The scoreline may not have been quite as clear-cut as the 5-1 thrashing dished out at Ibrox in April but the gulf in class between Rangers and Celtic was still clear to see on Saturday afternoon.
Brendan Rodgers’ champions cruised to the most comfortable victories, Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths scoring in a 2-0 win that already appears to herald the march to a seventh successive Scottish Premiership crown as early as the second month of the new season.
Rangers barely laid a glove on their illustrious opponents, even on their home turf, as a grand total of seven players were handed their Old Firm debuts by Pedro Caixinha.
And while 19-year-old centre-half Ross McCrorie excelled against quality opposition and Alfredo Morelos was only denied another goal by a superb Craig Gordon save, Rangers’ only real chance in 90 minutes, Mexican international Carlos Pena stood out for all the wrong reasons.
One of the most reputable of Caixinha’s Portu-Mex recruitment drive, the 27-year-old was yet to make a positive impression on Rangers supporters and that did not change in his first ever Scottish Premiership start.
He not only struggled to put the squeeze on Celtic metronome Scott Brown, Pena also failed to make Rangers tick on the odd occasion he found the ball at his feet.
Better days will come but, for now, Rangers supporters are wondering why Caixinha put his trust in the Mexican on Saturday.
3. Pena is most expensive signing by far and has many caps for Mexico - if he's not in side every week and contributing something's wrong.— Rangers News Archive (@Rangers_News_) September 23, 2017
In the short history of the new Rangers there have been some wonderfully awful players wearing the infamous blue jersey but Carlos Pena?— David Doherty (@dockers_hoops) September 23, 2017
Nevermind Jamie Walker, if Rangers had signed Andy Walker he would've offered more than Pena— KB (@kennybrown131) September 23, 2017
Pena vastly overhyped. Cardoso poor one on one, Hodson was a man down. #Rangers— Jamie McInall (@JMcInall) September 23, 2017
Ryan Jack a stand out again and got no help in midfield. Pena, Dorrans and Windass did nothing. Morelos never stopped working.— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) September 23, 2017
I could do more than what Pena did today! And thats saying alot— Robert O'Brien (@obrien198842) September 23, 2017
Pena is a joke! Just keep playing @RossMcCrorie4 every week. He stood up to be counted.— Rangers Santa⚪ (@rangerssanta) September 23, 2017