Ally McCoist insists he will not be on a revenge mission when Rangers face Queen of the South again in the Ramsdens Cup.
Queens dumped the Light Blues out of the competition last season, thanks a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory at Ibrox, before going on to win the trophy.
McCoist admits the defeat still hurts and, while revenge is not the motivating factor, he is keen to make amends for what was one of the poorer results of last term.
He said: “It certainly hurts us. Queen of the South knocked us out and deservedly so.
“At the same time, we felt their second goal was offside and to get beat on penalties is sore at any level.
“They went on to win the cup and deserved to do so. It definitely hurt us.
“I never use the word revenge, I don’t like the word revenge.
“But this game gives us an opportunity to go down there and reach the semi-finals of the tournament which is our aim.”
Rangers head into the quarter-final tie at Palmerston boosted by a 5-1 win over Arbroath at the weekend, with Lee McCulloch again stealing the show.
Despite playing in defence on Saturday, the skipper bagged a hat-trick for the second game in a row and McCoist had nothing but positive words for him.
He said: “We’ve still been talking about it and I can’t remember the last centre-half to score a hat-trick.
“What’s interesting as well is that it’s six goals; five headers and one 30-yard screamer and no penalties.”