Steven Whittaker insists that Celtic's involvement in Europe this week will have no bearing on this weekend's Old Firm clash.
While the Scottish champions have had a free week to prepare for the clash at
Ibrox, the Hoops arrived back in Scotland today following a tough defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in Spain.
But Whittaker believes the sheer nature of the fixture means there is no chance of fatigue being an issue when the Glasgow rivals clash for the first time this season.
"In this type of fixture I don't think it will matter as both sets of players will be up for it," said Whittaker.
"It's a special atmosphere and I don't think tiredness will be the case.
"I don't think you can look at previous results or form or anything like that when you come into these fixtures. It needs to be treated on it's own.
"No doubt both sets of players will be up for it and hopefully we can get a good game.
"You could never fail to motivate yourself for this game. The atmosphere itself, the whole build-up to it, is great.
"It's the kind of fixture that football players look forward to."
Ally McCoist will make his managerial debut in the famous fixture when he takes on Celtic for the first time since the departure of Walter Smith.
But Whittaker says there has been no real difference to the build-up to this game.
"It's just the same for us. He has always been around the club," he said.
"He has stepped into the seat now but the players who have been here over the last few seasons know what's needed and it just feels like another Old Firm game."