28 May, 2017
"Nobody expects us to win the game in light of the season Celtic have had, but there is still the same demand from myself on the players to make sure we put in a performance because we feel we can win the game", he said.
Tom Rogic netted an injury time victor as Aberdeen's hopes of denying Celtic a domestic treble ended in disappointment. True, they lost 3-1 to the champions at Pittodrie this month but after a awful start to the game - they were three goals down after 11 minutes - Aberdeen actually played well.
"It's the best feeling and it's going to last a long, longtime".
"It should be a cracking atmosphere". We'll have a go at it again next year. Not just their energy and attitude but actually the quality of their football. "But that was a good day and hopefully we can have some more". "We look forward to the final and regardless of what happens".
Both sides were wracked with nerves in the second half as Aberdeen sat deeper and deeper but Celtic couldn't find a way through until Rodgers" "Magic Man' Rogic weaved his way into the box and slotted home the priceless victor.
So what hope do Aberdeen have?
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Bilic also revealed that Andy Carroll will remain on the sidelines until the new season, after initially hoping he may be back in time for their last fixture.
The Dons were nullifying Celtic's attacking threat, although Griffiths went close with a powerful free kick a minute before the break. But - to be fair - Aberdeen gave us a great game today.
As for the favourites, Brendan Rodgers' Celtic side sealed the league title with 106 points, failing to lose a game all season.
The former Manchester City player, who signed for Celtic in 2015, said: "You know when you don't play that much and you get into the team you always try to have the tendency to do too much to impress people, I remember he said he didn't want me to do that".
The last time these two met in this competition Aberdeen in fact came out on top, winning 2-1 at Celtic Park in the 5th round of the 2013/14 season.
A dejected Dons manager Derek McInnes admitted his side were beaten by a touch of "class" by Rogic but is confident that his side can go one better next season.