Aberdeen could well find themselves hosting the party nobody wants to hold this weekend – a title party for the visiting team but if Derek McInnes’ side can keep the corks in the champagne bottles for another week it would show they aren’t prepared to settle for being Scottish football’s ‘third force.’
Celtic only need a point to clinch the title at Pittodrie and, given how few games they’ve lost in recent seasons, a title party in the Granite City looks inevitable for Neil Lennon’s side.
But if the Dons can manage to snatch all three points then it would give them a great platform to build from going into the new season.
McInnes’ side will lose a few faces and gain some new ones between now and then but the Dons boss is clearly trying to build the core of a side that is capable of pushing the Old Firm all the way.
Extending Joe Lewis’ contract, keeping hold of Scott McKenna and adding quality young players such as Lewis Ferguson and Sam Cosgrove should see Aberdeen make life difficult for Celtic and Rangers next season.
The Dons have had a great record against Steven Gerrard’s side this season, although haven’t fared quite as well against Celtic.
Starting to put that right with a win against Celtic this weekend and McInnes can have good reason to believe that not securing second in the league this season is only a blip and not going to become a regular thing.