In Glasgow, Partick Thistle players are not afforded the same celebrity - there are a couple of other sides who hog the limelight - and turning out at Firhill does not mean one will be stopped and asked for autographs on Buchanan Street.
"I did get recognised once in the town centre," admitted Isaac Osbourne, the latest midfielder to move to Maryhill. "But it was by an Aberdeen fan . . ."
The 27-year-old did not know anything about his new club before the summer; his departure from Pittodrie was the opening gambit of a failed quest to move down south to be with his family in Birmingham.
A lack of opportunities closer to home disrupted his planned return, though. Instead, an offer from Thistle allowed for a compromise which at least means he spends a few hours less driving down to the Midlands every weekend. He hopes there are no hard feelings among Aberdeen fans, though. "If I knew I wasn't going to be able to be nearer home, I would have stayed there," he admitted.
While there was not a contract on the table at Aberdeen, it was only because Osbourne had made it clear he would not be signing. "There wasn't a deal on paper," he said. "But I spoke to the manager and he expressed that he would give me the opportunity to carry on. We discussed it first, but there was no point in him offering me a contract because I had expressed my feelings to go home."
The list of candidates for the hotly contested SPFL Premiership second-place spot is growing by the week, and many pundits had picked Aberdeen as the most likely to finally put together a season's worth of good form. Thistle, though, might have something to say about it today, and possibly even for the rest of the term.
"The way we've been playing, why can't we challenge for that second place? I think they [Aberdeen] have got a good chance of doing well this season, but that second place is up for grabs," said Osbourne.
Thistle have certainly started well enough and, with more benevolent luck, could have more than the eight points currently stacked on their manager's desk. The team that won well last season has carried that form into the start of this term. For new signings, it is easy to bed in.
"I've come into a winning team," explained Osbourne. "The players just express themselves. They go out there with no fear and I think it shows in their performances. If you're in a winning team, you've got a winning mentality and you're fearless."
They have even fewer reasons to be fearful today, too, after it emerged that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, will be unable to call upon his best attacking threat, Niall McGinn. The forward, who was among those players to score more than 20 goals in the top flight last season, returned from international duty with an ankle injury.
With Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Russell Anderson - who has a broken bone in his hand - also left to watch from the sidelines, it will be a make-shift Aberdeen side which attempts to address their three-game winless streak in the league.
"Niall's goals were important to the side last year, that's without question, [and with the other absentees] there is a level of influence and ability that we will be missing," said McInnes. "It is far from ideal but we will get on with it. We can't get too frustrated. We will concentrate on the players who are available and make a go of it."
As with any first-team absence, the silver lining is most appreciated by those waiting in the wings, and some of Aberdeen's youth will be given the chance to stake a claim for a regular place. "One or two boys have been kicking their heels a bit, desperate to be involved," said McInnes. "Somebody's disappointment is somebody's opportunity. One or two will get that at Firhill."
Likely to be among those drafted in is talented teenage midfielder Cammy Smith, while Craig Storie could also come in and Jonny Hayes is available to return after suffering from concussion after the Scottish League Cup victory against Alloa Athletic. Scrapping for the chance to fill McGinn's considerable boots will be Calvin Zola, Josh Magennis and Scott Vernon.
Whoever plays, McInnes is well aware that today's opponents will not make it easy for them. "We need to be prepared for the way they play," he said. "They don't get bodies forward too early. They are happy to keep possession. Stephen O'Donnell and Aaron Sinclair have done very well. It's not just them; I think they've taken to playing in the top flight brilliantly."