Former Rangers player Rhys McCabe scored a stunning goal for Airdrieonians in a shock 2-0 win over Motherwell.

McCabe came through the youth system at Rangers and signed a long-term contract extension in 2011.

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Rhys McCabe in Old Firm action for Rangers in 2012 – the midfielder scored a stunning goal for Airdrie in a cup upset on Wednesday. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

However, he made just nine top-flight appearances for the club before opting to leave for Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 2012.

Since then, he’s represented Portsmouth (loan), Dunfermline Athletic, Sligo Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic, Brechin City and Queen of the South, while he’s now at Airdrie, having signed a one-year contract last month.

He’s only really getting started at the Penny Cars Stadium, but he’s already made a big impression through his contribution to a Premier Sports Cup upset on Wednesday night.

Third-tier Airdrie hosted Premiership outfit Motherwell and McCabe was key as the hosts took the three points.

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In the 66th minute, the former Ger whipped a superb long-range free-kick beyond former Ibrox goalkeeper Liam Kelly and into the top right corner.

 

Scott McGill then doubled the advantage eleven minutes from time and with the Well unable to respond, the contest finished 2-0.

“Definitely,” McCabe said after the game when asked if he was pleased with his goal [Premier Sports]. “We knew Motherwell are a Premier League side and they’ve got lots of quality throughout their team, so the longer we can stay in the game we’ve always got a fighting chance.”

“I think it was always going to be something special, a wee bit of magic to open the scoring and obviously I’m delighted it was me.”

McCabe’s CV suggests he hasn’t quite fulfilled the potential he showed early on at Rangers but at 28, he still has plenty of time left in the game and this derby-winning flash of quality should fill him with confidence going forward.

With the group stages coming to a conclusion this weekend, Rangers will soon enter the hat.

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