Only a point separates Rangers from Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premier League as the two sides prepare to clash in the second Old Firm derby of the season on Sunday.
Having led the league since winning the first clash between the sides in late August, Rangers were finally knocked off the top spot by their rivals on Wednesday when Celtic defeated Motherwell, albeit the Hoops have played two games more.
Walter Smith's side's schedule has been severely disrupted by the wintry weather that battered Scotland throughout December with four of their games being postponed. However, the lack of games has allowed several members of his injury hit squad to recuperate with Sasa Papac, Kyle Lafferty and James Beattie all in line to feature in the Old Firm derby.
And defender Madjid Bougherra says the current champions will go out looking for a win as they aim to win back pole position in the race for the title. "This is the kind of game you have to win for the fans," the Algerian said. "At the end of the game, if we have a draw it will be good for us, but if we win it is better.
"You can't go into this game and say we will take a draw', it is impossible. The spirit is too high to think about a draw so the team will go and give everything to win. We have the same team from the last two years, we know each other and we all have the same mentality. I am very confident about Sunday."
Bhoys' injury toll
Celtic are counting the costs from their efforts to regain top spot. Olivier Kapo and Daryl Murphy limped out the Motherwell match to join Shaun Maloney and top scorer Gary Hooper on the sidelines while captain Scott Brown will miss the match through suspension after seeing red in stoppage time. Seven Celtic players made their debut in their side's 3-1 defeat when the fierce rivals met in August but Wednesday's goal scorer Paddy McCourt believes the new boys will be ready for the match this time round.
"I think the new lads had a taste of it here and they know what it's about now," the Northern Ireland international said. "I think on that day we were caught out with so many derby debutants but I think the lads know now what it's about and everyone's looking forward to the game."
Hostilities between the opposing fans are expected to cease momentarily before the game as both clubs mark the 40th anniversary of the Ibrox disaster, where 66 fans lost their lives and 200 were injured on a crush on Stairway 13 during a 1-1 draw between the teams on 2 January 1971.
Elsewhere on Sunday, St Johnstone welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who are unbeaten in over a year away from home, to McDiarmid Park.
On Saturday, Hearts and Hibs clash at Tynecastle in the Edinburgh derby. Since triumphing in their first meeting between the fierce rivals the Jambos have gone on an eight match unbeaten run that has seen them rise to third in the SPL table. Hibs on the other hand haven't won in five matches and have slipped to ninth, just six points above bottom.
Aberdeen will be looking for a hat-trick of wins under new manager Craig Brown when they take on Dundee United at Pittodrie.
Former Rangers midfielder Stuart McCall will take charge of Motherwell for the first time in the Lanarkshire derby when they take on bottom of the table Hamilton at New Douglas Park.