Saint Mirren have rewritten the history books this season, but coach Jim Goodwin admits it cannot yet be considered a successful chapter.
It is the first time the Buddies have reached two cup semi-finals since Rikki McFarlane’s side visited Hampden twice in 1981/82.
They have also beaten both halves of the Old Firm in the same season for the first time in 31 years, having knocked previously unbeaten Rangers out of the Betfred Cup and beaten Celtic at Parkhead.
But having failed to secure a top-six finish and suffered heartbreak at Hampden for the second time in four months following Sunday’s Scottish Cup defeat to St Johnstone, Goodwin is disappointed not to have been able to give Paisley fans the happy ending they crave.
Said he, “Every season is about making progress.
“Last year we reached the quarter-finals of a cup and this year we have reached two semi-finals – we haven’t done that for over 30 years.
“We beat Rangers in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, we won at Parkhead for the first time in over 30 years.
“So we’ve done a lot of things this season that we haven’t done for decades.
“When the dust settles we’ll probably look back on the season and think it was a good season – but I wouldn’t say it was a very successful one.
“We set the bar very high this year. We were pretty open and honest with our own fans and the media that we wanted to finish in the top six.
“We didn’t make it, unfortunately, but we’ll learn from it next season and hopefully go a little bit further.”