On Sunday afternoon, Rangers made it past East Fife in the Second Round of the Scottish League Cup.
On a weekend where Celtic, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock all required extra time to progress, it was pretty much plain sailing for the Gers.
Strikes from Jermain Defoe and Joe Aribo either side of an OG ensured the club went into the hat for the quarter-final draw.
Stevie G’s men will now travel to Livingston in the final eight. Despite successfully avoiding an early meeting with the bigger sides still involved, plenty of fans were disappointed with that outcome.
That’s mainly because of Livingston’s tight artificial playing area. Rangers lost 1-0 on the road there last September, while Livi were able to hold Celtic to two goalless draws at the Tony Macaroni during 2018/19.
It can be a tough place to go and play, hence comments about it being the ‘worst possible draw.’
Probably worst draw we could have got on that pitch 🙄
— Peter Adam (@petera1872) August 18, 2019
The fact that it’s an away tie at all also frustrated some fans. Last season, Bears travelled in their numbers to Kilmarnock twice in cup competitions, as well as to Cowdenbeath and Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup. Home fixtures have proven few and far between, limiting the number of fans who can take in each game.
Rangers vs Livingston to be shown on TV
However, news which emerged on Tuesday evening should soften the initial disappointment at the tie. Livingston vs Rangers is the only tie from the final eight which has been selected for live TV coverage.
📆 FIXTURE UPDATE: Our Betfred Cup quarter-final tie against @LiviFCOfficial has been selected for Live TV coverage.
➡️ Wednesday 25th September | Kick-Off 7:45 PM pic.twitter.com/WrSjtUhQg7
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 20, 2019
BT Sport will air the game, which kicks off at 7:45 pm on Wednesday 25 September, making it accessible to thousands of Bears when it otherwise may not have been.
A midweek trip to Livi may not be ideal for the squad, but it’s a challenge they should really get through in order to book a place at Hampden.