Rangers ended the first month of the season with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
Goals from former Gers hitman Kris Boyd and a James Tavernier thunderbolt free-kick saw the keenly-contested match end in a stalemate – and it's not what Rangers would have wanted.
Rangers start was a decent one; Kenny Miller, searching for his 100th Rangers goal, was sent in behind the Killie defence, but he could only fire into the side-netting.
However, the good start wouldn't last long – and it would end in Joe Dodoo getting stretchered off after he fell awkwardly in the box under a challenge from Will Boyle. He was replaced by new signing Joe Garner.
And they were a bit fortunate not to have conceded a penalty when Adam Frizzel's shot was charged down by the arms of Clint Hill.
Before that substitution took place Killie went close to taking the lead with 10 minutes on the clock as their experienced head in midfield, Gary Dicker fizzed a shot inches wide of Wes Foderingham's left-hand post.
Garner, who was anxious to find the net on his debut went close – he was on the end of Harry Forrester's corner but he could only stab his effort over the bar. Also, inside the box, Joey Barton was grappled to the ground but Kevin Clancy simply wasn't interested.
It went from disappointment from Garner to jubilation for Kris Boyd. He got the run on Hill and Kiernan and latched onto Greg Kiltie's through-ball before finding the bottom corner and giving Killie a lead on the half-hour mark.
Rangers came out for the second half with a renewed sense of urgency and almost instantly equalised. Tavernier and Joe Garner played a one-two and Tavernier found plenty of space inside the box but the right-back's finish couldn't match the good approach play.
But just before the hour, Tavernier would make his mark on the game. McKay was fouled courtesy of a late tackle from Hawkshaw. Tavernier took the free-kick duties back from Joey Barton and curled an unstoppable effort into the top corner beyond the glove of the diving Jamie MacDonald.
Rangers had the wind in their sails at this point and Killie would shoot themselves in the foot by going down to 10 men. Joey Barton played the ball away and young Greg Taylor slid in with a horrendous studs-up tackle – Kevin Clancy had no hesitation as he brandished the red card.
Tavernier was unlucky not to get his second of the game. His well-struck free-kick, from slightly closer in than the one he scored from, was well-saved.
For all Rangers' probing, they were struggling to find a way to find the second goal – and MacDonald would make sure his side would secure the point on the night when he got down low to deny McKay's goalbound effort late on.
Rangers: Foderingham; Tavernier, Hill, Kiernan, Wallace; Rossiter (Kranjcar 58), Barton (Halliday 69), Forrester; McKay, Miller, Dodoo (Garner 15).