The CIS League Cup final at Hampden saw Rangers make two enforced changes to the side which defied Werder Bremen in Germany last Thursday to reach the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.
Suspended duo Nacho Novo and Charlie Adam were replaced by Lee McCulloch and Chris Burke, who won his fitness battle.
Dundee United manager Craig Levein, leading a team out at Hampden for the first time, made four changes after his side’s midweek goalless draw at Celtic.
Noel Hunt returned to the starting line-up along with Christian Kalvenes, Willo Flood and Morgaro Gomis, in place of the benched David Robertson and Craig Conway and cuptied Danny Grainger and Jim O’Brien.
Rangers were bidding to win their first trophy for three years, while United were at Hampden for the first time since their 2005 Scottish Cup defeat, aiming to lift a national trophy for the first time since their solitary Scottish Cup success in 1994.