PREVIEW: RANGERS - CELTIC
Silverware is at stake on Sunday afternoon at Hampden Park in Glasgow as Maurice Edu and Rangers once again tussle with Old Firm rivals in the final of the Scottish League Cup.
Rangers boss Walter Smith will turn to Edu to anchor his central midfield and help turn the tide of this rivalry back in favor of the Light Blues.
In their five meetings thus far, Celtic have been the better squad with three victories and a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Ibrox Stadium in their Scottish Cup match-up.
The only Rangers victory against the Hoops this year came back in October when Edu and company walked out of Parkhead with a 1-3 win.
The last encounter was one of the most polemical in recent history as Rangers assistant coach Ally McCoist was engaged in a shoving match with Celtic coach Neil Lennon. That came on the heels of two Rangers red cards awarded to Madjid Bougherra and El Hadji Diouf.
Now, the two will get together with a trophy at stake. While a loss for Rangers will not affect their Scottish Premier League chances, the psychological damage could have a profound effect when the two meet later this spring in their fourth and final SPL tilt.
It has already been an emotional week for the Light Blues following their exit from the Europa League where they lost 0-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven.
A win against Celtic would easily erase that pain and give Smith's men a huge boost heading into the final weeks of the SPL.
Rangers' Jamie Ness, Lee McCulloch and Kirk Broadfoot remain out with injuries while Celtic will be missing Daniel Majstorovic, Andy Hinkel, Cha Du-Ri and Shaun Maloney.