Ryan Christie is aiming to lift the Scottish Cup for the second time – and he believes Aberdeen are well placed to do it.
Christie won the trophy in 2015 with Inverness Caley Thistle.
And after having that experience the 22-year-old would love to collect another winner’s medal this season.
The Dons start their quest for cup glory today against St Mirren at Pittodrie.
Christie looks back fondly on Caley Thistle’s run to glory and believes he can achieve the same with the Reds.
He said: “Looking back on that it is one of the best moments of my career so far.
“Doing it with Inverness was a nice way to do it.
“It’s nice memories to look back on but it’s time to make new memories.
“After having a taste for it back then I want to go and do it again now and I think Aberdeen are definitely a club who can give me that.”
Christie also believes his experience of winning the Scottish Cup is something that can help him and the rest of the Aberdeen team as they start their campaign today.
He added: “When I think back to the cup run we had with Inverness, we played St Mirren up at Inverness and then we played Partick Thistle at Firhill. They were both sticky games and it was just about getting through the rounds.
“Once you get to the final nobody looks back at them they just saw you got through.
“This game is exactly like that – we just need to take care of it and make sure we get through.”
It has been 28 years since the Dons lifted the Scottish Cup.
Back in 1990 the famous old trophy was won 9-8 on penalties against Celtic at Hampden.
The Reds came so close to ending that wait last season with Derek McInnes’ side defeated by the Hoops courtesy of a stoppage-time winner from Tom Rogic.
Christie believes that as one of the top sides in Scotland the Dons have to be pushing themselves to win trophies.
The man who is on loan at Pittodrie from Celtic revealed the players have had a conversation about the importance of cup games.
The point has also been emphasised after the Dons exited the League Cup at the quarter-final stage in September after going down 3-0 to Motherwell at Fir Park.
Christie said: “If you look at us now in the country, we always try to prove a point that we are up there with the best.
“If you look at it that way we do have to start winning silverware.
“It was disappointing to be knocked out of the League Cup earlier this season, but we’ve got one more chance and we want to push for it.
“We’ve had that conversation about how important every cup game is.
“You’ve got to make sure no matter who it is that you address it in the right manner and you’ve got to make sure you’re 100% prepared.
“Coming back from the trip we feel we’re more than ready to kick on again, but you can’t really take anything for granted.
“It’s a cliche – but it’s one round at a time and we’ll take it from the game today.”
However, Christie is not taking St Mirren lightly.
The Buddies are top of the Championship, eight points clear of Dundee United, and look destined for a return to the Premiership next season.
“They have been good and have deservedly been getting attention because of the football they’ve been playing,” he said.
“They have youthful players and they’ve done very well in their own league and credit to them for being top of the league.
“That aside we’re still very confident.
“We’re strong favourites going into the game and we need to show that.
“Hopefully we’ll come away with the results.”
Today’s clash with the Buddies is the Reds’ first game back after the Premiership’s winter shutdown.
The Dons were in Dubai for a warm weather training camp.
Aberdeen did the same last year and when they returned to action went on to win seven of their first eight games back with the only blip being a defeat to Celtic at Parkhead.
Christie hopes they can do something similar this year.
The midfielder said: “We’ve been speaking about when we came back from Dubai last season and we went on a good run.
“That’s perfect and sets you up very well for the end of the season.
“That exactly what we’ll be looking to do, and it starts today.”
This week has seen rumours swirl about the future of some of Aberdeen’s key players.
On Wednesday, midfielder Kenny McLean, who is going to leave Pittodrie at the end of the campaign, was linked with a £500,000 move to English Championship side Norwich City.
When the Dons were in Dubai they knocked back two bids from Championship Hull City for centre-back Scott McKenna.
On Thursday, the Yorkshire outfit’s manager, Nigel Adkins, said that they were still keen on McKenna and were considering putting in another bid for the 21-year-old.
Christie is keen for both to remain his team-mates.
He said: “Kenny can change games and dictate the game from midfield for us, he’s very good at that.
“Scott since he came in has been incredible for somebody so young.
“You can see it in training. Coming up against McKenna you always think you fancy yourself in training against a young player.
“But he’s a very, very good defender and he is improving game by game, which is only going to better his chances of making it really far in the game.
“They are both very good players for us and we’re hoping to keep them as long as we can.”