Barry Robson urged his Aberdeen gamers to not be left with the identical kind of cup regrets he has been carrying for the perfect a part of a decade.
Robson was within the Dons aspect which ended a 19-year trophy drought in March 2014 after they received the League Cup by beating Inverness in a penalty shoot-out at Celtic Park following a goalless draw.
Round 43,000 Purple Military followers loved the membership’s first main trophy win since 1995 however the former Celtic and Scotland midfielder believes Aberdeen ought to have received the cup double that season and stays irked that they misplaced 2-1 to St Johnstone within the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at Ibrox the next month.
Forward of the Viaplay Cup semi-final in opposition to Hibernian at Hampden Park on Saturday, Robson, who believes his aspect are “in a great place” following a 4-2 Scottish Premiership win over Motherwell at Fir Park on Wednesday evening, regarded again at his solitary medal with the Granite Metropolis membership and mentioned: “The largest frustration I all the time had – I ought to have received the opposite cup.
“It’s horrible to assume like that. Once you win a cup, the primary time in 20 years for Aberdeen, it’s horrible to assume like that.
“However each time I am going again to that (profitable the cup) the primary thought in my thoughts is we should always have received the opposite cup. We must always have had two.
“St Johnstone beat us at Ibrox and Stevie Might scored. I bear in mind coming in after the sport and I mentioned to Russell (Anderson) and Willo (Flood) that it was the gamers’ fault. It was our fault.
“We had an argument earlier than Derek McInnes (then boss) got here in. It was irritating, we by no means turned up on the day and did the issues we had been getting requested to do.
“You do not wish to have that remorse. In the event you carry your finest efficiency and the whole lot we try to inform them, they’ve an actual likelihood in the event that they keep on with that.
“Clearly we might like to get again there (closing) once more.
“Cash would not matter – clearly it does – however once you look again in your profession, see that feeling you get once you win one thing and you might be with all of your team-mates, it’s a feeling you’ll by no means exchange, ever.
“If somebody brings up Tommy Burns (the late Celtic assistant supervisor and supervisor), I bear in mind once we received the league that yr (2008) or when Aberdeen profitable the League Cup and 43,000 followers, which exhibits you the scale of Aberdeen Soccer Membership and the fan base that’s there, these issues stick with you for all times.
“It’s there for the gamers and that’s the most essential factor once you retire.”