There have been some Pittodrie crackers to savour between these two teams over the years and there's a real feeling the latest Premiership installment will deliver again.

Aberdeen and Celtic know how to provide the thrills with the hosts looking to go level on points in second place with the out of form champions.

Derek McInnes has become the master of reinvention in the Granite City and his current side look capable of producing another successful season.

His opposite number Neil Lennon knows how to win but even he will be aware of the magnitude of this one after successive defeats to Rangers and Milan.

It's 13 years since Celtic last lost three consecutive games and the Hoops boss will be hell-bent on making sure that doesn't happen.

There may be no fans but expect plenty of endeavour and excitement on a game that could have a major say on the destination of the title.

The stakes don't get much higher and we'll be with you all the way ahead of the High Noon shodown.

Lennon's candid admission

(Image: Craig Williamson/SNS Group)

He doesn’t jump around his technical area kicking water bottles like he used to.

These days, Neil Lennon rarely flies off the handle or talks in headlines but don’t be fooled into thinking that the Celtic boss doesn’t care.

Off the back of an Old Firm defeat to Rangers and a midweek Europa League loss at the hands of AC Milan, he’s hurting like any Hoops fan at the moment.

Some of them, who can’t be in the stadium, want to see firebrand Lenny again.

The guy who promised to bring the thunder back to Parkhead when he first walked in as gaffer a decade ago.

This is a different Lennon, second time round. He’s just faced one of the toughest weeks of his managerial career. Not just because of two results but the Covid nightmare that’s had such a detrimental effect on his squad.

In the past, he’d have got frustrated.

Not now. Some fans might see this new demeanour as a sign he’s somehow not as invested as he used to be.

READ MORE: Neil Lennon in Celtic ‘hardest period’ admission as he reveals the fundamental question he’s asked of himself

The bizarre 22-goal salute

(Image: SNS Group)

Sky Sports have posted a strange promotional video for Aberdeen vs Celtic that features 22 Hoops goals and none from Aberdeen.

The one minute compilation video features a green counter tallying up 22 goals from Celtic at Pittodrie going back to the Brendan Rodgers era.

The footage features former stars such as Kieran Tierney, Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair as well as those in the current squad.

It begins with Ian Crocker saying: “In recent years this fixture has become one of the most significant showdowns in Scotland, a game that always has an edge.”.

Goal footage begins with commentary and each goal is tallied up on the counter.

Not a single Aberdeen goal is played on the video which finishes with the Hoops’ 2-1 win at Pittodrie on February 16 this year.

Furious Dons supporters moved to criticise the twitter post, questioning the significance of the 22 goal tally with @RyxnWxtonn saying: “Didn’t realise it was Celtic vs Celtic today?”

It’s not the first time Sky’s coverage of the Scottish game has sparked controversy with their use of incorrect graphic for clubs becoming a regular point of consternation.

The gaffe comes as the company has been widely praised for a renewed focus on the Scottish game this season with in-depth coverage and the addition of the likes of Ally McCoist and Darren Fletcher to their punditry roster.

Ferguson ready to go

The prospect of going up against Scott Brown and Callum McGregor could be a daunting one for a young Scottish midfielder.

The Celtic pair have amassed a staggering 35 trophies between them. They’ve been there and done it for club and country.

So preparing for a joust against the Hoops duo might faze some players.

But not Lewis Ferguson or Ross McCrorie.

The two Aberdeen upstarts have respect for their opponents – but fear no-one.

And as they prepared for the visit of Celtic to Pittodrie today, Ferguson says he can’t wait to lock horns with Brown and McGregor in the engine room.

READ MORE: Lewis Ferguson sets out Celtic battle plan as Aberdeen star wary of ‘top side’ backlash

The bleak Celtic verdict

(Image: Craig Foy/SNS Group)

Hugh Keevin has his say in today’s Sunday Mail and he doesn’t hold out much hope for the Hoops or their manager.

Rangers have a better team than Celtic in every department on the pitch.

It’s a major problem if you have to finish above them in order to win 10 In A Row.

Unless Neil Lennon’s side can beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie today, tens of thousands of Celtic supporters will voluntarily self-isolate until next May.

The pubs may be shut by order of the government but The Last Chance Saloon is open in the Grampian region and a virtual crowd of television watchers will hound the manager if his team is disorderly.

Lennon will go from revered to reviled if Celtic lose.

Hello and welcome!

The Granite City is chilly on a good day but these two teams won’t need any warming up for this one.

It’s one of Scottish football’s marquee match-ups and we’ll be without the day for the all high drama from Pittodrie.