It was also a changing-room full of strong characters who had the potential to graduate into management.
Tomorrow night two of Bombers' most illustrious old team-mates will lock horns when Ally McCoist's Rangers host Terry Butcher's Inverness in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final at Ibrox.
The Englishman's Caley Thistle team have surged into fifth place in the SPL on the back of a six-game unbeaten run as the former Ibrox skipper's lot have started to gel.
By contrast, McCoist's men have taken their time adjusting to life in the Scottish game's bottom tier – they only just recorded their first win away from Ibrox in the Irn-Bru Third Division on Sunday away to Clyde.
While bookmakers have the Light Blues as favourites to overcome Inverness at Ibrox, Brown reckons the tag is perhaps off the mark ahead of tomorrow night's tie.
Although Rangers scalped Motherwell in the previous round on home soil, Brown reckons there is some added pressure to prove that was not a one-off by humbling Terry's high-flying side.
The Gers nine-in-a-row star said: "This is a massive tie for Rangers. I think the fans will be looking at this one and they will want proof that the win over Motherwell was no fluke. You look at the Third Division table and it does not make impressive reading.
"Rangers have reached the first quarter and they are just two points clear and at the fifth time of asking finally managed to beat part-time opposition away from home."
HE ADDED: "It has been a struggle for them. That said, Ally will have been delighted to get the win away from home and to have kept the clean sheet and that will give them a positive platform going into the Inverness tie.
"But you look at Caley and as always Terry has made a few changes over the summer and now these new guys are starting to gel and they are seven games unbeaten in all tournaments.
"So Terry and Maurice Malpas will come to Ibrox and they will be relishing this opportunity.
"It will not bother Terry one iota that Rangers are in the Third Division, all he will be concentrating on is getting the win. To label Rangers as favourites for this one, in my opinion, is perhaps not wholly accurate."
Bomber continued: "But Inverness have always had a good record at Ibrox and of course notched a couple of wins there when Rangers were in the SPL. They are not going to be fazed about going there in the League Cup.
"There is a place at Hampden in the semi-finals up for grabs and if Inverness knock out Rangers then they have taken care of one half of the Old Firm and have a 50% chance of avoiding Celtic, should they beat St Johnstone at Parkhead tonight.
"So Terry will have his lads wound up to go for the win and Rangers will need to match them 100% in terms of hunger and desire or it could be a difficult night."
Bomber has no doubt that the leadership of Gers skipper Lee McCulloch will be vital tomorrow.
The former Gers stalwart said: "You have to hand it to Lee McCulloch he has been fantastic for Rangers and has been a great appointment as skipper. In this type of game his contribution will be crucial."