The biggest story in Scottish football this week is the exit of Celtic manager Neil Lennon. He resigned this week, and his assistant John Kennedy will now take interim charge of the Parkhead club.
That story has an impact on Aberdeen to an extent, as they will be the visitors to Celtic Park on Saturday in Kennedy’s first game in charge.
Aim should be to win game
Despite the significant change at Celtic, Aberdeen’s ambitions for the game shouldn’t change. Their aim should be to pick up three points which will keep the pressure on Hibernian in the battle for third in the Scottish Premiership.
It could be argued that the game is much more important to Aberdeen than it is to Celtic. Aberdeen have something to play for, third place. Whilst Celtic will probably finish second, and are out of contention for the league title.
Will interim manager throw a curveball?
Perhaps Derek McInnes might have a slight concern that Celtic will play with a freedom now that Lennon has resigned. John Kennedy might throw a curveball in his team selection that McInnes isn’t expecting.
Should that happen, then McInnes may have to make some changes to combat that, but he is capable of doing that.
The game was always going to be intriguing as Aberdeen pushed Celtic close in a 1-0 loss at Celtic Park around two weeks ago.
The managerial change at Celtic has only added to the interest in the game. However, Aberdeen’s motivations should remain the same. Three points to keep the pressure on Hibernian in the battle for third place, a win which would give the team plenty of confidence for the rest of the season.