a start against Saints after coming off the bench to net a bullet header in the 3-1 Premiership win at Dundee.
The striker moved to Pittodrie on a two-year deal as Aberdeen offered the opportunity of securing trophy success, and he is determined to realise that dream.
He said: “Aberdeen won the League Cup a few years ago and I am just jealous looking at all the pictures of that success.
“When you see those photos it just makes you want to taste that for yourself.
“To see the city come together like they did in 2014 with the cup win is what we all want.
“When you look back on your career you want to have moments like that to remember.
“However, we have got a lot of work to do as St Johnstone are a very good team and it will be a tough game.”
Having plied his trade on loan from Bournemouth in the English lower leagues for a number of seasons the latter stages of a cup were unknown territory.
Prior to his Pittodrie move he had progressed no further than the early rounds of the League and FA Cup during spells at Exeter, Portsmouth and Luton.
Scotland is a different proposition as the Reds are two games away from a Hampden final.
Stockley said: “The chance of silverware was one of the things that attracted me to Aberdeen.
“Cup competitions are a bit different up here to down south where you find it difficult to reach the latter stages.
“During my time in England I didn’t get any further than the fourth round in the League Cup, so this is a new experience. It is one that I can hopefully thrive in.”