The men from the Stadium of Light have been suffering for some time with a lack of confidence and barring a late turn around, they could soon be into the third tier of the Football League system in this country. As to the Championship you will finish where you deserve to finish.
We've got a lot of work to do and we'll need to perform better and more consistently in that game.
Sunday's draw came seven days before the pair meet on league business at Ibrox and Murty is happy with the mindset of his squad as they seek to cut the gap on the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders to three points.
There's huge pressure on Rangers in the game but for us, we'll have a good working week and go into that game and work as well as well can. "We've won nine out of the last 10 and we're looking to get another good result".
"I would say this is the game people are talking about most; it is the game that has generated the most interest across border".
"We've had three really good results at Ibrox in my time".
After Caixinha left in October and Murty's temporary appointment was formalised for the rest of the campaign, the former Scotland and Reading defender returned to Celtic Park with Rangers and took away another point in a 0-0 draw on 30 December.
"A win may put pressure on Celtic, you'd have to see how we react, we have to make sure we take care of our business first and see what happens from there".
Improving in every game and gaining more experience, he knows he will have to call upon all that he has already learnt when he comes up against the Hoops attacker.
"We are closer to them than we were, we are a different team than we were but this is the test and this is one we are glad is coming now".
"We'll focus on our team and how we play".
"We have to be ready for whatever they bring".
"This weekend, I can make a strong case for them".