Rangers manager Ally McCoist admitted he could not be any happier with the William Hill Scottish Cup draw after his side were paired at home to Ayr or Dunfermline.
Much of the talk before the balls came out was about the prospect of the Old Firm resuming hostilities and neither came out among the first five ties.
But Celtic were then paired with Aberdeen, and Rangers were given an Ibrox meeting with one of their League One rivals, who battle it out on Tuesday in a fourth-round replay at East End Park.
Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller, who is doing his rehabilitation from knee surgery at the club’s Murray Park training ground, was told by the Ibrox squad and staff to give them a home tie and McCoist was not disappointed.
McCoist, whose team host Forfar in League One on Tuesday evening, told the club’s website: “A lot of the boys were watching the draw and we were getting a bit twitchy about what might happen with a few ties to go. All I asked of our former striker was a home tie and we’re delighted he’s given us that as it’s with a team from the same division as us. I couldn’t be any happier. You can’t pick and choose who you get but all you can ask is to be drawn at home.”
Rangers will be seeking their 19th consecutive win when they host Forfar, who were the last team to beat them, in the League Cup.
“Whoever we face it’ll be tough,” McCoist said. “Think back to the game Dunfermline gave us at home, where it was 0-0 at half-time and we had three boys hurt. As happy as we are with a home tie, we know it’ll be a difficult game.”