It is in the cup competitions that Rangers can measure how far they are progressing.
A comfortable victory against Airdrieonians was never going to be the most significant event for Rangers.
Jon Daly's blistering goal-scoring form continued as he bagged a double to send Rangers into the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 3-0 win over Airdrie.
Lee McCulloch insists the Rangers players will treat the Ramsdens Cup final with the same respect and commitment as any other domestic competition.
There was little glory in the performance, but the outcome carried enough reward for Rangers.