SCOTLAND international Ian Black faces expulsion from football after he was accused by the Scottish Football Association of betting against his own teams.
The sense of occasion survived even if the game itself lacked competitive tension.
Rangers showed no signs of suffering a repeat of last year's problems on the road as they cruised to a comfortable win against Stranraer at Stair Park in Scottish League One.
Bathed in sunshine, and comfortably dominant, it was possible to imagine that this Rangers team was carefree.
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