Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists Parkhead will hold no fears for his players this weekend.
The Dons can move level with Celtic if they beat the champions in their Scottish Premiership top-of-the-table encounter in Glasgow on Sunday.
The Hoops have beaten McInnes’ side in two previous meetings this season and have scored 18 goals and conceded just one in winning the last seven league matches.
But with his team on an equally impressive run of 11 wins and two draws, with 10 clean sheets recorded in the last 13 matches, the Aberdeen manager believes his squad is ready for the challenge against Ronny Deila’s Hoops.
He said: “It will take a strong performance but there is no one shirking away from the challenge and their players will know they are in a game.
“We have plenty of good players who are relishing the challenge ahead of them. They won’t shirk their responsibilities. They know what lies ahead of us and will go there determined to give it their very best. We won’t be going there with any lack of confidence.”
The Dons’ consistency has kept them hot on the heels of the champions but crucially has also taken them five points clear of third-placed Caley Thistle and 12 clear of fourth-placed Dundee United.
Aberdeen’s motivation has been fuelled by the blow of losing out to Motherwell for second place on the final day of last season but despite Aberdeen closing in on a European place again the manager insists there will be no let-up at Pittodrie.
He said: “I said last month I wanted to be at the top end at the end of February and we’ve done that. The challenge now for us is to ensure we are still in the fight at the end of March.
“The season now for Aberdeen has become 12 games and the challenge is to try to win as many of them as we can.”
McInnes has no fresh injury worries following Saturday’s 3-0 win against St Mirren.
The Reds manager hopes his options for Sunday will increase should defender Ashton Taylor and midfielder Nicky Low come through their comeback matches for the Dons under-20s in a SPFL Development League match against Dundee United at Kirkcaldy today.
McInnes said: “Ash and Nicky will be back this week which is great as it means the squad is getting stronger and the performances are getting better and we want to continue this run we are on.”