The last time Aberdeen were at Hampden Ryan Christie was part of a team that suffered a 3-0 defeat from Motherwell in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
It was a bitter sweet moment for the midfielder who faced a re-run of his experience from a year ago of qualifying for a national final and being ruled out.
The day after the Dons were beaten Celtic demolished the tribute act 4-0 on their way to clinching the double treble.
On Sunday Christie will get another final chance, against the club that he spent 18 months with, twice helping Derek McInnes’ side into second place in the SPFL.
No Celtic player knows the Dons better than the former Caley Thistle man with the 23-year-old looking forward to ‘renewing friendships’ at Hampden.
“It’s obviously quite funny how it works out as it will be against Aberdeen this time,” Christie told Sky Sports. “Everybody wants to play in cup finals so hopefully I’ll get that chance on Sunday.
“Obviously when you first sign the loan deal you are kind of reminded of that, you just pass it over, but then the cup final comes around and I realised how frustrating it was.
“It was at the end of the season as well. Obviously, at the time it was frustrating but it is funny how these things work out.”
If successful on Sunday Christie will complete his collection of domestic medals having picked up a Scottish Cup winners medal in 2015 with Inverness Caley Thistle.