Upcoming Celtic opponents Aberdeen are in quite a state at the moment, with Neil Lennon and his squad set to visit Pittodrie on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership.
Derek McInnes’ team haven’t scored a single goal in their last five matches, finding themselves on the receiving end of defeats to Motherwell and St Johnstone.
They also failed to beat Kilmarnock at home in the Scottish Cup at the weekend, playing out a dour 0-0 draw and being forced into a replay.
The Scottish Sun have reported this week that it was during this match explicit chants were aimed at the Dons boss from disgruntled supporters.
It’s said by the paper ‘Derek, Derek get to f***’ was heard loudly from the Red Shed section of the stadium.
Clearly tensions are running high and Lennon’s Bhoys could well be making the trip to Pittodrie at the perfect time.
Now, former Celtic star and BBC pundit Kris Commons has weighed in on the situation, feeling that the next week is a crucial one for the Dons boss and his future at the club.
He believes there will be serious questions asked about McInnes is poor results continue.
As quoted by BBC Scotland, Commons said: “It’s probably one of the most testing times for Derek McInnes.
“This is probably the first time he’s felt really under pressure. Three vital games and if he comes through, it can change his season around.
“If he doesn’t get through in the cup and drops points against Hamilton, there will be more than just boos, there’ll be some big, big questions about Derek McInnes’ future.
“The Hamilton and Kilmarnock games are must wins.”
Although the upcoming matches against Hamilton and Kilmarnock will be seen as the big games from an Aberdeen perspective, the visit of free-scoring Celtic is unlikely to be anticipated with enthusiasm by Dons supporters.
The game against the Scottish champions won’t wholly define McInnes’ future, just as Commons alludes to, but a heavy defeat certainly won’t help him out.
However, it’s also likely the Aberdeen players will be looking at the high-profile TV match as a chance to turn their season around. A win against us would quickly quieten down detractors.
Recent history is on our side though. Celtic have scored 19 goals in the last six meetings at Sunday’s venue, winning all of those matches and conceding just three.
All that Lennon and his Hoops stars will care about is the three points. They won’t be thinking about what it means for McInnes.
However, it is certainly one of the prominent narratives heading into the fixture and piling the pressure on one of our closest rivals in recent years wouldn’t go amiss.