Ally McCoist watched Rangers progress to the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup - then told his players their efforts were simply not good enough.
A first senior goal from Kal Naismith - who was handed his first start - was all that separated the Ibrox side from Highland League champions Forres Mechanics.
Rangers' task should have been made easier following a red card for the home side's Nathan Sharp in the second half but they just scraped through the tie at tiny Mosset Park in the end.
Results on the road in the Irn-Bru Third Division have also been less than convincing this term and McCoist has demanded an improvement.
He said: "It was a relief [to get through] because we weren't good today. It's obviously a bit of a helter-skelter we're on at the moment this season and that was evident today.
"As much as I'm happy to be in the next round, I don't think I would be doing my job if I didn't register my disappointment at the way we played and passed the ball.
"We are through, we are in the next round and that was the object of the exercise but we will have to have a wee chat."
Forres boss Charlie Rowley was also disappointed afterwards for very different reasons to his opposite number.
He said: "It's a very disappointed dressing room in there and I think that says it all about how well we played.
"I asked them to give their all and I'm proud of the players."
- Kal Naismith
- Forres Mechanics