Teenage hat-trick hero Scott Wright accepts his sensational shift in the 6-0 rout of Partick Thistle is unlikely to earn a Scottish Cup starting slot.
However, the Balmedie-raised attacker collected the match ball which he will treasure for the rest of his career.
The 19-year-old was delighted to have shown to boss Derek McInnes what he is capable of.
That could prove important with Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn set to leave in the summer.
Wright said: “I got the ball, and said to the referee during the game to make sure I got it.
“I will keep it at home with my top and they will be special for me.
“Although I had scored a hat-trick for the U20s before, it is obviously different for the first team.
“I was trying to show the manager what I can do, and hopefully took my chance.”
Dons boss Derek McInnes is likely to go with the tried and tested Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn for the final against Celtic.
But Wright proved he could make an impact at Hampden if needed.
On whether his impressive shift could force his way into the starting line-up on Saturday, he said: “I have probably given myself the best chance.
“With Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn it is going to be hard to oust them out of the team.
“Especially when they are two of the most consistent players in the league, never mind Aberdeen’s first team.”
“But if I get a chance I will give it my best.”
Wright made his second start for the Dons having been in for the beginning in a 4-0 loss to Ross County at the end of last season.
He had to wait a full year for his next start but took full advantage of the opportunity.
He said: “I have not had that much game time this year but you just have to take your chance when you get it.
“I thought I did that.”
It is three years since Wright made his Dons debut as a substitute in the 5-0 Europa League defeat of Daugava Riga at Pittodrie.
As well as a clinical hat-trick Wright terrorized the Partick Thistle defence in the Premiership closer.
There were no nerves from Wright when informed he would start.
He said: “I was actually quite relaxed.
“We traveled quite late and there wasn’t much time to think about playing.
“It was just into the hotel, have a sleep and wake up.
“With the game being an early kick-off there wasn’t much time to think about the situation.
“The manager and assistant Tony Docherty were so supportive before the game, during it and also at full-time.
“They told me to be positive, get involved and play the way I have been training.
“The boys in the dressing room were all delighted for me, especially with it being my second start.”