Dundee United manager Peter Houston has warned his side they cannot afford another sloppy start when they face Celtic in Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Tannadice.
The Tangerines, who were 3-0 down after just 20 minutes of Wednesday's 5-0 hammering against Rangers, will bid to return to winning ways when they take on champions Celtic.
Rangers' whirlwind opening left United with a mountain to climb and Houston is keen to avoid a similar scenario against the other half of the Old Firm this weekend.
"The early goals obviously didn't help us the other night," he said. "We were just never at the races from the start and were made to pay by a very good Rangers side.
"The goals were cheap from our point of view and before we knew it we were 3-0 down and things just got worse.
"Celtic obviously have a lot of quality in their ranks and the last thing we want is to defend the way we did at Ibrox because we'd be asking for it.
"I'm sure, though, the lads will be desperate to bounce back though and I can sense their determination to do well and make up for the disappointment."
Houston hopes the atmosphere of a full house in front of the live television cameras can inspire his fourth-placed Tangerines and help them erase the bitter memory of their Govan setback by sealing their Europa League place.
He said: "Any game against the champions is special. This one is no different and hopefully our lads get a lift from the whole occasion.
"There should be a good crowd which I think our players can benefit from as they have done throughout the season.
"I think three points would get us over the line because something has to give between Hearts and St Johnstone.
"If we consolidate fourth it will be a great achievement from the players when you take everything into consideration.
"It's been the most competitive top six because there's not much distance between fourth, fifth and sixth so it's all very exciting.
"We want to go into Europe as high as we can if we get there and a win on Sunday would help our cause."
United defender Gavin Gunning is still fighting to return from a shoulder injury which has kept him out for the last two games.
Garry Kenneth and Johnny Russell are both doubts while Willo Flood is nursing a knock from Ibrox.