Derek McInnes hopes the disappointment of dropping points from a winning position against Celtic last week can help his side get the job done this time.

The Dons held a lead twice in Sunday afternoon's Premiership fixture before the champions eventually turned the game on its head late on with the introduction of scorers Leigh Griffiths and Ryan Christie. That Aberdeen came back themselves to grind out a 3-3 draw in the dying minutes with a late Lewis Ferguson penalty was enough to ensure McInnes was, at least, satisfied with the result.

McInnes now wants his players to remember what it felt like to lose their lead and fail to beat Celtic at Pittodrie. He wants them to use the frustration as motivation headed into this weekend's Scottish Cup semi-final in Glasgow.

He is confident they will, because there is still even more to come from his players. "I think the players will remember Sunday’s game, they should remember it," McInnes said. "We didn’t want the game to finish and that is not always the case when you play the Old Firm.

"If you are drawing, a lot of the time a point can be seen as a good result. And I never felt that anybody in my team, my staff, our club felt that it was a great result for us. I think it was important how we finished the game. From a winning possession if you lose it, it always impacts more.

"But I do think from looking like the game was being played out, we found a way to get back in and we actually created two or three good chances after we lost the third goal. The response of the team was good, it was no more than we deserved. I thought we were very good in the game, competitive throughout, we were smart with our work.

"It was a good point but it could have been more, and I still think there is more to come from the team and hopefully that can play out on Sunday."

McInnes is likely to be without Dylan McGeouch for Sunday's Hampden Park showpiece as the former Celtic midfielder is expected to be out for a number of weeks with an injury. Celtic, meanwhile, could be missing Kristoffer Ajer who hobbled off in Thursday's Europa League draw with Lille in France.