Aberdeen vice-captain Graeme Shinnie’s burning ambition is to bring silverware to Pittodrie after extending his contract this week.
The 25-year-old agreed a new deal which will keep him with the Dons until the summer of 2019.
The Aberdonian captained Caley Thistle to Scottish Cup glory in 2015 and is desperate to emulate that success with his home-town club.
He said: “One of the highlights of my career was lifting the Scottish Cup with Inverness as the captain. There was no better feeling and I’d want to do that again.
“There’s a chance to do that at Aberdeen with the squad we’ve got.
“To win the cup again is definitely up there as an aspiration and we’ve got the players to do it.”
Shinnie admits he would be tempted by the chance to test himself south of the border in the future – but for the time being his full focus is on helping the Dons cement their position as the second force in Scottish football.
He said: “If the chance comes to go to England at some point I’d have to have a think about it.
“But my sole focus since I left Inverness to join Aberdeen has been to do well for this club and that’s what I’ll continue to concentrate on now that my contract has been extended for the next two years.”
The Dons take on Dundee at Pittodrie tonight knowing a victory would move them above Rangers and into second spot.
Shinnie, however, is wary of Paul Hartley’s Dark Blues, who were knocked out of the Scottish Cup last weekend after suffering a surprise 2-0 loss by Championship strugglers St Mirren.
He added: “Cup games are always difficult to judge. They are always tough ties, no matter who you face.
“The opening 15 minutes of our game against Stranraer was tough because it was a big game for them and they were keen to do well.
“They started off well and after we scored two goals we controlled things.
“I remember games when I played at Inverness when we lost at Ayr United.
“The lower league sides love to cause an upset against Premiership opposition.
“Dundee will be looking to bounce back quickly, so we’ll have to be on our guard.
“When you’ve had a result like that you can’t wait for the next game to come round and they’ll be no different.
“But we are coming off three successive league wins and one in the Scottish Cup against Stranraer and if we play as well as we have been against Dundee we know we have a good chance.”