Ryan Jack admits he pictured himself lifting a trophy after being named Aberdeen skipper.
So he sees Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final game against Hibernian as a massive game in his career.
The 25-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is undecided over his future so the Scottish Cup could be his last chance to fulfil his ambition.
The midfielder was in the Aberdeen team which won the League Cup in 2014 and later replaced Russell Anderson as club captain.
When asked where lifting the Scottish Cup would rank in his career, Jack said: “It would obviously be the biggest achievement, no doubt. You see the likes of Willie Miller and Alex McLeish and even Russell with the League Cup, and these guys are legends of the club.
“When I got the captaincy there is no doubt I envisioned I wanted to be lifting a trophy for Aberdeen one day as the captain.
“I see this as a chance to get 90 minutes away from doing that.”
Aberdeen are nine points ahead of Rangers with five games left as they look to secure a third consecutive Ladbrokes Premiership runners-up spot, but Jack knows there is an expectation to be challenging for silverware.
“It’s very important because the size of club Aberdeen are, and the fan base that we have, and the squad of players and management we have, there is a big demand there on ourselves and from the fans and the club that we want to win trophies and medals,” he said.
“There is a big demand but we strive to meet that demand.”
Jack is one of three Dons players who are yet to decide on contract offers along with Ash Taylor and Niall McGinn, although manager Derek McInnes has admitted the latter looks set to depart.
McInnes also denied suggestions that Jack could be on his way to Rangers after reports claimed the Ibrox club were lining up a move for his captain.
When asked about the reports, Jack said: “Obviously when things like that come out, it’s difficult for other players and the manager, and it’s difficult for myself.
“But I’m not going to let that distract me in any way. I’m going to make sure that all my focus is on Aberdeen now and until the end of the season and give everything I can to help us secure second and hopefully win a cup.
“This week it’s more about the club and the players trying to get to a cup final. When my future and other players who are out of contract’s futures are discussed, it will get sorted out when the time is right. But this week it’s all about the team and trying to get this club to a Scottish Cup final.”
When asked whether England would be the destination if he was to leave Aberdeen, Jack said: “I’ve not made any decision as of yet. I’m sure when a decision is made it will be announced.
“But I want to make this week all about the Scottish Cup and trying to get this club to a cup final and have the chance of lifting a trophy for this club.”