Stirling’s sole success against Rangers was a famous 2-0 win at Annfield (pictured) on September 26, 1953 in a Division One match watched by 19,500 fans. Tom Fergusson was Albion manager at the time, with Bill Struth in charge of the Light Blues. Willie Woodburn scored an own goal and was later sent off, with Dick Whitehead netting our other goal.
• Saturday’s game against Rangers at Forthbank is the first between the teams in a competitive match since August 1995 when we went down 3-2 in a League Cup tie at Ibrox. Walter Smith’s men looked in command thanks to goals from Mark Hateley, Ally McCoist and Stuart McCall but Craig Taggart and Steve McCormick struck in the closing stages and Kevin Drinkell’s team nearly forced extra time.
• The 1987/88 League Cup tie between the teams was played at Brockville as Annfield’s plastic pitch was only permitted for cup ties with the agreement of our opponents – unsurprisingly everyone opted for a neutral venue! A crowd of 11,518 saw Rangers win 2-1 thanks to goals from Mark Falco and Ally McCoist. Davie Thompson was our goalscorer.
• Our last league game against Rangers was a 5-0 defeat at Ibrox on March 16, 1968. The 1967/68 campaign remains our most recent in the top flight and it was not a happy one. We lost 9-0 to Dundee United at Tannadice and twice conceded seven goals to Raith Rovers.
• Albion’s heaviest defeat against Rangers came in a League Cup sectional tie at Annfield in August 1966 when we suffered an 8-0 hammering, but we managed a 1-1 draw in the away game a fortnight later.