Aberdeen forward Scott Vernon is desperate to experience another cup final with the Dons.
The Englishman, pictured, came on as a substitute during the League Cup win against Caley Thistle and converted one of Aberdeen’s spot-kicks during the penalty shootout. The 30-year-old forward, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has made no secret of his desire to remain at Pittodrie.
More than 40,000 Aberdeen supporters descended on Parkhead to watch the final and Vernon hopes the Dons can give the Red Army another cup final to look forward to with victory against St Johnstone in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final.
He said: “It was unbelievable. The support was so good, we really didn’t expect it to be as amazing as it was. We want to experience it all over again in May and we will give St Johnstone our full attention.
“It meant a lot to me to get the winner’s medal as these sort of things don’t happen a lot so you have to make the most of them.
“That was something to savour and cherish but it’s great we are in with a chance of doing it all over again so soon.
“I wish we had won the final in 90 minutes but on a personal note I was really happy to get a bit of time on the pitch in extra time.
“Then when it went to penalties I was always going to put myself forward to take one so I was glad I could make a positive contribution to us winning the trophy.”
The Dons defeated the Perth Saints 4-0 at the semi-final stage of the League Cup and Vernon reckons that victory will give Derek McInnes’ men an advantage when the sides meet at Ibrox this weekend.
Vernon, who joined the Dons four years ago, has been part of several disappointing cup defeats to lower league opposition during his early days at Pittodrie but is pleased to see the current crop turning into cup specialists.
He added: “Our record against St Johnstone this season gives us real belief we can do it again in the Scottish Cup semi final.
“It might be a bit of a psychological block for them coming up against us again but we are aware anything can happen in a cup tie.”