Celtic captain Scott Brown is confident his team-mates will quickly rediscover their form, with or without him on the pitch.
The Bhoys midfielder is currently recovering from a metatarsal injury, which has ruled him out of action since the start of October.
Brown was forced to look on as Celtic were held to consecutive home draws by both Dundee United and Inverness in their last two games.
After a storming start to the Scottish Premier League campaign, Neil Lennon's men are now trailing leaders Rangers by two points, while their rivals also have a game in hand.
But Brown is certain their dip in form is temporary, saying: "I've got to take my time and make sure I come back right but the lads will bounce back.
"We've got a lot of character in the squad so I've no doubt they will bounce back.
"We went 2-0 up last week and then lost two slack goals but it doesn't happen a lot so I'm sure the lads will make things right next week."
While revealing he will see a specialist on Monday, Brown insists he will not rush his return from injury.
The 25-year-old refused to put a definite date on any potential comeback, but did admit he hopes to be involved in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox on 2nd January.
"Hopefully I'm not too far away," said Brown. "I'll go down to see a specialist on Monday and we will take it from there.
"I'm still not too sure yet when I'll be back, I will need to wait and see what the specialist says.
"The main thing is that I need to take my time and make sure everything is perfect so that I can hopefully come back 100 per cent."
Asked about the prospect of being involved in the New Year clash with Rangers, Brown responded with a tentative "hopefully".
However, the skipper feels it will be tough forcing his way back into manager Lennon's plans, even when he is fully fit.
"Everyone has got to fight for their place," said Brown. "Ki and Joe Ledley have played really well in the middle of the park so I've just got to wait my turn.
"It will take me a while to get the sharpness and fitness back so we will see how it goes from there."