Revenge will be in the Glasgow air next Sunday if Celtic get their away against their bitter rivals Rangers.
No Celtic fan needs reminded that Rangers won the last derby match in December.
The Bhoys were undefeated in 12 matches in all domestic competitions against their rivals until the 1-0 defeat at Ibrox.
Celtic’s away form has been patchy in the league this season. They suffered a dismal defeat against Hibs two weeks before the loss to Rangers.
It’s hard to argue which performance was worse from the two. However, Celtic’s Ibrox display was certainly their worst in a derby fixture in years.
Despite Brendan Rodgers moving on, revenge should still be on the Celtic players’ minds come kick off on Sunday.
Even players that have signed since the defeat should be made aware that a repeat performance is not an option.
Rangers’s win in December ended a long run of pain for them against Celtic. It’s important that Celtic do not let a similar bad run of results in derby games follow.
Celtic are still the dominant team in Glasgow. 10 points clear in the league and on the verge of a treble treble stand testament to that.
But a cup semi final and a seven point lead in the league won’t comfort any Celtic fan if Rangers prevail next Sunday.
The scenes after their 1-0 win and the subsequent January transfer window signalled a club who believed they could match Celtic for more than 90 minutes.
That hasn’t panned out, but Celtic still have to retaliate after their horror showing in December.
Normal service must be resumed
Sunday’s derby is a massive fixture for both clubs. Most Rangers fans will have waved goodbye to their hopes of landing any silverware this season.
However, a second straight win over Celtic lays down a marker for next season and beyond.
Celtic must win, and win well. They must leave Celtic Park next Sunday night 13 points clear in the league.
If they can achieve this by dishing out another derby demolition of their rivals, they can lay the ghost of December 31st to rest at last.