THE Dons’ Premiership fixtures list was revealed this afternoon.
Here, Anthony Joseph takes a look at some of the key matches for Derek McInnes’ side.
The Dons failed to beat the Hoops in all four contests last season, which put a huge dent in their title challenge. If they are to run the champions even closer they are going to have to take points off them next season.
Celtic come to Pittodrie first on September 9, with the possibility of both clubs still being involved in European competition at the time. Aberdeen travel to Celtic Park on October 31, where they hope to make amends for their 4-0 defeat in Glasgow last time. Could they spook the Hoops on Halloween?
The last pre-split fixture between the Premiership’s top two is on January 30, 2016.
Is there a better way to start the season for Aberdeen fans? I’m not so sure.
The Dons take on Dundee United at Tannadice on August 1 for their new season curtain-raiser and there’s no doubt The Shed will be red.
Jackie McNamara’s side will come to the Granite City on November 7. And Aberdeen will return to Dundee on March 2, 2016, with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Despite Derek McInnes’ side finishing well above the Tangerines, United beat them three times last season.
The Dees were Aberdeen’s bogey side last season.
After beating them 3-2 at Dens Park in the league early in the season, Paul Hartley’s men knocked the Dons out of the Scottish Cup in the fourth round in November last year.
Aberdeen were then held to three frustrating draws against Dundee in the Premiership.
The Dees come to Pittodrie on August 22, before the Red Army invade Dens Park again on December 5. The last pre-split meeting between the two teams is on January 23, 2016.
Everyone loves a trip to Tynecastle – one of the best grounds for atmosphere in Scotland.
The last time the Dons were there was in the Scottish League Cup semi-final against St Johnstone last year, where they won 4-0.
A 12,000-strong Red Army packed out the famous old ground.
Now, the Championship winners are back with the big boys and the Dons go to Edinburgh first on September 19.
The Jambos come up to the Granite City on December 12, before another clash at Tynecastle on April 9, 2016 – the last match before the split.