Kenny Miller welcomed the return of Barry Ferguson after the deposed skipper made a shock comeback in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen.
The clash at Ibrox was Ferguson’s first outing for the first team since his involvement in the ‘Boozegate’ affair, which saw him stripped of the captaincy and banned by the club.
With a question mark already hanging over his Rangers future, the 31-year-old was expected to be out for the rest of the season anyway after suffering a calf tear in a reserves match.
But he made a dramatic return to boost the cause when he was thrown into Saturday’s action with the game still deadlocked before Gers went on to secure a narrow victory.
"Barry is a fantastic footballer and he has been a great footballer for Rangers over the course of his career," said Miller.
"The lads who were on before have had a big say in the season but the manager felt he had to freshen it up and maybe it’s just a coincidence that we got the goals at that time."
The opener came courtesy of an own-goal from Richard Foster, before Miller found the net himself a couple of minutes later and substitute Michael Paton set up a tense finale by pulling a goal back for Aberdeen.
Miller was pleased with the win but wanted to win by a bigger margin to put even more pressure on bitter rivals Celtic.
"We needed to win the game and it was a big win for us," he said.
"The lads are out on their feet in there, a lot of hard work went into Wednesday’s game and this game. It was a big result for us.
"We just went out to try to win the game and get as many goals as we could. Unfortunately, we only won by one goal in the end."
The game was marred by controversy when Charlie Mulgrew was shown a straight red card for an alleged head-butt on Kyle Lafferty, which the Rangers forward made the most of.
Madjid Bougherra was then dismissed for what appeared to be an innocent collision with Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, as both players went for the ball.
"It’s a slide tackle," said Miller. "The keeper is going in to win the ball and there is no doubt Madjid is trying to win the ball.
"He’s not the type of player to try to hurt somebody. The linesman got involved and said there was dangerous play.
"But, speaking to some of their lads, they said they wouldn’t have even booked him for it.
"There is no doubt for me that it was the coming together of two players, which you will probably see 10 or 15 times during the course of a game.
"Obviously the linesman felt he had seen something. Whether it was a case of levelling it up because it was maybe a soft sending-off on their part, I don’t know.
"I don’t know what the procedure is for appeals but, for us, we well definitely be looking at it because Madjid is a big player for us and we want him available for every game we play."
Langfield admitted the red card was harsh, adding: "I’ve clearly been caught by Bougherra but I only had eyes on the ball which was there to be won. I think he was going for the ball as well.
"I’m not sure if it was a sending-off or if it was deliberate. I was too busy lying on the deck with marks on my neck.
"I suppose if it was at the other end I’d be saying the decision was harsh."