In the midst of a perfect storm Rangers peered through Wednesday's heavy snow and spied hope in the distance.
The postponement of Wednesday night's Celtic home game with Dundee means Graeme Murty's rejuvenated Ibrox team could now enter a Glasgow derby a week on Saturday with the chance to narrow the gap to just three points.
Scotland may yet be confronted by something as rare as a red alert weather warning. A Premiership title race.
Celtic's home game with Dundee on Wednesday night was postponed due to bad weather
Stuart McCall thinks Rangers can enter theiir derby clash with optimism and expectation
On Wednesday night Celtic, Dundee and the SPFL were working on a date for the rearranged fixture, with an announcement likely on Thursday. Playing a league game three or four days before a trip to Ibrox, risking fresh injury, is far from ideal for Scotland's champions.
Yet the opportunity to expunge Mikael Lustig's suspension and remove some of the wind from Rangers sails by restoring a nine-point lead with nine games left to play might be considered the lesser of two evils.
Whichever scenario plays out, former Rangers interim manager Stuart McCall is convinced that decent January recruitment allows the Ibrox side to enter a derby clash nursing some old, vaguely familiar emotions. Optimism and expectation.
'There's no question Rangers go into the game in the strongest position they've been,' said McCall. 'They have a chance.
'I'm not saying it's going to happen, but they've put themselves in a position where they will be going into an Old Firm game for the first time in a long time with a bit of belief and a bit of confidence.
'The recruitment in January was spot on and really gave Rangers a chance to improve. The next challenge was to get them in a shape and get the best out of them and by the look of it that's what Graeme seems to be doing. So you can judge him on what he has done and the new signings have improved the squad.
Graeme Murty's Rangers side currently sit six points behind league leaders and rivals Celtic
'You look at the bench at Perth on Tuesday night and they had Miller, Alves, Holt and Cummings - and they've got Wallace, Dorrans, McCrorie and Jack to come back. That's as strong as Rangers have been for a long, long time.'
A veteran of the nine-in-a-row years, McCall has witnessed the current situation at first hand. He well remembers Celtic teams, battened down and defeated over a number of years, sensing this might be their year. Before receiving a sharp poke from reality.
'You look over at the other side of the city and the characters and experience Celtic have in their side like Brown and so on and they will relish it,' added the former Scotland midfielder.
'We were always expected to win in our day, same as Celtic are expected to win now. But it would be good for everyone if Rangers were to win that game and just make things a little bit more exciting for the league up here in general.
'Big Terry Butcher said on TV the other night there is no title race. But