The Light Blues lost most of their top stars in the summer. Yes, they have brought some decent players in. But it will still be a massive test for them to play against a top flight team.
Motherwell have retained the bulk of their players from the last campaign, they work well as a unit and have done superbly in the SPL so far this season. You have to fancy them to progress.
Having said that, Rangers did very well against the best team they have played so far this season, Irn-Bru First Division side Falkirk. They played really well against them at Ibrox. They battered them in fact.
I am sure they will have a right good go against Stuart McCall's team. The Well game will be a massive test for Ally McCoist and his players. He will not need to say anything to his men to get them up for the game.
It is the chance for them to show the clubs who refused them entry into the SPL what they are missing.
The players will want to win the game for themselves. There is sure to be a full house at the game to lift them too.
There is talk of Motherwell fans boycotting the game. How will anybody know the difference if they did? Hardly any of them go to games anyway!
This is as great chance for Rangers to play an SPL club. Win it, and they could draw Celtic in the next round. Getting an Old Firm game to play in is a massive incentive.
I am sure David Templeton, the young winger who completed his move to Rangers from Hearts last week just before the transfer window closed, will have a point to prove in the Motherwell game.
There has been a lot of nonsense spoken about Templeton's transfer to Ibrox. According to some, he is jeopardising his chances of getting into the Scotland team.
But when he was playing regularly for Hearts, and performing really well, he wasn't getting a sniff of the national team.
I have heard people argue that he is lacking ambition by moving to a Third Division team. Again, that is rubbish. Nobody else wanted him. Not even Hearts wanted to keep him.
At the end of the day, he has moved to a massive club where he will be playing in front of full houses every week and will be earning six or seven times his previous salary. How the hell does he lack ambition doing that?
He is only 23. He has another 10 years at least at the top level. He won't be at his peak until he is 28 or 29. By that time, Rangers will be back in the SPL.
Moving to Rangers was a no- brainer for him. He was never going to turn down the salary increase from his wage at Hearts – a club that failed to pay its players on time last season – to join Rangers.
I have no doubt Ally was delighted to get one of his signing targets, and a very good player at that, just before the transfer window closed.
It was unfortunate that he failed to get the numbers he was looking for – he had wanted to add as many as six new players to his squad – before the 12-month signing embargo kicked in.
The loss of his first choice centre-backs, Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian, on loan is especially difficult for him. It would have been far better if they had moved weeks ago to allow him time to get replacements in.
I don't know why Ally didn't get the players he was looking for. Perhaps the club refused to pay.
Whatever the reason, Rangers have a first-team squad of around 19 players. It is a little bit thin. If they get a few injuries or suspensions they might be toiling.