Jason Steele is relishing the test of facing his former club this Boxing Day.
Rovers return to Ewood Park for the big Christmas clash on Saturday, and the former Boro keeper is looking forward to coming up against the league leaders.
Steele came through the ranks at the Teesside club, but his loyalties now firmly lie in the blue-and-white camp as Rovers go in search of three points to end 2015 at home in style.
"It is going to be a big acid test as we are going to be playing against the best team in the league so we've got to make sure that we are up to it," said Steele.
"They've spent a lot of money and I think everybody expected them to be up there, so when that expectation is there it is about dealing with and I think they have done that very well.
"We'll have a great crowd and the Middlesbrough fans will bring a few, so it is a chance for us to test ourselves against the best team in the league.
"It is a great opportunity for us to go and make a statement. So if we can put on a dominant display and win the game then that will show how much we've come on."
Saturday's match will pit two in-form defences up against each other, Rovers have conceded just one goal in their last four games, whilst Boro have kept six consecutive clean sheets.
"I can't remember the last time I saw anybody score against them," added the keeper. "WS hopefully that will be us on Boxing Day and we can create more chances and score some goals.
"I think it will just boost the whole morale again. We are all up there after the run we've been on so if we can go and beat the best team in the league then we are going to be back up there again.
"They had a great win against Brighton at the weekend but every team in this league is beatable, it is as simple as that.
"If you perform and the other team don't then you win the game. So we've got to make sure that we are at 100% and make sure that we are on top of our game."
Starting with the Boxing Day clash against Middlesbrough, you can buy a Half Season Ticket from just £143 for Adults, and from just £91 for Seniors & 18-21 year-olds.
A junior half season ticket is from just £34, whilst Under-8s go free when with a paying Adult or Senior.
Buy today at www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers, in store at Ewood or Church Street. Or for further information call the ticket office on 01254 372000.