DONS keeper Danny Ward has no fears ahead of what will be his first appearance at Celtic Park this weekend.
Aberdeen head for the East End of Glasgow hoping to breathe new life into a challenge for the Scottish Premiership title that has seriously stuttered over the last few weeks.
The Dons were the top dogs, with a 2-1 victory over Celtic at the start of September helping them go five points clear of the reigning champions at one stage.
But defeat by Hibs in the League Cup then led to a slump in league form too, with the Dons finally ending a run of three losses with a 1-1 draw against Mark McGhee’s Motherwell.
Celtic, meanwhile, saw their chance and a run of six league games without defeat now sees them on top, four points ahead of their closest rivals before they meet again at Parkhead on Saturday lunchtime.
It looks a daunting task for the Dons but it’s a challenge Ward claimed every one in their camp can’t wait to take on.
“We will be raring to go,” said the Aberdeen goalkeeper, who is with them on loan from Liverpool until the summer.
“There is no better game to be going into if you want to show how good a side you are than one against Celtic.
“Even more so because it’s in their back yard.
“If we could put in a performance there it would make people realise we are the real deal.
“We haven’t been getting the sort of results we had been earning at the start of the season.
“But we have a talented group of players in our dressing room.
“We can take confidence from managing to win the last time we played Celtic.
“It’s a different occasion this time though, at Celtic Park.
“It will be tougher but we know we can beat anyone if we perform as we know we can.”
The Dons would have preferred to be facing Celtic on the back of a victory over Motherwell.
Ward, however, is content that they at least ended that uncharacteristic run of defeats by earning a share of the points. He said: “The draw with Motherwell was a positive step forward.
“Okay, we didn’t get the three points that we really wanted.
“But the performance in the second half was much better than it was in the previous four games.
“We have been working really hard to get back to that.
“There were different things preventing us getting more wins.
“Things haven’t been dropping for us in games and we have made mistakes.
“But we had a lot more control over the game at the start of the second half against Motherwell.”