The Europa League continues to prove a welcome shift of emphasis amid a potentially memorable season for Rangers. With a runaway lead in the Premiership, you won't have too many Ibrox stars complaining of a busy schedule. Players, when accustomed to winning habits, rarely do.
Thursday sees a return to the sort of climate which Steven Gerrard has them accustomed to. The Light Blues have been a great fit in the tournament under the manager, who seems to relish the different demands and, indeed, a higher class of opponent.
You also sense that the Ibrox support continue to be pleasantly surprised at how Rangers have nailed the demands of European football, particularly when they also have to keep a focus on winning a first League title since 2011. Last weekend's 1-1 draw at struggling Hamilton Academical was, significantly, a warning sign that complacency invariably comes at a cost.
For a full 90 minutes in Lanarkshire, Rangers' mentality was slovenly - a consequence that notions of a title having already been won had filtered into the dressing room. However, Gerrard, a man driven by extremely high personal standards, does not tolerate idle chatter.
Moreover, the vast majority of the Ibrox squad would do well to remember that, for all the plaudits they have received, only keeper Allan McGregor and Steven Davis have League winners' medals.
An abandonment of focus and standards has driven Celtic's 10 in a row dreams into disarray, so sometimes it doesn't take too much for questions to be asked.
Yet in Europe, variety is the spice of life for Rangers - can they advance into the last-16? The statistics in this term's journey speak for themselves. Belgians Royal Antwerp would be foolish to minimise the threat from their Scottish visitors to the Bosuilstadion, before the return in Glasgow a week later.
Including two qualifying rounds, Play-Off and Group D games, unbeaten Rangers have netted 25 times in nine outings, finishing above Benfica in the group. Standard Liege could only amass four points - but will compatriots Antwerp fare better?
History and general pedigree count for little, if anything, ahead of these meetings, but it is still surprising to note that Franky Vercauteren's men won only their first trophy in almost 30 years when they lifted the Belgian Cup in August. Perhaps even more startling is the fact that, until last season, the Belgians - second in the Pro League behind runaway leaders Bruges - had not troubled the European scene since the mid-90s.
In Europe so far in 2020-21, they have made progress, coming from a domestic environment traditionally dominated by Anderlecht, Standard Liege and Bruges. Having finished second in Group J, Antwerp shocked Tottenham 1-0 and beat Ludogorets twice. Interestingly, the match-winner against Spurs, Israel international Lior Refaelov, also netted for his country during a World Cup qualifying triumph against Northern Ireland in Belfast in March 2013. Nevertheless, an Antwerp team which also lost to LASK, an average opponent, is not one which should elicit particular fear.
Vercauteren - a heralded Belgium international winger in the 1980s and with extensive coaching experience - hopes his top scorer, Dieumerci Mbokani, can shake off injury, especially as strike partner Didier Lamkel Ze is suspended.
Firepower is a fresh concern for the hosts, who relinquished the Cup last week with defeat to Bruges. Watch out for Jordan Lukaku - brother of Inter Milan forward Romelu - who could be a key figure. The pacy left-back is on loan having fallen out of favour at Lazio and will be tasked with nullifying the marauding instincts of James Tavernier.
Stopping Rangers' impressive instincts is another question. All things considered, it would be disappointing for Gerrard not to at least take a draw back to Ibrox for the second leg.