MARTYN WAGHORN insists Rangers are better equipped to take on Celtic on Sunday in the Premiership and in the Scottish Cup semi-final next month.
The Ibrox side could unveil Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha as manager this week, but the English striker believes confidence has been building under interim boss Graeme Murty.
Waghorn reckons Rangers are capable of going to Parkhead and inflicting the first domestic defeat on Brendan Rodgers’ side this season, despite being walloped 5-1 by the Hoops back in September at the same venue.
Ex-Ger Joey Barton fired out all sorts of bizarre promises before that encounter where Moussa Dembele ran amok with a hat-trick.
The Ibrox hitman said: “It’s different now. Joey was Joey and he had things to say, that is what he’s like.
“But we can’t focus on that too much. He’s moved on and so have we, we’re a different team with different players and we’re a bit more dynamic now.
“We have to believe in ourselves. We are playing some good stuff and we have turned the corner after a difficult few weeks. The performance against Hamilton was something we can really build on.
“Against Celtic, it’s all about self-belief. We will go there with a lot of confidence.
“If anyone can beat them, it’s going to be us.
“We need to be right on our game, but it’s an Old Firm game and anything can happen, it’s all about who turns up on the day.
”The defeat in September was hugely disappointing. We were caught right off it, we weren’t good enough on the day.
“We’ve looked at it, we’ve accepted it, it’s hard to take, but that’s in the past.
“I would say we have a different team from then, different players, and the way we’re playing at the minute can only be good for us.
“We are going to work hard and do what we have to do this week and look forward to the game.”