IT IS almost exactly nine years ago that the Lichties last faced Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie at Gayfield.
And the build up to the game seems to be a mirror image of exactly what has been happening over the past few weeks as Arbroath prepares to welcome the SPL champions to town.
Tickets have been selling well, Sky Sports have announced they are to broadcast the game live and excitement has been building about the fixture.
But one thing Lichties supporters will be hoping is a lot different nine years on is the result!
When the game was played on January 25, 2003, the Ibrox men ran out 3-0 winners, despite a battling performance from the home side.
The Lichties did well in the opening spell of the game as they kept the ‘Gers at bay as Barry Ferguson and Lorenzo Amoruso piled on the pressure.
But despite their efforts, on 26 minutes the deadlock was broken, with Alex McLeish’s side going ahead.
A short corner was played to Ferguson who curled a precise shot through a crowd of players into the far corner of the net.
Having the advantage gave the visitors a boost and they doubled the lead just five minutes later when Craig Moore headed home past Craig Hinchcliffe.
After the interval, the Lichties tried to get back into the game but were struggling against a superior side.
And soon after the visitors found the back of the net again, ending Arbroath’s hopes of carrying out a memorable giant killing.
Arthur Numan set up Shota Arveladze who despatched the ball underneath Hinchcliffe.
John McGlashan had a last gasp attempt at goal to restore some pride for the Gayfield men but he was unable to get the ball across the line.
Arbroath: Hinchcliffe, Tait, Cusick (Spink) Ritchie, Florence, Henslee (Heenan), Currie, Cargill, McGlashan, Feroz and Brownlie (Swankie). Not used: McAulay and Woodcock.
Rangers: Klos, Ross, Moore, Amoruso (Malcolm), Numan, Ricksen, Ferguson, de Boer, McCann (Canniggia), Mols and Arveladze (McLean). Not used: Nerlinger and McGregor.
Referee: John Rowbotham.
ANOTHER memorable clash between the Lichties and the Ibrox men came in March, 1993, in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals at Gayfield.
Featuring in the Rangers team that day was current ‘Gers manager Ally McCoist as well as several faces that are still involved in football almost 19 years on.
In the run up to the game, the Lichties beat Gala Fairydean, Morton and East Fife to reach the last eight and a sell out crowd of 6,500 packed into Gayfield.
But despite giving 100 per cent, Rangers, who at the time were reigning league, Scottish Cup and League Cup holders were just too strong for the Gayfield men.
From the kick-off the visitors had the Lichties under pressure and they did well to keep the threat of McCoist and Mark Hateley at bay.
But on 13 minutes, the Light Blues took the lead when Hateley sent a bullet header past ‘keeper Mike Harkness.
The only real chance to level the scores fell to Craig Farnan but his shot was deflected away from goal.
But it wasn’t long after that Rangers doubled their lead thanks to Neil Murray, who scored from 25 yards out.
After the break the visitors continued their domination and it was man of the moment Ally McCoist who got his name on the scoresheet.
Charlie Adam brought down Hateley in the penalty area with the referee immediately pointing to the spot.
McCoist stepped up to take the kick and easily recorded his 44th goal of the season.
This ended the Lichties’ hopes of progressing to the semi-finals but it still provided a bumper pay day for the club and the chance for Arbroath to pit themselves against the current league champions.
Arbroath: Harkness, Tindal, Martin, Mitchell, Boyd, Farnan, Hamilton, Florence, Macdonald, Adam and Sorbie. Subs: Will and Buckley.
Rangers: Maxwell, Nisbet, Robertson, Murray, McPherson, Brown, Mikhailitchenko, McCall, McCoist, Hateley, Huistra. Subs: Durrant and McSwegan.
Referee: K.W Clark.