Rangers' fringe players showed boss Paul Le Guen he has plenty in reserve by defeating First Division Dundee.
Last season's top scorer Kris Boyd grabbed the only goal of the game after 70 minutes to give the Gers victory.
Nacho Novo, who quit Dundee for Rangers in 2004, should have netted against his old club eight minutes earlier.
But the Spaniard shot straight at the feet of keeper Ludovic Roy who also saved well from Bob Malcolm's superb 30-yard drive seconds later.
But he had no answer to Boyd's winner as the Scotland striker sprung Dundee's offside trap before slotting a powerful drive beyond Roy's left
Dundee rallied towards the end but could not find the breakthrough their play