Celtic skipper Scott Brown is not anticipating another thrashing of Rangers when the two sides meet in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday.
The Hoops thumped their Glasgow rivals 5-1 in their Ladbrokes Premiership encounter at Celtic Park in September.
Brendan Rodgers' side will go to Hampden Park four points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the table and unbeaten domestically, albeit they lost 2-0 at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
But Brown believes the Light Blues have improved since their last meeting and is expecting a closer contest.
"They have been more solid and have a more steady team as well, it hasn't been chopped and changed," said the midfielder.
"It will be a lot tighter. They will play a bit differently. I don't think they will be as open as they were at Celtic Park, but we will have to see what team they put out and who fancies it more on the day."
Brown was dealing with the after-effects of the rather chastening defeat by an excellent Borussia Monchengladbach side.
The result left Celtic with one point from a possible nine ahead of the return game in Germany in two weeks' time. Qualifying even for the Europa League looks a tall order, but Brown remains confident of playing European football in the new year as he looks for the Scottish champions to bounce back against Rangers.
He said: "We don't like to have a lot of downs at Celtic and let's hope Sunday isn't."