Despite a promising start to the season, an 8-0 defeat at the hands of Ally McCoist's men in September sparked a downward spiral for Stenhousemuir who have since dropped points in three of their last four games in League One.
Higgins looks back on the afternoon with dismay. "It was the worst result of my career," he reflected. "When you go to Ibrox, the main aim is not to concede in the opening 20 minutes but we lost three goals before half-time and they were very clinical throughout.
"On another day, they could have scored more so it was very disappointing all round; we let ourselves and the club down. We have a good dressing-room but that result dented our confidence. You wouldn't be human if it didn't. For me, the performance is forgotten about now.
"Rangers are in the same league as us for a reason and, although they have a strong squad and are running away with League One, tonight is a different occasion. It is a semi-final in the cup and anything can happen, so we'll need to take our chances and defend well."
At the end of last season, Higgins opted to take up football on a part-time basis. The striker celebrates his birthday today and, while hoping to teach Rangers a lesson tonight, he is looking ahead to life after football.
"I turn 29 today and realise I'm not getting any younger so I'm doing a degree in Sports Development at the University of the West of Scotland," he said.
"I left school 12 years ago so it's been difficult to get back into the swing of things, education wise. I think it's fair to say I'm not living your typical student life as I'm in a class with 17 and 18-year-olds who sometimes look a bit rough in the mornings but I'm not like that. My wife is due to deliver our baby any time now so I'm fully focussed on that."
Ahead of tonight's sem-final Challenge Cup tie, Higgins reflected on previous successes in the competition having reached the final three times before.
"I won the competition with Dundee against Inverness in 2009. We were 2-0 down at half time but I pegged a goal back before we won 3-2," the striker said.
"I also lost against Airdrie and Falkirk in finals when I was with Ross County.
"It meant a lot to win it with Dundee as we battled against the odds. We were booed off at half-time and some of our fans left in disgust. We received a rollicking from Jocky Scott and came out in the second half on fire and turned the game around. If I was to win it again this year, it would be one of the greatest achievements of my career."