Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that his side came away from the first Old Firm at Celtic Park with “regrets” after showing “too much respect” to Celtic.
The sides meet again later today in the East End with the Gers holding the Old Firm momentum after winning at Ibrox in December.
Gerrard believes that going to Parkhead on the back of a massive Europa League clash with Russian side FC Ufa “slapped” his side in the face – but admits they have learned their lesson.
“On the back of the Ufa game the last time, it was a very emotional night going down to nine men,” Gerrard told The Sun.
“We think the first Old Firm game came round and slapped us right in the face.
“We showed Celtic too much respect. I think we stood off them and let Celtic impose their style on us.
“We came away from the game with regrets. We learned a lot and tried to take it into the second game.”
This afternoon’s clash could have massive repercussions for the Gers depending on the outcome.
A win for Gerrard’s side would see them close the gap at the top of the table to seven points but defeat would effectively seal Celtic’s eighth consecutive title.
After the disappointment of the performance at Celtic Park last time out, it will be interesting to see if Gerrard’s side really have learned anything from it.