Back in September, bargain new Rangers signing Joe Aribo was totally ineffective in the attacking left position against Celtic at Ibrox.
Bullied by the opposition’s defensive midfielders, the 23-year-old looked unprepared to commit to 50/50s and a little like a rabbit in the headlights.
Several months later, he’s set to get an opportunity to prove how much he has progressed.
Recently shifted to the problematic attacking right slot, Aribo has been a star turn for his manager in recent weeks, scoring a fine goal against Hearts and registering an assist in each of his last three outings.
He’s shown an ability to link the play from the flank and to drive at defenders, occasionally swapping roles with Scott Arfield while also combining well with the overlapping James Tavernier.
The ex-Charlton man appears to be the solution that his manager has been looking for, but the question is, can he deliver on the biggest stage?
Aribo performed decently in the League Cup final earlier in the month. He started brightly and looked to make things happen, but couldn’t provide the killer pass or finish that would get the Gers on the scoreboard.
This time around, at a packed and hostile Parkhead, we need to see end product.
It’s all well and good pointing to Alfredo Morelos, but the Colombian forward can’t take sole responsibility for Rangers’ hopes in this one. His supporting cast must turn up.
We’ve seen before how Ryan Kent’s pace and trickery on the left side can cause the Hoops major difficulties. Just as he needs to step up again, Aribo must stamp his authority on a derby for the first time.