Morton keeper Andy McNeil believes making a strong start could help them shock the Dons at Hampden.
The 29-year-old accepts Aberdeen start tomorrow’s Scottish League Cup semi clash as firm favourites.
But he’s hoping a positive performance in the opening minutes will put some doubts in the minds of the Dons players over whether they can see off the Greenock side.
“I wouldn’t imagine that Aberdeen will be going into the game feeling particularly anxious,” said McNeil.
“I’m not being disrespectful when I say that, I’m just being realistic.
“We’ve got to start the game well and I think they’ll respect us a lot more.
“If we don’t they’ll be growing in confidence because they will already believe they have a good chance of qualifying for the final anyway.
“If we can go 10-25 minutes playing well, be defensively sound and cause them a few problems up front, that could change.
“It could make them a bit nervous and put them on the back foot.
“It’s all about how we perform and go about our business in those early moments.”
McNeil admits they are also feeling confident after thrashing Queen of the South 5-0 away last weekend in the Championship.
The former Hibs, Airdrie, Livingston and Montrose keeper missed that match because of an injury picked up when they beat Raith Rovers the previous weekend.
He’s fully fit again though, and hoping to get recalled to help Morton back that win up by also beating the Dons at Hampden.
McNeil said: “It was maybe a surprise to a lot of people from the outside looking in that we won so well down in Dumfries. But we’ve been playing really well recently and are keen to test ourselves against Aberdeen.”