The Gers are usually in European qualification competition at this stage of the season and were given a stark reminder of how far they have fallen by the second division side
Newco Rangers began life under Charles Green with a 2-1 win in the first round of the Scottish League Ramsdens Cup, although they didn’t have it all their own way as they were forced to extra time by Brechin City.
A bumper crowd of more than 4000 at Glebe Park stadium witnessed Andy Little, who re-signed with the Gers this week, send the Scottish giants into the lead after just three minutes.
Ally McCoist’s men were the dominant side throughout the opening stages and had chances through Lee McCulloch and Kirk Broadfoot, however the Brechin goalkeeper was doing all he could to keep the deficit down.
And just before half-time that careless finishing was punished when the home side drew level.
Following some indecision by defender Dorin Goian, Brechin forward Andy Jackson pounced on the loose ball and slotted well past the helpless Neil Alexander.
Despite all the financial troubles there have been at the club, Rangers have been able to retain several international quality players such as USA captain Carlos Bocanegra so, despite officially being ranked a division below their second division counterparts, it was the Ibrox club that were expected to win this first round tie.
They started the second period in much the same way they finished the first, and enjoyed long spells of possession and pressure without being able to make it count.
As the half wore Rangers created several speculative openings, but struggled to break down a dogged Brehin defence, thus extra time was required to separate the sides.
Rangers thought they had made the perfect start to the additional 30 minutes, when Little placed the ball into the back of the net, however his effort was ruled out for offside.
But, minutes later, there was to be no reprieve for Brechin as McCulloch rose highest to head home a corner from 18-year-old debutant Lewis Macleod.
McCoist's men saw out the rest of extra time with relative ease, with neither side forcing a clear cut opportunity.
Although they were given a real fight by Brechin, the Gers manager is likely to be happy with a thorough work out for his team ahead of their season in the third tier of Scottish football.