Fans' favourite Nacho Novo fired Rangers to a domestic double with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Falkirk in the Homecoming Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.
The diminutive striker heaped more Hampden heartache on the Bairns months after his double sent them crashing out of the League Cup, netting his ninth goal of the season to help Rangers claim the trophy for the 33rd time.
The narrow defeat was a bitter pill for Falkirk to swallow after waiting 12 years for another crack at the silverware they last won back in 1957.
However, Novo proved to be the difference between the two teams and his sizzling strike ensured he even managed to steal the show from Barry Ferguson, who was handed his first start for Rangers since his involvement in the infamous 'Boozegate' affair.
The deposed skipper was drafted into the starting line-up along with Lee McCulloch after Pedro Mendes and Maurice Edu were ruled out through injury.
Those were the only two changes manager Walter Smith made from the side which clinched the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title at the weekend.
Falkirk boss John Hughes also made two changes from the team which retained their SPL status with a dramatic win over Inverness in the last game of the season.
Kevin McBride replaced the suspended Arnau Riera, while Neil McCann was given the nod ahead of Carl Finnigan. Steven Pressley had to settle for a place on the bench after returning from suspension.
McCulloch had an early opportunity to make an impression when he rose above everyone else in the box to connect cleanly with a Steven Davis corner, but his header lacked power and drifted across goal and wide of the upright.
Falkirk then had a decent chance of their own when the ball broke for Burton O'Brien on the edge of the box and he screwed his shot narrowly over the crossbar, although Neil Alexander looked to have it covered.
Steven Whittaker was not too far away with a drive which fell just past the post, with Kris Boyd just a yard too late to help the ball into the back of the net as he raced in from the left.
A Neil McCann shot then drew gasps from the Falkirk crowd as he surged into the box before seeing his effort clip the crossbar on the way over.
The former Rangers man then met a Darren Barr cross from the right flank only to stab agonisingly wide of the post from eight yards out as the underdogs pushed for the opener.
Whittaker picked up the first booking shortly before the break for a rash challenge on Thomas Scobbie, with referee Craig Thomson brandishing the yellow card without hesitation.
He was quickly followed into the book by Jackie McNamara for hauling down Kyle Lafferty, who won Rangers a free-kick near the corner flag.
Davis whipped a teasing ball into the box which was met by the head of David Weir but Steve Lovell came to the rescue by heading off the line on the stroke of half-time.
Rangers swapped Boyd for Novo at the break and the substitution proved to be inspired when the Spaniard opened the scoring just 29 seconds into the second half.
He collected a Sasa Papac throw before unleashing a ferocious 40-yard volley which left Dani Mallo with no chance in the Falkirk goal.
The Bairns could have equalised when Scobbie threw himself in front of a McCann corner only to nod wide of the target from the edge of the six-yard box.
Falkirk thought they had hauled themselves back into the game when substitute Finnigan had the ball in the back of the net within moments of being on the park, but the offside flag was already raised before he unleashed the shot.
Novo then had the chance to claim a double when Kenny Miller set up the shot but the cross smacked off the striker, catching him unawares, and, although he ended up in the net, the ball did not.
Falkirk refused to give up hope and this time it was Lovell holding his head in his hands when his diagonal shot skimmed off the outside of the far post as Rangers held on for the win.