Ally McCoist believes Motherwell are the favourites over Rangers heading into their Scottish Communities League Cup tie at Ibrox.
Stuart McCall's men sit at the summit of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, while Rangers are still trying to settle into their new surroundings in the Irn-Bru Third Division following a summer of turmoil.
McCoist said: "I think Stuart and I will probably disagree on this one but I would have to say Motherwell are favourites."
He added: "Being top of the SPL and the in-form side in the country at the moment, you'd have to say they would be favourites.
"It's not for that reason alone. We are in a transitional period, we are a completely new team."
On Rangers' underdog status, the manager added: "Let's be honest, it's probably the first time it's ever happened in the club's history.
"Going into any game domestically, you could argue that Rangers, even against Celtic, if not total favourites, would have been expected to win the game or come out of the game with a massive amount of credit for our performance level."
Rangers were dumped out of the Ramsdens Cup on penalties against Queen of the South at Ibrox last week and McCoist is well aware of the size of task facing his side against the Steelmen.
He said: "Motherwell always gave us very difficult games when we had arguably £25million, £30million worth of talent.
"Nothing will change in the respect that they'll give our new team a very tough task."