DONS IN 'LAST CHANCE' - CONSIDINE
Andrew Considine believes Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian is the last chance for Aberdeen to end a disappointing season so far on a high.
The Dons will finish the Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign in the bottom half of the table after failing to make the top six before the split.
But victory at Hampden would allow them to take a major step towards claiming silverware, as well as securing a Europa League berth next term if champions Celtic win their own semi-final on Sunday.
Considine told RedTV: "The season has not really gone to plan. We did not get in the top six again.
"We knew after the quarter-final that the bottom six would be where we would end up so everyone has been looking forward to Saturday's game since then.
"It is the last chance saloon to get into Europe, which would be great.
"It is a couple of years since we have played in Europe. That is really where we feel we should be."
Aberdeen's recent record at the national stadium may be less than impressive - they lost 4-0 to Celtic in last year's semi-final - but Considine knows the expectations of those who make the long trip from the Granite City will be high.
He said: "Every time you play at Hampden it is a learning curve so, even although we have lost there on the last few occasions, you do get vital experience.
"It is daunting going there to be honest. There is a lot of pressure.
"The expectation is there because Aberdeen is a massive club and people expect us to be winning cups.
"The first five minutes are always a bit nervy but after that you settle in and then it is not so much an occasion but a game of football.
"Hopefully we can settle first and get a grip of the game."
The centre-half was keen to praise the club's supporters for standing by the team.
He added: "I am proud just to play for this club because it's massive and the support we get is out of this world.
"The support we had down at Hampden last year (against Celtic) was fantastic and I think the numbers are similar this season.
"They can really spur you on. They can help us. They are our 12th man.
"Although we have not done that well this season the support has still been great.
"Every boy in the dressing room appreciates that. Without the fans we would not be the team or the club we are."
Hibs have also endured a tough season and are still battling to secure their SPL survival, but Considine insists league form will have no bearing on the cup tie.
He said: "When we have played Hibs this season every game has been very close.
"I know Saturday is going to be a very tough game but the boys will be prepared for that. We're not expecting anything less than a very hard game.
"League form does not mean a thing when you come into a game like this.
"They have players who can produce a bit of magic to win you a game, but so do we."
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