Rangers v Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the Betfred cup is next up on the fixture list for Steven Gerrard.

Kilmarnock twice beat Rangers last season and the tie is a challenging one given how difficult Steve Clarke’s side are to break down. Rangers and Kilmarnock have a history of players who pulled on both strips, and we run through five of the biggest names below.

Ian Durrant

He’s blue, he’s white… You know the rest. Durranty was one of the country’s top talents and a fantastic footballer. A Rangers legend, he made 346 appearances, scored 45 goals and won 13 trophies.

That’s despite the dynamic midfielder spending three years out after a horror challenge Aberdeen’s Neil Simpson. His return fixture was a reserve match against Hibs in 1991 – 30,000 fans showed up to welcome him back.

He was useful for Kilmarnock too, making 101 appearances and playing in the UEFA Cup after joining in 1998. He also made 20 caps for Scotland.

Durrant was a top class player and a battling, goalscoring midfielder. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK/ALLSPORT

Ally McCoist

A goalscoring force to be reckoned with, McCoist is and remains the club’s greatest ever goalscorer (355 in 581). There have scarcely been many like Super Ally before or after.

As a player this likeable character became synonymous with Rangers during his 15 years at the club. He won ten league championship with Rangers and was there for all of Rangers 9 in a row, and 20 trophies in total. He of course also went on to manage the club.

He left with Durrant for Killie in 1998, but only managed 9 goals in 53 games. A Scotland Hall of Famer Ally managed 19 goals in 61 caps.

A very young Ally McCoist tackles Ray Aitken of Celtic in 1986. There is no other word for the striker than legend. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport

Kris Boyd

Krissy Boyd was a penalty box striker with a lethal finish and the top scorer in SPL history with 167 goals. 101 of them came with Rangers.

Rangers signed Boyd from Kilmarnock in January 2006 for around £500,000.

He would remain at the club for four years, breaking records and lifting three league titles. He had a disappointing second spell at the club following Rangers demotion but has reignited his career in his third spell at Kilmarnock. He was nominated for Player of the Season and won the top goalscorer award last season. At 34, he’s still kicking a ball.

He scored the winner twice in two Rangers v Kilmarnock matches last season.

Kris Boyd scores goals, goals and more goals for Rangers. And he’s still doing it for Killie. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Lee McCulloch

Lee McCulloch made 348 appearances for Rangers, scoring 67 goals and captaining the club through some of our darkest days. For Kilmarnock he made, ehm, one.

The UEFA Cup finalist was at Ibrox for eight years and cost £2.25mn from Wigan in 2007. No matter what, Super Lee always gave his heart and soul for the club. Starting out as a winger, he played as a forward, midfielder and defender for the Famous Blue.

He joined Kilmarnock as a player/coach before taking over the reins at Rugby Park prior to the appointment of Steve Clarke.

Lee McCulloch captained Rangers and turned out almost everywhere from centre back to striker for the club. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Naismith

Naismith is a bit of a love/hate figure at the club after his antics in 2012. In the time that’s eloped since, it’s pretty obvious that he’s lived to regret it.

Naisy started his career at Kilmarnock, winning the Scottish Football Writers Young Player of the year award in 2006 and the Scottish Professional Footballers’ Association Award the year after. He moved to Rangers for £1.9mn and made 98 league appearances, scoring 28 goals and winning three league titles in a row. He also won two league cups and a Scottish cup.

Now at Hearts, Naismith is still proving as big a handful as ever.

Ex-Rangers striker Steven Naismith was a constant thorn in the side for the opposition, including Celtic. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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