Now, almost three years later, Rangers head to the Granite City determined to maintain the decent form they have enjoyed in recent matches in the Scottish Premier League.
Smith said: "Since I have come back to the club we have not had a great deal of success there so we would hope for better fortune.
"There is a change of manager there this season with Mark McGhee taking over and I know he will relish a game against us this weekend.
"However, from our own point of view, we just want to keep things going and make sure that we play well.
"We have a decent away record in the league this season but we recognise that it will be a big test for us up there."
The last meeting between the two clubs ended in a goalless stalemate but Smith believes Rangers have improved since that draw back in September.
"When we played Aberdeen earlier this season, we were on a poor run of form," he told Rangers News.
"We had three goalless draws in a row and it was as poor a spell as we have had in recent years.
"We were not creating opportunities the way we should have been in that match and in the games with Motherwell and Kilmarnock before it.
"Aberdeen defended very well that day and we weren't good enough to open them up.
"However, we have picked up since then and I am hopeful we can cause them a lot more problems this time.
"It's always a good game up at Pittodrie. There is a bit of an edge to the game and hopefully we can come out on top."
Aberdeen face back-to-back games against both halves of the Old Firm and midfielder Mark Kerr has targeted points from both Rangers and Celtic.
He told RedWeb: "It is a massive week coming up with Rangers on Saturday and then a trip to Parkhead.
"The gap between the Old Firm and the rest of us isn't maybe as big as it was but we know they still have quality all over the park and on the bench so it always takes something special to get anything off them.
"In saying that, I think we are in good shape to give both of them a challenge.
"If we can come out of these two games with some points behind us, I think we'll have every reason to be pleased."
Rangers 4/5, Draw 13/5, Aberdeen 10/3