A lot may have changed for both Celtic and Rangers since December 29th, but the feelings of that day should still linger in the minds of the Hoops players as they prepare to face their rivals again.

Neil Lennon’s side aim to put nine in-a-row to bed this Sunday when they travel to Ibrox.

But, given the way our last clash panned out, it should be more than league glory that’s on their mind.

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Celtic are on a great domestic run

Celtic are on a great domestic run (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Bruising December defeat was a tough one

Make no mistake about it, that Parkhead defeat was a hard one to take.

Steven Gerrard’s side were hungrier than us on the day, better in possession and deservedly won.

What made the defeat even tougher to stomach was the way their players and management acted.

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From Ryan Kent’s gun gesture towards the support, to Alfredo Morelos and Michael Beale embarrassing themselves in the closing stages.

Kent's celebration after scoring at Celtic Park

Kent’s celebration after scoring at Celtic Park (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Now, for the record, I’m not suggesting that any of the three should’ve been banned for their acts. But what they did show was a real lack of respect for Celtic.

It’s time we turned that back on them.

Celtic should seek revenge at Ibrox

Those images of Morelos walking off the pitch after another sub-standard derby performance and gesturing towards our supporters won’t have been forgotten by the Celtic faithful.

Neither will the way Gers coach Michael Beale acted towards our own John Kennedy during second-half stoppage time.

The way we were bossed on the park, and were teased off it, should be remembered by all of the Celtic first-team squad this weekend.

The feelings at full-time should not be forgotten

The feelings at full-time should not be forgotten (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We may have enjoyed a 12 point swing since that post-Christmas clash, and the league may be all but over.

But there’s also a real old school element of revenge that should linger for our players.

It’s time to remember how bad it felt to have our noses rubbed in it by that mob last time out.

It’s time to put them back in their place.

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