St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin believes his side's underdog status can help them to victory against Aberdeen this weekend, as he doesn’t know how to do it any other way.
The Buddies boss is used to being part of sides who’ve punched above their weight and he’s highlighting the Paisley side’s sensational League Cup triumph in 2013 – when they dumped Aberdeen, Celtic and then Hearts on the way to Hampden glory - as the perfect example.
Goodwin’s men face the Dons in the Scottish Cup last eight tomorrow evening and he said: “Can we use that? Definitely. I live on cloud cuckoo land anyway, as I believe we can beat anybody, and I always have that mindset regardless.
“Every club I was at as a player I was pretty much an underdog. I was never fortunate enough to play for a team that was expected to win every week anyway.
“This Saturday is no different. Aberdeen are a bigger club, there’s no getting away from it, and they probably have a better squad in terms of strength in depth.
“Everyone outside this club will expect Aberdeen to turn up and win the game. In fairness to Derek McInnes and his team, that’s what they’ve done in recent seasons.
“They’ve gone far in the cup competitions, but I believe we are good enough to beat Aberdeen.
“I don’t think we have anything to fear. That’s not disrespectful me saying that. I like Aberdeen and they are a good side.
“But I genuinely think if we get things right on the day, and we’ve done in previous games against them, we can win.
“We don’t have anything to fear. The last time we played Aberdeen in the quarters of a cup was the League Cup in 2013, so hopefully this is a good omen of what’s to come.”
St Mirren took a huge step towards Premiership safety with their 2-1 win at Motherwell in midweek and remaining in the division remains the main goal in Paisley.
But the fight to beat the drop won’t diminish the dream of cup glory.
Goodwin said: “There are probably fans out there who would accept a struggle in the league to win the cup.
“My mindset is that the league is a priority. But, of course, cup competitions are fantastic for everyone and fans can have that dream of what might be.
“You see it all over the world, in every cup competition, on any particular day, any club is capable of beating another.
“It takes the big team to have a slightly off day and for the other to have a great day. That’s what I think we are capable of on Saturday.
“If we were to get through it and get the trip to Hampden, we’d probably bring I excess of 20,000 fans like we did seven years ago.
“The carrot is there for the boys. A lot of them won’t have been this far in a major cup competition in their careers.
“It’s really exciting but we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We’re in a good place.
“We’ve lost three games in 14 in all competitions and two of those defeats came against Celtic and Rangers.
“Hopefully Tuesday night will be the springboard to kick us up the league table.”