Barry Robson has revealed the moment he found out he was to take the first penalty in Aberdeen’s historic League Cup showdown.
The former Dons midfielder stepped up to slot home the opening goal as they drew first blood against Inverness after the 90 minutes and extra-time ended goalless in the 2014 final.
The high-pressure kick came under familiar surroundings for Robbo as the game was played at his old stomping ground, Celtic Park.
But the ex-Scotland and Dundee United star reveals he didn’t have too much time to think about it.
With both sides braced for the shootout, he revealed he had to run down the tunnel to use the toilet.
It was only as he emerged from the tunnel again that Dandies boss Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty sprung the news on the midfielder.
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Speaking at Pittodrie ahead of Aberdeen’s clash with Hearts this weekend, Robson said: “The game and extra-time had finished and I’d run down the tunnel to go to the loo.
“I was coming back up the tunnel and Doc and the gaffer were standing there and they said ‘Robbo, first penalty, hurry up’ and that was it. I had to go grab a ball.
“To be fair, I was going to say I’d take the first one anyway. I think its the hardest one. I felt comfortable in myself and I was confident, I knew I would score it and get us off to a good start.”
The cup triumph saw the Dons claim their first trophy in almost 20 years.
They go into the clash with the Jambos currently seven points off the league leaders in seventh spot.
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