Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson hopes the Scottish game can move forward with Rangers on board once their heavily boycotted William Hill Scottish Cup clash is over.
Only about 300 tickets have been sold for the away section at Tannadice after Rangers refused their allocation amid planned boycotts from supporters' groups.
Many fans have been unhappy with Thompson since United charged for a rearranged game after a match against Rangers was abandoned at Tannadice in 2009.
But much of the anger appears to stem from their perceptions of Thompson's attitude to dealing with the fallout of the financial collapse of the oldco Rangers in the summer, although United were one of 10 clubs to vote against the newco Rangers' application to join the Scottish Premier League.
On Thursday, Rangers manager Ally McCoist addressed fellow Scottish Football League clubs amid the Ibrox side's opposition to current plans to reform the Scottish leagues.
And Thompson hopes the fifth-round tie can be a watershed moment.
``Personally for the sake of Scottish football, I think we should move on,'' he told BBC Scotland.
``It's a game of football after all. That's what I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
``Hopefully it's a good and entertaining game. Hopefully my team will win of course.
``But we are in the middle of reconstruction talks and the game is moving forward.
``We have got all SPL clubs actually together to move forward for the future and I think we all need to get together, every single club in Scotland, and it would be good for them (Rangers) to come on board as well.''
United had sold a confirmed 9,900 tickets by 5pm with none on sale on Saturday, although they believe the attendance will break the five-figure barrier when all orders are processed.
However, Thompson remains disappointed that the Irn-Bru Third Division club did not take up their ticket allocation.
``I'm disappointed because it's a big game for both clubs and would have been a full house,'' he said.
``It's still going to be a good crowd here.
``It would have been a great advert for Scottish football, which I still think it will be. But they have made their decision, they are entitled to do that and I wouldn't like to enter into that kind of discussion.''
The match sees former Celtic captain Jackie McNamara, who has a full squad to choose from, take charge of United for the first time after he replaced Peter Houston during the week.
United have not won at Tannadice since August and captain Jon Daly hopes the change can put that statistic to bed.
Daly told Arabzone: ``Everyone is excited to work with the new manager and looking forward to seeing what his plans are and get going.
``Our away form has been quite good this year and if we had decent home form we would be right up there.
``That's obviously been the problem this year and hopefully the new gaffer can address that and get us performing at home and winning games.''
Meanwhile, McCoist has moved to play down the hype surrounding the clash by insisting now is the time to ``take the sting out of the situation``.
McCoist, who hopes the situation is a one-off, said: ``There has been a lot of stuff written and a lot of stuff said.
``I think now is the time to actually take the sting out of the whole situation to be honest.
``Jackie is a great lad. I wished him all the best in his job and we'll shake hands before the game.
``All it is, is a cup tie that both teams want to win.
``It's going to be a little bit different because the club have taken the stance not to take any tickets for the game.
``That stance has been made and hopefully it's just a one-off and we can move on.
``People are probably reading a lot more into it and wanting to build a lot more out of it than they should.
``It's a cup game that's important to both clubs and both clubs want to win. It's no more than that.
``I do appreciate there will be an edge to the game but we all have a duty and a responsibility to do our best for our clubs and, indeed, behave ourselves.
``That will hopefully be the case.''
Rangers striker Francisco Sandaza is rated doubtful.
The Spaniard is struggling with a hamstring problem, while skipper Lee McCulloch has failed to recover from an ankle injury in time.
Lewis Macleod also misses the clash at Tannadice after being ruled out for seven weeks with knee ligament damage sustained against Montrose last weekend.