He expects it to be a difficult challenge, but fellow second division side Queen of the South knocked Rangers out of the Ramsdens Cup in a season in which the Glasgow club have struggled at times.
Ibrox has tended to be a source of comfort, despite losing to Queens on penalties, but Alloa are fourth in the second division, having been guided to promotion by Hartley last term. The manager experienced a number of memorable occasions at Ibrox as a player and he is relishing the chance to return as a manager.
"There is no point going there to sit back and invite the pressure on you," Hartley said. "We will attack them and see where it takes us. The pressure is off us and we will try and cause an upset. It has been done before and can be done again."
As well as the competitive challenge, Alloa will also benefit financially. Rangers continue to attract large crowds and Ibrox is likely to be well-attended again. Hartley believes the windfall is deserved, since Mike Mulraney, the Alloa chairman, has been generous to the club with his own funds.
"Hopefully, we can make a few quid," Hartley said. "We can't rely on our crowds to get us through the season. People probably don't see what goes on in the background and the amount of hard work that's put in. [Mulraney] has spent a lot of his own money on the club so this is a payback for him."