Aberdeen and reigning champions Celtic are both sweating it out at warm weather camps in Dubai.
However, there the similarity ends as the Hoops have opened up a 21-point gulf on the Dons.
Out here in the Middle East, defender Mark Reynolds admits that points chasm is hard to bear.
Especially after being in a title scrap at the turn of the year in the previous two seasons.
Reynolds is a realist and accepts the title race is dead, but refuses to give up the fight on slashing that points gap.
He reckons chasing down the Hoops’ massive lead will propel the Reds to a runners-up Premiership finish.
The centre-back said: “Last season we managed to go toe-to-toe with Celtic for a long part of the campaign, although we ultimately fell short.
“This season we have not managed to hold on to Celtic so tight and they have pulled away.
“They have been strong and relentless all season and I am sure that will continue through the next half of the campaign.
“Celtic have hardly dropped any points all season so asking for them to lose seven games more than us in the second half of the season is almost impossible.
“That doesn’t rile us up as we are not that far off in terms of points as where we were this time last year.
“Celtic recruited in the summer and got stronger and stronger. They came out flying this season and have just kicked on that wee bit.
“But we are always going to try to catch Celtic and aspire to get as close as we can to them.
“They have been champions of Scotland for the last few years and are by far the strongest team.
“Obviously it will be tough but Celtic are something to chase after.
“We have to aspire to try to rein them in and get as close as we can, like in the last few seasons.”
Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops have been training at the Al Wasl’s Zabeel Stadium.
Aberdeen have been working out at the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence, a five-minute drive from their hotel base.
Reynolds reckons a week in the sun has fired them up for the heat of the race to finish second.
The Dons are two points behind second-placed Rangers, but crucially hold a game in hand.
Reynolds said: “We have a massive battle on our hands against Rangers and Hearts for second place and I am sure that will go right down to the wire.
“We want to finish on top of that.
“December is always a big month in the Premiership and we could obviously have done a lot better in some of the games.
“However, we finished strongly by winning the last three to go into third place.
“If we win our game in hand we move up to second.
“That is at least where we would have wanted to be at this time of year.
“We know it will be a tough second half of the season.
“There is obviously the Scottish Cup and we want to try to do as well as we can in that.”
Aberdeen will conclude their time in Dubai tomorrow with a friendly match against FC Bunyodkor.
The Uzbekistan top-flight side have been in the Middle East for three weeks as part of their preparation for an Asian Champions League third qualifying round clash next month.
“The facilities are top notch in Dubai and the weather is great,” said Reynolds.
“We were going to go here or Tenerife due to the weather so it is great Saltire Energy (club sponsors) paid a little bit extra for us to come here.
“A massive thanks to them for doing that to give us the best opportunity for the second half of the season.
“This is my fourth time in Dubai as I have been here before on holiday.
“I love everything they have out here in Dubai and are trying to do.
“The time here has been perfect as the facilities are fantastic. The weather at this time of year means it is ideal conditions for us to come out and recharge the batteries.
“It will get us back into gear for the rest of the season.
“The time out in Dubai should certainly give us an edge as we had a week training on good pitches.
“Now it is just a case of kicking on for the second half of the season.”