Andy Little’s surprise return against Stranraer at Ibrox was the one bright spot for Rangers on Boxing Day.
Around 45,500 fans had flocked to the stadium in anticipation of an all-time club record 21st consecutive wins in all competitions.
Instead, they left angry and frustrated at the loss of two points with a 1-1 draw.
The unexpected substitute appearance of Northern Ireland striker Little was one consolation for all connected with the club – his return after just seven weeks’ absence with a serious fractured cheekbone injury a remarkable recovery.
For boss Ally McCoist, however, there is only one way to treat the disappointment of Thursday’s draw – by moving on to the next game which in this instance is fast approaching with a visit to Dunfermline on Monday evening.
“I’ll be looking for a reaction after the disappointment of the game on Boxing Day,” McCoist said.
“I’ll be looking for and expecting a really good performance. This is an opportunity to
bounce back. From a player’s point of view you always want to get on with the next game following a bad result.
“Dunfermline Athletic will certainly be up for the game and I fully expect the same from our players.
“Dunfermline are a full-time side – but then again Stranraer’s fitness levels were very good, as is the case with most part-time teams.”