Sunday, Glebe Park, 3.05pm, live on BBC ALBA
THE day has finally arrived – as newco Rangers start life among the lower echelons of Scottish football.
SFL membership has brought with it inclusion in the Ramsdens Cup and the tournament will enjoy it's highest-profile game ever with the eyes of the world on little Glebe Park – infamous hedge and all.
Rangers will be short-priced favourites for every Third Division game they play this season and it's the same story for their first outing against a side from a league above them.
Brechin will be no walkovers but it will be interesting how they handle the occasion, a full house, live TV cameras and probably more journalists at one game than they see the whole season.
There will be certainly be circus in Angus and you'd imagine Rangers players will take in their stride. Boss Ally McCoist has lost star players such as Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Steven Naismith, Sone Aluko and Steven Whittaker but retained the likes of Lee McCulloch, Lee Wallace and Neil Alexander and coukd feature Ian Black and Andrew Little as trialists.
Rangers have retained enough quality to comfortably beat sides like Brechin and I'll be on them to make a winning start. Best price is just 1-3 at Coral so look at -1 at 4-5 with Paddy Power or Rangers/Rangers at 4-5 with the same firm.
I can see Gers making a fast start and Paddy Power go 10-11 for any team to score in the opening 20 minutes and there could plenty of goals. I don't see anything like the 12 at Elgin v Arbroath yesterday but over 3.5 must have a chance at 1-1 with Coral and Paddy Power.
Throughout all the trouble times at Ibrox, McCulloch has remained staunchly loyal to the club and would be fitting if he netted the newco's first goal. I haven't seen too many first-scorer prices but the former Scotand midfielder is 4-1 with William Hill.
Brechin are a biggest 13-2 with Paddy Power but I can't see many takers while the draw pays 5-1 at Skybet.
(4-5, Paddy Power)
First goal in match before 20 mins
(10-11, Paddy Power)
McCulloch to score first
(4-1, William Hill)