It is just a few weeks since Ally McCoist's side crashed out of the League Cup to Forfar and the Gers boss famously let rip at Charles Green on another tumultuous weekend for him, his players and the club.
Now, though, things are very different as they prepare for their second meeting of the season with Dick Campbell's side.
And the biggest change of all is the players that Ally has available for selection.
It was last year's squad that lost at Station Park the first time and it showed just why Ally had to sign the number of new players he has this summer.
That game proved that the squad wasn't good enough.
Since then, Rangers have played some good stuff and the new lads have made a huge difference to the side.
Nicky Law and Jon Daly made a real impact when they appeared as trialists and the team have been much better recently. It is a huge improvement already from last season.
Rangers are certainly due Forfar one this weekend. They didn't play well at all up there the last time and crashed out of a cup competition at the first hurdle.
Rangers had a point to prove when they faced Queen of the South on Tuesday and they have another to prove at Forfar on Sunday.
This will show how far Rangers have come in the few weeks since the League Cup game.
Ally has always said, and rightly so, that winning League One and winning promotion is the most important thing this season.
But, with the squad he has, a lot of people were expecting them to have a decent run in the cup competitions.
That is why the defeat at Forfar a few weeks ago will still hurt and disappoint Ally and the players. It was a big opportunity missed this season. They have got Premiership-quality players so they would have been hoping for a decent run in the League Cup.
I am sure Ally made his feelings clear to the players after that defeat at Station Park. It will be different this time around, though.
Ally and the players want to test themselves against the better sides in Scotland and I am sure they will be delighted if they got a top tier side in the Scottish Cup. It is important they do well in the tournament now.
This side won't be the same one that will play in the Premiership in a couple of years, there will be more new players brought in, but it is a guide of where they are just now.
Rangers are a far better side this season so it would be good to see them tested against a Premiership side. That is when we will see how far they have come.
The difficulty for Ally now is picking his strongest XI. He has options all over the pitch and that is a good thing for a boss.
He played Sebastien Faure at right-back against Arbroath then brought Richard Foster in there for the Queen of the South game.
That was a position that they really struggled with last season so it is good to have options there.
When you are building a side, then you have got to get the back door shut first and foremost.
If you don't lose goals, you don't lose games. He has got to get the back four right.
Is it Faure or Foster? Stevie Smith or Lee Wallace at left-back? Do you play Arnold Peralta wide or in the centre of midfield? These choices have to be made.
You can do as much in training as you want but you need competitive games to see how things are working.
I think it will take a few weeks before Ally really knows what his strongest starting line-up is.
Until then, he has got plenty of things to try out. Even although he brings a couple of players out and puts a couple in, the side is not being weakened.
He has a very strong squad. But it will take him time to figure out what his strongest team is.