By Kyle Gunn

St Mirren midfielder Cammy Smith will face his boyhood heroes Aberdeen in the BetFred Cup this weekend and believes his side can get a shock result. 

He was part of the Saints team which went down 4-1 at Pittodrie in the Scottish Cup in January.

And the former Dons’ kid is looking for a better outcome this time around.

The 22-year-old said: "It’ll be a tough game. We had them in the Cup last season and got a poor result. This time it’s Premiership v Premiership and we have to try and get the result we want.

“We deserve to be in the Premiership after last season but we now need to prove it by having a good season. We had a good win at Dundee and then Ibrox was tough, but it was a decent enough start.

“We’ll have a plan for Aberdeen and try to put it in place. There’s no reason why we can’t get a result.”

Smith admits he may have been a bit impatient quitting the Granite City when he did.

He continued: “I’d come to a crossroads and was maybe a bit more impatient than I needed to be.

“I was chapping the manager’s door and wanting to play and I look back now and think I could have been patient.

“The lads at 19 now are waiting to play but I was impatient at that age.

“We came to an agreement to let me go and I had a boss here who had faith in me.

“We won the league last season and now I aim to kick on in the Premiership.

“I wanted it to work out at Aberdeen, but since I’ve left I’ve kicked on.

“At the end of the season I’ll hopefully have made around 200 first-team appearances and I hope I can look back on this as a successful move.”

The former Dundee United hitman rebuffed talk of a free hit for the Saints, insisting that the side will still be putting pressure on themselves to get a result. 

He continued: “I can see why people think it’s a free hit as the pressure is on Aberdeen to have a run.

“But you put pressure on yourself to win and do well and for us we want the result.

“I can see from the outside people think this is a no pressure game. For us though it’s important.”