Nine years ago today, Rangers only needed nine men.
In one of the most iconic League Cup victories in Rangers’ history, we somehow sneaked a 1-0 win against St. Mirren despite having two men sent off.
Kenny Miller produced a diving header to send the trophy back to Ibrox. He also bailed out Kevin Thomson and Danny Wilson in the process. They’d been dismissed earlier in proceedings.
As far as iconic Rangers victory goes this is up there with them. The steely resolve of nine men to battle against the odds and grind out a victory as we approached the end of a long season is everything a Walter Smith team aimed to be.
The team dug their heels in and never gave up. Their reward was another trophy to add to the cabinet.
It would be the first trophy of a famous double that season. Rangers would go on to secure the league title by a clear six points, the club’s 53rd title. It was also the second of Walter Smith’s three in a row.
And whilst winning the league crown was perhaps the season’s highlight, Rangers fans will never forget that day nine years ago, when we only needed nine men.