Had he chosen the correct option, the chances are that he and his team mates would have celebrated a victory on the journey back to the north-east of Scotland, despite a ratio of possession that favoured Celtic by three to one. Nevertheless, the Dons gave themselves a boost ahead of the Cup replay.
“When we come to Glasgow. we’re full of confidence now,” he said. “I don’t know why we’re doing so well away from home. Maybe it just suits the way we play. I think we were going for eight away wins in a row in the Celtic game but we’ve not lost and that’s the main thing.
“We won’t be fearful of Tuesday night’s game. I thought we were solid at the back against Celtic. We felt like we weren’t going to concede and Celtic really didn’t create a lot of chances.
“If we’d just been able to nick a goal it would’ve given us something to hold on to, but when you go to Parkhead and get a point you’ve got to be happy.
“There’s a lot of stake on Tuesday night. Both teams want to win the Cup and both teams are going to put a lot into it, so whoever’s got the best nerves on the night will come out on top.
“That’s the one thing we want. When you come to a team like Aberdeen you look to win trophies. I played in the semi-final defeat to Motherwell last season and it still eats away at me now.
“It did all last summer. It was a massive opportunity to get to another final and I then left for Birmingham, so, again, it’s now a trophy I’m hoping to try and win.”
Aberdeen, though, must face Rangers without Cosgrove, their top scorer, who is suspended. “I feel we do have the players to hurt Rangers,” Stewart said. “When you play at Ibrox and Rangers don’t start well then the fans start asking questions but, at the end of the day, we need to take care of ourselves and our own performance and see where it takes us.”
For Celtic, meanwhile, the anaemic performance damaged their record – this was the first time they had dropped points at home this season and the first time they had failed to win a domestic game in 2019 – but it did not hurt their prospects. They maintained their eight-point advantage over Rangers plus a superior goal difference with only nine league games left to play – and their next home appearance is the third Old Firm derby of the season, on March 31.