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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 14: Derek McInnes the manager of Aberdeen during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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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.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic; Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes with Assistant Manager Tony Docherty

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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.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Graeme Shinnie of Aberdeen and Manager Derek McInnes wave at full time during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Aberdeen and Queen of The South at Pittodrie Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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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.

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