Cliftonville skipper Chris Curran believes Windsor Park is an 'unforgiving venue' but reckons his team will not be found wanting after the long lay-off when they face Glentoran in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup semi-final tonight.
It's a tasty confrontation which marks the return of senior football following the coronavirus outbreak back in March - however the game will be played behind closed doors.
Although the Reds has been back training for almost one month, Curran admits it will be a big ask for both teams to perform at optimum levels.
"It's as close to a level playing field as you are going to get because all four semi-final teams have faced the same problems," he said.
"We haven't had a huge amount of time to get everyone back into a match-fit condition, especially before one of the biggest games that you could play in, an Irish Cup semi-final.
"Yes, it has been a testing time and the fitness of players will certainly be scrutinised because Windsor Park is an unforgiving place to play - the pitch is massive.
"It's a whole new world how we approach things in terms of our training process. We've to adhere to all the social distancing regulations and have a temperature checked before we start.
"Everyone kept themselves in good condition during the lockdown. When we returned, we treated it like a mini pre-season.
"We have worked really hard since our return and the intensity levels have certainly gone up a few notches of late.
"But we are all in a good place at the moment, so we are all looking forward to it. It will also be strange playing in such a big arena without the buzz of the crowd."
The Reds also approach the game with the stigma of not having won the Irish Cup for 41 years dangling around their necks. Curran admits the team can use that as a motivational factor, as opposed to merely a negative statistic.
"Paddy (McLaughlin) has mentioned it in his team talks," adds Curran. "It's important all the players realise how vital it is and just what it means to the supporters.
"I suppose a lot of our fans have never seen Cliftonville win the Irish Cup, so I think it was right to emphasise how important it is to everyone, but our focus in on Glentoran - that's the task in hand for us.
"It's just a pity the Red Army will not be behind us, because the supporters are massive for us. They really help push us on and they love the Irish Cup days at Windsor Park.
"All we can do is hopefully try to give ourselves every chance of getting to the final and hopefully some of them will get in to see it.
"But we'll not be looking that far ahead.
"We know Glentoran will be gunning for us - we have to make sure we are ready for them."