Skipper Ryan Jack today warned Aberdeen will come out fighting at Ibrox to bounce back from their League Cup pain.
The 24-year-old was clearly dejected in the aftermath of the 3-0 final loss to Celtic at Hampden.
Aberdonian Jack accepts questions will inevitably be raised about how the Reds will recover from this setback.
Jack also expects the Dons to receive flak in the aftermath of the defeat to the Premiership leaders.
However, he today reassured the Red Army, who were 22,000-strong at the national stadium, that this loss will not derail the campaign.
And he insisted one dose of Glasgow pain will fire the Reds up for the return to the city on Saturday, to face Rangers at Ibrox.
Jack said: “It is important we come out fighting now.
“We have to show our team spirit and togetherness.
“Losing the final was tough to take. But we will stick together and make sure come 3pm at Ibrox on Saturday we are ready to go again.
“There is no better time and place to do that than at Ibrox.”
Although not a chance at immediate redemption for the League Cup final defeat, a trip to Govan at least offers the opportunity to regain momentum.
Aberdeen have not won in Govan for more than 20 years and trail second-placed Rangers by two points having played a game less.
Victory at Ibrox for the first time in a generation would leapfrog the Reds above Rangers and back into second spot in the table.
As club skipper, lifting his team-mates up from the Hampden heartache is just as important to Jack as the pride of leading them on to the pitch at the national stadium.
He said: “I am sure people will try to question how Aberdeen will react after this defeat and ask how will our team spirit be.
“They will question how the individuals in the team will be. But we are a tough group and have a strong team spirit.
“It is part of my job to pick the boys up.
“There is no time to dwell on losing the final because we have a massive game against Rangers coming up.
“We are disappointed, but this is the type of team where the players battle and that is great to be part of.”
First-half goals from Tom Rogic and James Forrest left Aberdeen, 5-1 outsiders before a ball was even kicked, with a mammoth task.
Although they rallied in the second-half after a poor first 45, a converted penalty from Moussa Dembele killed the contest.
It secured a 100th domestic honour for Celtic, who have defeated Aberdeen three times this season.
“I am really gutted for the boys,” said Jack.
“They are an honest group and put so much into their training and into the club.
“When you are 3-0 down all of the Celtic players want the ball and their fans are celebrating already.
“This was a tough one to take and you are left lost for words about it.
“We are all so disappointed we could not get that trophy.”
Aberdeen were cheered on by the Red Army at Hampden having sold out the 50-50 allocation for the final.
A 140-strong group of fans had set up a mass flag display to greet the Reds as they took to the pitch.
But they never looked like ending Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run this season under boss Brendan Rodgers.
Jack said: “There was a great support with 22,000 fans coming down to cheer us on.
“They created a fantastic atmosphere for us.
“We are just gutted we could not send them home after watching us lift the trophy.”
Jack has already tasted silverware success having won the League Cup with the Dons at Parkhead with a penalty shoot-out win over Inverness Caley Thistle in 2014.
In the build-up to this Hampden contest, Jack had talked of his pride at leading out his home city club in a major final. Only seven players had previously led Aberdeen to cup glory as captain.
The significance of becoming an eighth was never going to be lost on Jack – an Aberdeen fan who progressed through the Pittodrie youth ranks.
Leading the team out at Hampden was the start of a lifelong dream, lifting the silverware in front of the fans, friends and family was to be the conclusion.
He was desperate to join legends like Willie Miller, Martin Buchan, Alex McLeish, Stewart McKimmie and Russell Anderson as a cup-winning skipper.
The failure to join that illustrious group clearly hurt Jack in the aftermath of the defeat.
He said: “This is not a game I will not look back on and want to remember.
“The result ruins the day of leading the team out for a cup final.
“I had said all week that I did not want to get too dragged into it being my first game leading the team out.
“The chance to win the trophy was there and obviously you want that when you lead a team out as captain. I am gutted we could not do that.”