New Zealand international Rory Fallon says the prospect of reaching his first cup final as a player will help spur him on to beat Hibernian on Saturday.
The 30-year-old striker was named Scottish Cup player of the round last time out after his double helped Aberdeen past Motherwell at Fir Park.
Fallon and the rest of the Dons squad are aiming to end the club’s 17-year trophy drought and the former Plymouth forward can’t wait to run out at the national stadium.
He said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to get in the final and that in itself is a great honour.
“Not many people are able to achieve that in their career. I for one have not been in a cup final yet so to be in that is a great opportunity and then we have the chance to win it. On any given day anyone can win whether that be Celtic or anyone else.”
The cup also presents the opportunity to gain entry to European competition next season and Fallon says that’s something every player dreams of.
He added: “It’s a great opportunity to play in Europe and all the players want to playing in that.
“It’s one of those little dreams that you have when you’re a professional footballer but most of all it is to win the cup and to get there we have to win the semi.
“All the lads have had one eye on the semi-final and everyone is hoping they don’t get injured.
“Obviously we got a great result in the league and that stands us in good stead and now it’s the big game for us. This is where the big opportunities are for everyone.”
Fallon has scored six goals in 25 appearances for Craig Brown’s men, with four of those coming in cup competitions.
Previous meetings between the sides this term have seen two 0-0 draws with the Dons winning 1-0 at Pittodrie on December 17 last year.
Fallon says he doesn’t care if this weekend’s match isn’t a classic as long as his team come out on top.
He added: “At the end of the day, everyone wants an exciting game but I’m happy for it to be a 1-0 win to Aberdeen and it can be the ugliest game in the world as long as we get to the final I don’t care.
"We want to look good but when it comes to getting into a cup final I don’t think we’re going to be too choosy how we perform just as long as we win.”