Andy Walker has predicted a fiery encounter when Rangers welcome Celtic to Ibrox in the Scottish Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The Sky Sports pundit believes that our nearest rivals have bettered their performances in Old Firm games and that they owe something to their supporters.
Steven Gerrard has been unbeaten in his three Old Firm games with Celtic this season, collecting seven points along the way.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Scottish Football Podcast, Walker believes that this could be one of the best Old Firm clashes so far this season.
“Rangers have been by far and away the best team in the country this season. Celtic have improved their level of performance against them,” he said.
“Rangers have done it this season, the pressure is off, they’re obviously very confident having secured the league title, and they’ll want to do a double.
“Celtic owe their supporters a big performance, and there’s nowhere better to do it than this weekend at Ibrox. It wouldn’t right any wrongs, but it would give hope that things might turn again.”
Three down, two to go.
The Bears have picked up seven points from nine so far against Celtic so far, and with the remaining two Old Firms at Ibrox, there is a big chance of an unbeaten season.
Gerrard has made his side untouchable so far, and will have learned big lessons from the 1-1 draw at Parkhead the last time out.
Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi caused big problems to the likes of Leon Balogun, but he will be missing from Sunday’s clash.
Nathan Patterson will likely continue at right-back, and that will offer the Gers so much more balance down the right-hand side.
Walker may be predicting a fired-up Celtic side, but it will take much more than that to leave Ibrox with a pass into the next round of the Scottish Cup.