ABERDEEN skipper Ryan Jack admitted to being “devastated” after his side’s 3-0 Betfred League Cup Final hammering from Celtic yesterday.
However, he vowed to play a significant role in getting Derek McInnes’ side back on track to shut up the critics who are already writing off the Dons.
Jack is determined to prove the Pittodrie men can recover and push for honours – starting against Rangers in the Premiership at Ibrox on Saturday.
He said: “I am gutted, absolutely devastated. Celtic were very good on the day and we didn’t hit our heights as a team.
“We are disappointed, but we will make sure we stick together as a team. We have a big one next week at Ibrox. There will be no taking the foot off the pedal because there is still a lot to do.
“There are a lot of points to be played for and big games coming up. It’s important to use this disappointment to fire us up and maybe make sure there is a different outcome when this opportunity comes around again.
“I’m sure everyone will be asking how Aberdeen are going to react and how is their team going to be. Is everyone going to be together?
“Of course, we are. This is as tight a team and a group as I have ever been involved in. We have a great team spirit.
“I have got no doubt that when we turn up at Ibrox at 3pm on Saturday we will be ready to play, ready for that kick-off and ready to put things right.”
The Aberdeen support travelled to Glasgow with a mixture of optimism hoping that an upset would be possible, but there was also a realism which was there for all to see in the empty seats behind the goal. The club had stated that they had sold out their tickets after initially demanding an equal split of tickets after the semi-finals.
Celtic quietly took additional tickets for the upper South Stand and sold these but nothing could be done about the few thousand empty seats behind the goal.
When Aberdeen travelled to Celtic Park to play Inverness in the final a few years ago they took around 45,000 supporters.
The difference yesterday was that those stay away fans didn’t fancy their chances.
Empty seats at a major cup final should really be avoided.
The Aberdeen fans at Hampden yesterday backed their team tremendously and their flag display at the start was truly spectacular.