Scott McDonald is back in Glasgow after playing for Australia against the Republic of Ireland in Limerick.
McDonald told tribalfootball.com: “There is no rest for the wicked. I just drove into my house, basically have dinner with my wife then on Friday morning back on the bus to Aberdeen!
“We expect a tough game but we are determined to make up for last season’s disappointment with a good start against Mark McGhee’s men.”
Scottish Premier League action kicks off on the evening of Saturday 15th August with a live Old Firm double header on Setanta Sports.
The third live game of the opening round sees Dundee Utd host Hearts on Tuesday 18th August.