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Leigh Griffiths scored a brilliant header. Kris Commons’ goal was worthy of winning any game.

But even Celtic fans won’t have those strikes in their archive of golden Old Firm moments .

The reason is simple. The last game between their side and Rangers was a mismatch.

A non-event. Craig Gordon v Steve Simonsen, Scott Brown v Ian Black, Virgil Van Dijk v Fraser Aird.

My abiding memory from that day was seeing Rangers’ interim boss Kenny McDowall taking the warm-up prior to kick-off.

Seriously, when would an Old Firm manager ever be out with the trackies on before a game throwing balls up for his centre-backs to practice their heading?

Can you imagine Martin O’Neill or Walter Smith doing it? No chance. But the fact Kenny was out there, was a clear sign this was an uneven contest.

Celtic took their foot off the gas at 2-0 and strolled through a forgettable second half.

If O’Neill or Neil Lennon had been in charge, Rangers might well have suffered worse .

Brown was apparently asked later why they didn’t go for the jugular. On a heavy, horrible Hampden pitch, Ronny Deila’s side were saving their legs.

A year on, the pitch is still unfit for purpose. But Rangers aren’t – that’s why next Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash should be a completely different ball game.

Celtic are again strong favourites, with international players in every area of the pitch.

The Ibrox side’s main goal threat will still be veteran Kenny Miller and their key man could be a kid on loan from Spurs.

But Mark Warburton’s team are far closer to Celtic in terms of quality, style and attitude.

If Gers play to their potential, they could cause an upset.

Even then, if Deila’s team turn up they should be too strong.

Warburton certainly won’t be out doing the warm-up pre-match. His work will be done long before that, plotting how to cope with Celtic tactically.

He detests having to change his principles and philosophy for any opponent. As he keeps telling us, he has no Plan B. But Warburton isn’t daft.

That’s why in big games this season Dominic Ball has been drafted in as a midfield enforcer. And it has worked. He’s naturally a centre-back but Ball can play.

With the youngster as a shield in front of Rangers’ two centre-halves, it gives them protection and allows Andy Halliday to push further forward.

Warburton might surprise us. But I’ll be stunned if Ball’s name isn’t on his team-sheet.

Rangers’ best chance is to be tight, compact and hit on the break. But don’t expect Gers’ full-backs to maraud forward at every opportunity.

Sure, James Tavernier and Lee Wallace will look to get up the pitch.

But against Celtic, Warburton will urge them to pick their moments.

If one goes, the other stays.

It’s not Dumbarton or Alloa they’ll face next weekend.

If they are caught up the park together, pace players Patrick Roberts and Gary Mackay-Steven will be waiting to pounce.

How Gers defenders Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson cope with Griffiths will also be key .

In the middle, Halliday’s battle with Brown will be fascinating.

Can Harry Forrester exploit Kieran Tierney on his Old Firm debut?

On the other side can Barrie McKay trouble Mikael Lustig with his quick feet?

It all makes for an intriguing contest. A proper Old Firm derby. And unlike last year, one that has the potential to live long in the memory.