It doesn’t matter what has happened, when the Celtic players walk out of the tunnel tomorrow afternoon the noise and atmosphere will be no different to any other game they have played against Rangers.

Circumstances may have changed but the supporters have not.

And both sets of players will walk out to a wall of noise tomorrow afternoon.

Nothing can dilute the intensity of this fixture.

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It does not matter how many points clear Celtic may be or how far ahead of Rangers they are off the park, the fact remains that they will always want to go out and win this one – and win it with a bit of style.

And on the evidence provided over recent weeks it is difficult to see anything other than a straightforward Celtic victory.

Yes, there was the sobering afternoon at Tynecastle and I would agree that there has not been quite the same fluency of performance as there was last year.

Following that defeat against Hearts it was always going to be about the reaction – and I am not sure that you could find fault with that.

They have kept a clean sheet and clocked up three wins from that and there is no better way to get back on track.

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I think Celtic will be way too strong for Rangers tomorrow. The Ibrox side got a win which they badly needed against Motherwell on Wednesday night but by all accounts it was not the most convincing of performances.

Coming on the back of two previous defeats, it does not auger well.

As I have said, I suspect Moussa Dembele will start the game but I also think that teenager Kristoffer Ajer has done enough to stay in.

In all honesty I am not sure it matters which personnel start the game as I think that the end result will be the same. I just think that Celtic are way too strong all over the pitch for Rangers and I would expect that 2017 will sign off with another win.