ABERDEEN manager Craig Brown expects the fight for the Scottish Cup to be fierce now that the Old Firm are monopolising the other competitions.
Rangers and Celtic have pulled away from all other clubs in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and will battle for the first silverware of the season when they face each other in the Co-operative Insurance Cup Final.
Speaking to Press Association Sport, Brown said: "There is a magic about the cup and I think everyone agrees the cup has an appeal.
"It's a distraction from the league but most clubs think this is a new venture and something which can give some success to their club.
"Our only chance of ultimate success this season could be through the Scottish Cup.
"We're not going to win the SPL, only one of two teams will win the SPL, so I think all the rest of us are looking towards the Scottish Cup."