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…









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