One of the Aberdeen players this Sunday who could be extremely motivated is Scott McKenna.
Of course, you would expect all Dons players to be right up for it. And we have to hope that Celtic match that and don’t allow complacency to creep into our game.
But, McKenna is a unique figure heading into this one. All throughout the summer and January, McKenna was linked with a move to Parkhead. Celtic even had an offer for him rejected by the Dons last summer.
But there’s surely no denying a move to Glasgow would be enticing for the Aberdeen centre back.
There’s no denying this is a huge opportunity for him to impress on Sunday.
After all, the Scotland international has had a fine season at Pittodrie once again. He’s one of the few who noticeably impressed at Parkhead in the recent 0-0 draw. Although, in saying that, Odsonne Edouard had the better of him at Pittodrie back in December.
With Brendan Rodgers having departed, it wouldn’t be surprising if Celtic’s interest in him has been dropped. The only way he could truly catch the eye once again is by keeping the Hoops front-men quiet for 90 minutes.
McKenna put in a fine display at Celtic Park
That’s going to be one hell of a task. But McKenna did succeed for large spells just last month. On his day, he’s proven to be a big barrier to try and break down. He also bossed two fixtures at Ibrox this season too, playing a starring role in 1-0 and 2-0 successes there respectively.
For many, McKenna is still probably a poor option for Celtic in the summer. The Dons man has to try and change some of those verdicts on Sunday if he wants supporters to embrace a move for him.
A poor display from him will only further convince the Hoops fans that he’s one to avoid.
But regardless of what we feel about him as Celtic fans, his appetite for a top display will surely be at its peak. It’s a day that could be a big one with regards to his future.
If Celtic are going to be breaking down the red wall likely to be in front of them, they’ll have to find a way to play through McKenna. And he’s a man with everything to gain on Sunday.
Here’s hoping that the Hoops turn on the style and make sure the Dons bow out convincingly.