RANGERS 2 CHELSEA 0 IF ever there was a day for unlikely heroes then Saturday at Ibrox was surely it. It began with Glasgow Airport baggage handler John Smeaton receiving a rousing standing ovation from a sell-out Ibrox crowd for bringing down Al-Qaeda on his fag break. And it ended with a dramatic and morale-boosting victory for Rangers over the richest team in British football - courtesy of late strikes from two players who face the fight of their lives just to save their own careers from crashing and burning this season. Time will only tell if Nacho Novo and Filip Sebo manage to do a Smeato this season and emerge victorious from their separate struggles. But on Saturday both of these players will have left Ibrox fuelled with a fresh sense of belief that they can meet the challenge head on after their have-a-go heroics left Jose Mourinho's Chelsea battered and bruised. However, in all probability only one of them has a fighting chance. Sebo may have got lucky in 87 minutes when his winder of a shot spun up off Tal Ben Haim and looped over sub keeper Henrique Hilario to seal a two-goal win but there was precious little else about the Slovakian's brief cameo appearance to suggest he is about to be reborn as a Rangers player. In fact, if anything, it was quite the contrary. Novo, on the other hand, used his 45-minute run-out to remind boss Walter Smith of just how dangerous he can be. The little Spaniard was a stand-out after replacing Kris Boyd at half time, tearing at Chelsea's defence from his position wide on the right of a five-man midfield. Novo's pace and energy added another dimension to Rangers' forward play which lacked a cutting edge throughout what was still a thoroughly engaging first half. Not only did Novo's arrival lend a better balance to Smith's side but Novo also provided chances for both Sebo and Barry Ferguson before slamming home a spectacular opening goal five minutes from time. It really was a splendid performance from a player whose insides burn with a desire to prove he has not outstayed his usefulness, even though he has entered the final year of his Ibrox contract. So far this summer Novo has been little more than an afterthought for a manager who has been busy putting his own imprint on a side he inherited six months ago. In fact, his main purpose in the last few weeks has been to act as an interpreter for countryman Carlos Cuellar - one of eight players to have been recruited during the transfer window thus far. But Novo is surely now back in Smith's thoughts as the manager prepares for his first competitive game of the new season, tomorrow night's Champions League qualifier against Montenegrin minnows FC Zeta. Smith said: "Of all the players on our staff Nacho has a determination and level of work rate which is terrific. "Sometimes he can be a little erratic in the way he plays but he's popular with all the players because of what he does. "It was good to see him get a goal because he thrives on a bit of confidence. "He goes through seasons where, if he gets a run of goals he can carry that on and then he goes through sticky spells. But he needs to continue what he's doing for us because he is appreciated by everybody for his input. "We obviously have our thoughts about the team for Tuesday but we have had six months here now and we know what the likes of Nacho can do for the team." With Charlie Adam struggling to recapture the sparkling form he showed last season Smith has suddenly been presented with an alternative which appears to make perfect sense. Should Novo make his starting line-up on the right flank it would allow new boy Lee McCulloch - who has impressed even though he has been played out of position - to return to a more natural role on the lefthand side. The rest of Smith's team would appear to be picking itself which must be a source of delight for the manager so early into his rebuilding work. Despite the arrival of Roy Carroll, who was given a 45-minute outing on Saturday, Allan McGregor remains the first-choice keeper. Alan Hutton is nailed down at right-back and has looked impressive. Hutton played only 45 minutes against Chelsea but in that time he made a series of lung-bursting raids down the Rangers right. And the quality of his final ball has improved. Cuellar, who is already emerging as a key signing, strolled through Saturday's match even though he was up against the likes of Andriy Shevchenko, Didier Drogba and Claudio Pizarro. And veteran Davie Weir was equally comfortable before being replaced by Andy Webster at the break. In the absence of the injured Stevie Smith, Sasa Papac appears to be nudging in front of Kirk Broadfoot at left-back. Barry Ferguson and Brahim Hemdani are no-brainers in the centre of midfield while Kevin Thomson continues to struggle with an ear infection. Thomson hoped to play the second half on Saturday but didn't and is unlikely to be ready for tomorrow. And up front Jean-Claude Darcheville and Kris Boyd are forging an interesting partnership. Both strikers were only given the first half against Chelsea and although Boyd struggled against the defensive brilliance of John Terry, Darcheville again showed flashes of star quality. But it was Novo's arrival which sparked Rangers' play into life. In 66 minutes he latched on to a stray pass from Cheslea sub John Obi Mikel to lay aperfectly-weighted pass into the path of Sebo - who had replaced McCulloch just five minutes earlier - but the Slovak's finish was woeful. A couple of minutes later Novo was scampering through again, this time opting to set up Ferguson when he ought to have gone it alone. Hilario came off his line to smother Ferguson's attempted shot and Chelsea survived. But Novo made the breakthrough five minutes from time when he gathered a pass from Chris Burke, who had just replaced the toiling Adam. The Spaniard turned on the edge of the Chelsea box before smashing an unstoppable shot inside Hillario's right post. But if Novo's strike was a stunning goal what followed two minutes later almost defied belief as Sebo got on the scoresheet with the aid of a freakish deflection. Sebo netted just twice last season following his £1.8million move from Austria Vienna, which is probably why he celebrated the moment for all it was worth, ripping off his shirt as he raced towards an ecstatic corner of the ground. And Smith said later: "His first year was a struggle but hopefully that goal will give him a bit of confidence to start his second year. "Filip is one of those players who is popular with the supporters and he got his goal which, maybe typically, was a deflection. "That's just what he does and I hope he can take a bit of confidence from it."