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Skipper eyes improvement

Skipper eyes improvement

Stirling Albion captain Brian Allison (pictured, centre) admits the Third Division campaign has not gone to plan so far but hopes Saturday’s game against Rangers can spark an upturn in fortunes.

The Binos thrashed Annan 5-1 on the opening day but we have since lost to Elgin, Clyde, Queen’s Park, East Stirling and Berwick, although Saturday’s 5-0 win at Dalbeattie in the Scottish Cup lifted spirits. We are 12/1 outsiders to beat Rangers then face Montrose at Forthbank on October 20 before travelling to Peterhead on October 27 for the final fixture of the first quarter.

Allison told Saturday’s match magazine: “It’s definitely been disappointing – that’s the only way to see it really. After the first game everyone was flying high but, from then on, we’ve quite frankly underperformed, both individually and collectively.

“To be honest, I’m not sure where to pinpoint the problem. I just think we’re having a difficult time of it right now and with the couple of heavy defeats we’ve suffered the confidence is down. Only results and performances will raise confidence.

“Obviously, it’s great for a club like Stirling Albion to play against a team like Rangers. The standard of the players they’ve got and the size of the club means it’ll be a big day for the club, so yes, we are relishing it. But at the end of the day it’s another league game for us and it’s one we need to take points from.”