Old Firm games are never straightforward - we know that from past experience - but this one has more to contend with due to the coronavirus and, for the first time ever, an empty Celtic Park on derby day.
It will be a surreal experience for everyone involved, as this fixture is usually the one that players, fans and coaches look forward to most. It's the game where they get to flex their muscles and hold the power of the city, if even for a short spell.
I know it may be looked upon by some as just another three points but try telling that to the supporters who see it as a day to get one over on their rivals and have the bragging rights until the next one. As they say in Glasgow, it's more than just a game and second is last!
The players will no doubt miss the electricity and the tension the crowd brings. The colour and noise created will be sorely missed, of that there's no doubt. The responsibility is upon the players to create their own atmosphere and drive themselves on in a way they have never had to do before.
To add to the drama, Celtic look set to be without key men Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed after they had to self-isolate on return from international duty. Throw into the mix Shane Duffy and Kristoffer Ajer having played three internationals in six days and Neil Lennon will have had a few sleepless nights.
He will be dreading his phone ringing as the last thing he needs is more players missing.
For Steven Gerrard and his players, they have to put aside the troubles their rivals face and focus on the job of winning a huge game of football. They need to turn the tide in the city and Gerrard will quietly see this as a big opportunity.
The gap between the big two and the rest is widening, and I don't see that changing in the near future, so winning the derby games becomes even more important. Both sides don't look like they will drop many points this season, they are head and shoulders above the rest, so both will see the game as a chance to lay a marker down.
In all honesty, I imagine Celtic will be happy to come out unscathed with their squad stretched to the limits. They sit a point behind Rangers with a game in hand, and if it is like that when the referee blows his full-time whistle, Lennon would take it and move on.
It has to be said that Celtic haven't been at their fluent best this season, with Lennon promising there's still more to come. They have left it late in some games to get crucial points but it says a lot about them as a team that they are still picking up vital wins while searching for their top form.
Lennon has rotated his starting 11 recently, trying to get the blend right, so his selection will be interesting with key players Christie and Edouard missing.
As for Gerrard, a win would work wonders psychologically for his team. There will continually be question marks over his side's staying power in a league title race but only they can change people's opinion. This would be a good time for them to start that process.
They have had plenty of plaudits thus far for their open, attacking football. Defensively they have looked really solid and have added the killer instinct Gerrard demanded.
They have shown they can beat Celtic in a one-off game, that doesn't faze them, and winning at Celtic Park in December could give them the belief they need.
I feel the emphasis is on Rangers to take the game to Celtic. To overthrow the champions, the challengers have to earn the right to do that, so all eyes will be on Gerrard's men. To go to the home of your biggest rivals and turn them over could be just what his players need to convince them they can go all the way.
No doubt there will be drama, but the burning question is who has the courage to strike the first blow in the biggest title race in years?
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