It is not just Sir Alex Ferguson who has his sights set on Hampden Park. His protege, Alex McLeish, is already there and now he can turn his thoughts to next weekend's Scottish Cup final.
Ironically, it was the club that both served so well, Aberdeen, who were swept aside as the Rangers manager watched Neil McCann and Barry Ferguson decide a Scottish Premier League fixture devoid of real interest.
After last Sunday's frenetic contest with Celtic, this was a time to rest weary bodies before the Old Firm rivals reconvene on Saturday. McLeish made eight changes from the side that played at Parkhead and, if that hinted at under-strength, the return of such luminaries as Claudio Caniggia, Ferguson and Shota Arveladze underlined the huge range of options available to the Rangers manager.
Normally encounters with Aberdeen are even rawer than Glasgow's derby, as the last meeting at Pittodrie in January indicated, when the match was halted by a riot involving both sets of fans. This, however, was different. After securing qualification for the Uefa Cup last weekend, Aberdeen opted for a workmanlike approach in midfield but little hunger to commit men to attack.
Had Derek Young not cleared off the line after nine minutes, when Caniggia met McCann's corner with a firm header, then the pattern may have altered radically. Instead, the visitors began to grow in confidence.