In the aftermath of that game, Gerrard referenced a lack of quality in key areas but assured fans if the club do not have the players now they will find them: "When we do get to this stage again, hopefully, we'll have better players in the final third who can go and take us that step further".
"I'll answer that, it's a warning", the former England skipper interrupted.
"And we've got a good group of lads in there, we've got a good team spirit".
"It's Aberdeen's day, we wish them well".
"I'm really looking forward to seeing the reaction of my players". I thought tactically when we went to 10 we were very good and very professional.
Aberdeen have faced criticism for their league form this year but McInnes insists their recent drop in form is only a blip.
The Dons boss saw his side lose both domestic finals to Celtic the season before last but believes they are now capable of stopping the Hoops in the December 2 showpiece.
Celtic will receive around 25,000 tickets in the North, East and South Stands, while Aberdeen's 20,000 allocation will be seated in the South and West Stands. "We were outstanding in the second half".
Rangers crashed out of the Scottish League Cup at the weekend to Aberdeen, of course, and the inquest will likely still be going on today.
The 21-year-old was one of the first incomings to the Gers under Steven Gerrard, and while he got off to a sticky start in Scotland, he has begun to flourish and is now showing everyone why the former Liverpool legend was so keen to get him in the first place.
"Do I think we can beat Celtic over a cup tie?"