Joe Shaughnessy says he’s looking forward to a Pittodrie return as St Mirren face his old side Aberdeen tonight.

The Buddies travel to the north-east hoping to end a five-game losing run. After a good start to the season, Jim Goodwin’s side have been hit with a terrible run of injuries, suspension and positive COVID-19 tests.

A tough task awaits them against a strong Dons squad and Shaughnessy knows this better than most, having started his professional career with Aberdeen.

It’s always nice to go up to where it all began according to the Irishman but it would be made perfect by earning a fantastic result against Derek McInnes’ side.

“I enjoy going up there,” said Shaughnessy. “I enjoyed my time there. I still know a few of the staff and players that are there. It is a nice place to go and it will make it sweeter to go there and get a result.

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Shaughnessy started his career at Aberdeen. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“They have done what they have done the last five or six years, they pick up results along the way. We know it is going to be a tough game up there but there is no reason we can’t go and get a result.

“A Friday night in Aberdeen is not easy. To go and get a result could give us a kick start. It is much too early in the season to be worrying. I see the quality every day in training. It is there, it is just a case of getting out of this run and I am sure the quality will show.

“There is enough experience in the squad. I have been in a run like this before, it is probably up to the lads that have been there before to keep everyone’s heads up and keep positive and make sure everyone is training the right way.

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Shaughnessy returns to Pittodrie this evening (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We know it will turn around, we just have to put the work in to do it. I have been around long enough to know you are not going to win every game in football. We know what we have to do to get out of it. It’s just a case of getting our heads down and get working through it.”

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