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Scott Wright determined to live his own version of Aberdeen’s 2014 League Cup triumph

Aberdeen FC parade the Scottish League Cup trophy through the city centre after their 2014 triumph.
Aberdeen FC parade the Scottish League Cup trophy through the city centre after their 2014 triumph.

It would be the classic tale of local boy done good.

Scott Wright is a proud Aberdonian and was a starry-eyed youngster when the Dons lifted the League Cup in 2014.

Yet to make his first-team debut, he nonetheless experienced the big day out at Celtic Park, with Aberdeen defeating Caley Thistle on penalties to end their long wait for a trophy.

Now, with a place in the final of the competition at stake this weekend, the chance is there for him to live the dream himself.

He said: “I know what these appearances mean to the people here and a semi-final is massive for us, especially at Hampden. There’s an extra incentive because it’s Rangers but we can’t get carried away with it being Rangers or a semi-final. We know it’s a big game but can’t get caught up in the hype and be carried away and must stay focused on our jobs.

“It (2014) was such a big thing for the city, never mind the club. We took 40,000 to Celtic Park and that was unheard of. It was a massive thing and I’m sure it would be a massive thing again if we could do it.

“It was my first year full-time and I remember going to the game and there was a function afterwards we all went to. The rest of the boys went out on the town and I had to go home as I was just a little pup. I have great memories of it but I would love to be properly involved in the team now and really feel as if I’ve played a part in doing something.

Scott Wright was a teenager when Aberdeen won the trophy four years ago.

“That season I was on the fringes, hadn’t made my debut, trained here and there with the first team. It was a case of ‘If this is what is there for me, I want more of it’. It was a case of getting my head down and training and hard and proving to the manager I deserved to be in his team.”

The game at Parkhead was hardly a classic; it finished 0-0 after extra-time, with neither side showing the intensity required to stave off the inevitability of penalties.

But the celebrations afterwards, thanks to spot-kick misses by Billy Mckay and current Don Greg Tansey, were worth the wait.

The Dons had gone 18 years without lifting a piece of silverware, since winning the same competition in 1995, when Duncan Shearer and Billy Dodds saw off Dundee and Stephen Glass, somewhat sheepishly, received his man-of-the-match bicycle on the pitch.

Wright has been with his home-town club since joining the under-11s age group. Raised in Balmedie, eight miles north of Aberdeen, to Dons-supporting parents, the club was always likely to be in his blood.

Wright said: “My mum and dad are Aberdeen fans and have spoken to me about the glory days. It was nice in 2014 in my first year as a full time pro to see the club win a trophy, even if I was on the outskirts of it. Hopefully I can really make sure we can win this cup and I can say I’ve staked a claim and been a part of it.

“I remember when we went to the function afterwards. My family dropped me off and everyone was getting pictures with the trophy and the gaffer came up to me with the trophy and said: ‘How do you feel?’ I told him it was great and he said ‘Hopefully we can get more of these at this club’. He spoke before about how positive he is about it, you can tell how hungry he is to win trophies here.”

Russell Anderson, Andy Considine, Barry Robson and Ryan Jack got to live the Aberdonian dream in 2014, lifting a major trophy with their local team.

Wright in action in the second round against St Mirren.

It is an achievement Wright longs to add to his own CV, should the Dons see off a familiar rival on Sunday.

The trophy has been in the Granite City this week and midfielder Wright would love to have it back for keeps.

He said: “Hopefully I can get my hands on it one day, I’ve not been too bothered about touching the trophy when it’s been around the club this week but I’d love to get my hands on it, especially being a local lad. That will be a great thing to say I’ve done, I’ve won a trophy for my local team.

“However, we’re not near that stage so I’m not thinking about that – yet. My main focus is if called upon for Sunday I’ll be ready to do my job.”

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