Ryan Lowe is expecting an emotional weekend, as he prepares to come toe-to-toe with his former employers Bury, who are struggling at the foot of League 1.
The Shakers currently lie two points adrift of safety in 23rd place in table having only picked up a solitary victory, a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe back in late November, in their last nine outings.
Lowe netted 53 times in a century of appearances for the Greater Manchester outfit, helping them earn promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time in nine years in 2011.
Now, though, the Liverpudlian wears the white of MK Dons and when speaking to reddot earlier this week, admitted that although it will be difficult facing his fellow team-mates and friends given the situation they are in, he remains focused on helping Karl Robinson’s side pick up another three points.
He said: “I left them on good terms and I’ve still got a lot of friends there. I speak to a lot of the players regularly as well as the Chairman and their captain Steven Schumacher is one of my best mates so it’s going to be a little bit emotional.
“They’re struggling down the bottom at the moment and they haven’t been picking up many points. It’s not nice seeing one of your old teams fighting relegation but I’ve got to be professional and do my job today. Hopefully, though, they can get themselves out of the mess - after this game of course.
“When Alan Knill brought me in there the target was to get out of the League. The first time round we were very unlucky and just finished outside of the play-offs but then a year later we added a few more players and we finally did it.
“To take a club like Bury into League 1 was fantastic but unfortunately a lot of the lads left, as well as the manager so it was always going to be tough for them in this League but it’s a great Club and I hope it stays in this division.”
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