Graeme Shinnie has dismissed talk of the Dons being favourites in today’s League Cup semi-final showdown with Morton at Hampden.
The nation’s bookmakers areoffering of odds of 1/4 on for the Dons to beat the Championship side, who are rated as 12/1 outsiders.
But Aberdeen defender Shinnie knows from his own experiences that the form book can mean nothing in cup semi-finals.
He led previous club Inverness Caley Thistle to a shock 3-2 semi victory over Celtic on their way to winning the Scottish Cup in 2015.
Shinnie said: “Everyone expected Celtic to win the cup that season.
“But the fact Inverness beat them shows how difficult it is to win anything even if you are the favourites.
“To be fair, we had a few good performances in semi-finals when I was at Inverness, including beating Hearts with nine men.
“But the win over Celtic stands out, it was mental because of the way the game went.
“There was the debatable hand ball by Josh Meekings.
“It should have been a foul but thankfully that went for us and we went on to get the winner and knock Celtic out.
“We have also seen over the last few years that the favourites have not won all the cup competitions in Scotland.
“You only need to look at what Morton have done in this competition already to appreciate the strength and ability they have in their squad.
“We better be ready for a very tough match because that’s what we are going to get.
“The key thing is to prepare well and be fully focused.”
Shinnie admitted he’s desperate to beat Morton to move a step closer to adding a League Cup winner’s gong to that Scottish Cup one he earned with Inverness.
He said: “Lifting the Scottish Cup at Hampden is something I will never forget.
“You want to have days like that every season.”
Shinnie also wants to become a League Cup winner to make up for losing the 2014 final on penalties with Inverness to Aberdeen.
Aberdonian Shinnie admitted he would also love to get a taste of what it’s like to take part in a victory parade down Union Street in front of 80,000 fans, as the Dons did when they won in 2014.
He said: “My memories of the 2014 final are that it was not a great game.
“It was a great day though, for Aberdeen and for their fans, who were there in huge numbers.
“To then to see the parade down Union Street, it was something else. That is something I definitely want to experience.
“Here’s hoping I can.”