Rangers centre-back Russell Martin is expected to overcome his current injury concerns and take his place in the starting line-up for the visit of Old Firm rivals Celtic on Sunday, according to the Scottish Sun.
The Colombian forward is the Scottish Premiership's joint leading scorer.
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.
"They will look to play better than what they did in the last pressure game that they had which was against Hibs, when Hibs played very well and won the game".
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.
Graeme Murty insists Rangers not overconfident ahead of Old Firm clash
Sunderland must be anxious about losing players in the summer window with a drop down to League One looking more likely than not right now.
'Rangers need to win the game and that's the difference, there is a different psychology going into it, in relation to that.
"I'm just going game by game".
"It will be a tough game for us at Ibrox, of course, but we'll get ready", Rodgers said on Celtic's website. It's a big incentive (to further ahead in title race) and we know if we prepare well and go into the game confident, we'll be looking to win the game, the same as every game we play in. "He'll come on and he strikes me as the sort of person that will absolutely thrive upon the Old Firm atmosphere".
Bates said: "After the game, we were buzzing having got to a semi-final and any team we'd have got in the draw we'd have cheered. The players clearly believe in what he's doing and he's got some really good results".