Suddenly a season full of promise for Aberdeen Football Club looks doomed to end without a trophy, especially after losing out to derby rivals Dundee United in the League Cup semi-final on Saturday.
It was a bitter blow for the Dons after taking the lead early in the second half, but failure once again to build on their advantage proved to their undoing.
There is, of course, the outside chance that the Pittodrie outfit can put behind them the huge disappointment of failing to retain the cup and go on to lift the league title.
Three weeks ago that would have looked a possibility, given their apparent confidence in the ability to deliver, but four dropped points in two weeks against lesser lights Dundee and St Johnstone has seriously dented the case.
The likelihood of Celtic falling apart in the run in is also too much to expect, given their experience of winning league titles, indeed who would back against the Parkhead pulling off another treble, although on Sunday’s showing against Rangers in the other semi-final it is not a racing certainly
Talking of the big one, makes you wonder what all the hype was about.
Celtic and Rangers may not have met in a competition for three years, but for most of us neutrals another three-year gap may be no bad thing.
The Parkhead side did what they had to do in a game in which Rangers were so far off the pace it was embarrassingly painful to watch, begging of course as to why Celtic did not run in more goals. An Old Firm deal perhaps? I think not.
It was certainly not a good advert for the Scottish club game, in stark contrast to the ebb and flow of the Aberdeen game in which the result was in doubt right up until the final whistle.
On second thoughts perhaps the Dons have an outside chance of catching the champions, though it is unlikely Celtic will be as lacking in enterprise over the next three months. No, much as I would like to think otherwise, it’s my belief the Dandies have shot their bolt, and might even struggle to hold on to second place in the premiership.
Dundee United, on the other hand, will have received a huge boost after getting to the League Cup final, and I predict they will go from strength to strength in the coming weeks, especially as they also look set to enjoy an extended run in the Scottish Cup.
There’s one thing for sure, there will be no shortage of excitement as the season draws to a conclusion.