Rangers’ Colts team were reunited with a one-time Ibrox midfielder on Tuesday.
Rangers Colts had no idea they were in line for a reunion with a former Ibrox player until just three hours before kick-off on Tuesday.
But the man in question had a significant impact on proceedings – missing the penalty which enabled Rangers to progress to the Scottish Challenge Cup fifth round.
Gael Bigirimana signed for Rangers in January 2015, alongside four of his then Newcastle United teammates – Remi Streete, Kevin Mbabu, Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic – but failed to make a single Gers appearance, owing to a medical condition.
The Rangers manager at the time, Stuart McCall, expressed sympathy with Bigirimana’s situation, but told the BBC that his transfer should not have been sanctioned by those then running the club.
The Burundi midfielder spent the following season back on loan at his former club Coventry City – for whom he signed permanently in 2016 – before spells at Motherwell and Hibernian in Scotland, where he played against Rangers on three occasions.
And after spending the best part of five months without a club, Bigirimana returned to the game with Solihull Moors on Tuesday and began the meeting with Rangers on the bench.
But 56 minutes in, he was summoned from the bench as the National League side sought to defend a 2-1 lead.
Darren Carter’s goal soon put them 3-1 up before an Eros Grezda double took the game to a shootout that Bigirimana will want to forget.
This is how Rangers fans reacted to their former player’s effort, which was saved by Lewis Budinauckas…
To think we signed that ♂️— Thomo10 (@Thomo103) October 29, 2019
That’s more than Bigirimani did when at Ibrox.— ps (@pedrosp4) October 29, 2019
@Euan72__ we cursed him— Ryan Rossi (@NewcoRydo) October 29, 2019
@JackJohnston99 get it up him turncoat prick— Kylie (@aitchison11) October 30, 2019
Fs what a distance we’ve came from that lot man— Fat Man Racing (@Fat_Man_Racing) October 30, 2019
Ffs what a stepp down that is— FOREVER&EVER (@CMWRTID) October 29, 2019
Karma ⚪️ https://t.co/LdgmOHqZlz— Stevie G Got an MBE (@warby08294195) October 29, 2019