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Stirling Albion v Rangers match preview

Stirling Albion v Rangers match preview

Stirling Albion and Rangers meet on league business for the first time since March 1968 when they square up in front of a sell-out 3,800 crowd at Forthbank on Saturday. We are looking to end a run of five straight defeats in Division Three while our visitors are looking for their first away league win on the road after draws at Peterhead, Berwick and Annan.

Team news: Albion welcome back striker Scott Davidson after a two-game ban but Bradley Coyne is out long term after knee surgery. Player-manager Greig McDonald will miss the game as he is getting married so assistants Marc McCulloch and Shaun Fagan will take charge of the team. Rangers have Ian Black and Dean Shiels back from injury but Fran Sandaza, Andy Little and David Templeton are out.

Marc McCulloch: “We will give Rangers the same courtesy and respect we give any team that arrives at Stirling but come 3pm we must believe anything can happen. I think it’s safe to say both teams have not performed to their capabilities but we are not even a quarter of the way in and both teams are new to the league.

“I’m really looking forward to the game as a player and as a coach – some of my fondest memories as a full-time footballer with St Johnstone were playing against Rangers, especially at Ibrox against a team that included the likes of Stefan Klos, Barry Ferguson, Andrei Kanchelskis and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.”

Ally McCoist: “Stirling have a reasonable stadium and the surface is meant to be good so all the indications are it should suit us there. It’s time for us to stand up and be counted and go out to get three points. If we want to go to the top of the league, we can go out and do that this weekend. Our performance levels will hopefully improve but the victory is the most important thing for us.”

Referee: Bobby Madden

Other Div 3 fixtures: Montrose v East Stirling, Peterhead v Berwick

Next meeting: Rangers v Stirling Albion – Saturday December 8

Club shop: Open before and after the game.

Matchday magazine: Special edition on sale, priced £3.

Fans: The game is a sell-out. Albion fans will occupy the West Stand, with Rangers supporters in the East Stand and North and South terracing. Parking around the ground is likely to be at a premium so please come early or use public transport.

Albion Lotto: Tickets on sale before the game. Wednesday’s jackpot is £8,000!

Binos Bar: Unfortunately not open this week due to the increase in hospitality.

Twitter: For those not able to make it, we will have live updates @Stirling_Albion

Weather forecast: Dry and sunny

Our next game: Stirling v Montrose – Saturday October 20