This motley crew of top-flight talent, a band of dashing avengers, was supposed to overwhelm an outmatched Arbroath and ride to the relief of a Rangers side that had, in truth, never looked in need of rescuing.
In the end, though, for all the fresh paint on display, there was only one weathered figure who appeared noticeably superior to the opposition.
Lee McCulloch scored his second successive hat trick to take the game away from their dogged visitors. "Staggering, absolutely brilliant," enthused his disbelieving manager, Ally McCoist, at full-time. "The fact he scored today's from centre-half, with no penalties; it's a remarkable achievement, it really is. The skipper stood up to the mark."
The 35-year-old's second, in particular, was astonishing: a driven right-foot shot of 25 yards which arrowed into the top-right corner. It was a goal worthy of any league in the world, but strangely might not have even been the best of the day.
For quality, Arbroath's single strike probably just edged it. Alan Cook was fed the ball on the far left-hand side of the penalty box - no shooting position - but his looping effort drifted lazily in the air before dropping calmly into the far side of Cammy Bell's goal.
It was one of those goals that appears to defy several laws of space and trajectory - think Lionel Messi v Atletico Madrid - curling away from the bye-line but somehow ending up in the top-right corner.
"I had a wee look at him just before it came to him," said McCoist. "He looked over at the back post, and I don't think there's any doubt he meant it. It was a brilliant goal."
In a turgid first half at Ibrox, though, it had seemed as if we were watching the same passages of play over and over. Arnold Peralta made several identical willing runs, jinked past a couple of defenders - but his initial eagerness to avoid one opposing player was in contrast to the thirst he seemed to have for crossing straight to another. Jon Daly, too, had any number of headed chances, all of which went wide.
Cook's intervention sparked the game into life. David Banjo, who had been hitherto anonymous, suddenly found a burst of lightning speed.
His marauding break set up a series of corners, all of which were uncomfortably cleared by the home defence. The visitors had their tails up, though in truth they would have been best keeping them down.
The openness of the encounter was, in the end, the undoing of Arbroath and in their eagerness to attack, they left gaps to be exploited. McCulloch, frustrated by the inability of his team-mates to get a header on target, strode purposefully up for a corner with the ambition of showing them how it is done.
And he duly did, rising above his helpless marker to put the home side in front for the first time. His third came just before the final whistle, and just after Andy Little had made sure of the points.
Bilel Mohsni, who had scored the equaliser with a striker's composure on his competitive debut, looks like the latest in a line of that particular breed of centre-back that has made Ibrox home in recent years.
The debonair, exotic, ball-playing defender, so composed and assured in possession; swatting down pesky attackers with a dismissive raise of an eyebrow and smouldering glare. Also prone, though, to moments of idiocy that will be unpunished at this level but might prove costly in years to come.
"He's hopefully going to be a real crowd pleaser," agreed McCoist. "He's an all-action-type guy. There's a touch of the Lorenzos [Amoruso], a touch of the [Madjid] Bougherras, in the respect that they are right good players, but sometimes get a bit carried away with themselves. If he continues to do the simple thing, he'll be very popular here."
McCoist's latest signing, goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, watched the game from the stands. After training with the club for three weeks, he finally sat in the dugout and watched the action as a Rangers player. "It was brilliant to be involved, hear the roar of the crowd; watch the boys in action," he enthused. "It's everything I expected."
"Once my feet are in the door," the Englishman added, "I'm here to push Cammy Bell as much as I can. Hopefully, that'll benefit him and the team. If I get a chance, I'll hopefully grab it."
For Bell to make a mistake, though, he needs to first be tested. Something Arbroath could only sporadically manage, despite their moxie, on Saturday. It might be a long wait.