Rangers midfielder Kyle Hutton admits the team found extra motivation for their cup win over Motherwell and believes they can find even more of an edge against Inverness on Wednesday night.
Rangers won 2-0 against then Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Motherwell last month in their first match against top-flight opposition since being denied entry to the SPL. And Hutton feels the confidence the Ibrox players gained from that win will stand them in good stead as they host in-form Caley Thistle in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Communities League Cup.
Hutton said: "There was a wee bit extra that night because we're in the Third Division and we were coming up against a Premier League team. We wanted to go out and show we could still compete at that level and we went out and we did that and played really well that night. We hope we can do that again. There will be the same feeling but we'll have a wee bit more confidence."
Hutton, whose team have gone top of the Third Division and secured their first away win in the league, against Clyde, in the past two weeks, added: "There's always a point to prove when you go in to a game and we showed how good we are against Motherwell and I think we have to take confidence from that game and from the win at the weekend.
"It's going to be a massive game and hopefully a massive crowd so we need to try to take that confidence from those previous games in to this match."
Hutton added: "If we get to a semi-final it would be a great feeling for us and hopefully not too much of a shock for people. We are Rangers and we're here to compete for everything, including the cup competitions."
Inverness boss Terry Butcher has guided Motherwell through administration and also kept Caley Thistle up last season despite an injury crisis that the club on Tuesday claimed was the key factor in posting an annual deficit of more than £375,000.
But he believes Rangers manager Ally McCoist has come through far more testing times than anyone could have foreseen and feels their initial struggle to impose themselves at Third Division grounds was understandable.
"It was never going to be easy for Rangers," the former Ibrox captain said. "Ally's had a terrible time with the situation he has had to face. No Rangers manager at all has had to face what he has faced, and he has come through it very well. It's hard work. It's no different to working at any other club in as much as you have to apply the hard work and get stuck in - results don't take care of themselves.
"But it's difficult, he is treading uncharted territory. I don't think any courses or university could ever put on a situation that Ally has faced and he has got my utmost respect for the way he has handled his job."