Kenny McLean wants Aberdeen to make Hampden appearances and cup glory a regular occurrence.
The midfielder grabbed the vital second goal against Morton to secure the Dons’ spot in next month’s Betfred Cup showpiece.
Saturday’s 2-0 win was the club’s first at Hampden since April 2000.
The final on November 27 will be the second of Derek McInnes’ reign at Pittodrie.
And now there is an expectation for Aberdeen to be progressing to the latter stages of domestic cups.
McLean was born and raised just a few miles from Hampden but Saturday was his first senior appearance at the ground.
Playing there is a key reason why he moved to Pittodrie – for the chance to win silverware.
And McLean reckons a club of Aberdeen’s stature should be looking to be battling for cups at Hampden more often.
He said: “When the second goal went in, you realise you’re going to come back to Hampden and you’ve got something to look forward to.
“We set our stall out at the start of the season, we know what we want to do – we want to get to finals of cups, we want to win cups, that’s what we want to do at this club.
“That’s the ambition of the fans, the club and the players, that’s the mentality we’ve got.”
Aberdeen were made to work hard for their victory against a resolute Morton side.
After the Championship club withstood an initial barrage, they looked a threat in the second half.
It was only after Adam Rooney grabbed the 69th-minute opener that the Dons started to break down the Ton’s defence.
McLean commended Morton’s efforts both defensively and in attack.
And he thinks it is a testament to Aberdeen’s character that they did not panic when things were not going their way.
He said: “The start we had was what we wanted, that’s what we spoke about – a fast start.
“We started really well, we hit the woodwork a couple of times, had a lot of chances, a lot of corners, we put the pressure on Morton.
“I think when the goal didn’t come, it was just about being patient and I think we did that well.
“The start of the second half was a bit scrappy, there was not much in the game but when we got the goal, we controlled it after that and showed our qualities.”
Captain Ryan Jack came off the bench in the 85th minute for his first appearance since August.
Miles Storey and Wes Burns also came on in the dying stages of Saturday’s game.
After bringing in eight players this summer, McInnes has arguably the strongest squad since he joined in 2013.
And McLean feels the quality and depth Aberdeen have now makes them a threat to beat anyone.
He said: “When you look around the changing room at the quality we’ve got, it’s excellent.
“The boys on the bench are so unlucky not to be playing, the squad’s excellent.
“The gaffer has brought in players in the summer who are really contributing and everybody is pushing for a place.
“We’ve got boys on the bench who will be disappointed but they know their chance will come and they’ll take it when it comes.
“That’s brilliant for the manager and Doc over the summer, they’re got players to strengthen every position.
“Every position, we’ve got people fighting for places and that brings out the best in each other.
“That’s the best thing when you look around the changing room and maybe if you’re not having a good day, we know somebody has got something to give.
“We’ve got McGinn, Hayes, Rooney, Maddison, Burns coming on, Stockley, the quality we’ve got is there in abundance and that gives you real confidence.”
McLean wants Aberdeen to build on Saturday’s win with another strong showing against Hamilton tomorrow.
Confidence is high within the Dons setup and the club have won six games in a row.
That streak started with a 3-1 win at Dundee more than a month ago.
But McLean sees another match as the key point when the Dons started to build some momentum.
“Going back to the Rangers game, I think it started there, that gave us a real lift and after that, every game has been different in its own way and we’ve won them in different ways,” he said.
“We’ve battled for victories, some of the quality has been excellent.
“The last three games now, that’s 10 goals scored without conceding, so at both ends of the pitch, everybody’s flying and playing at the best of their ability.
“Long may that continue.”