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Rangers v Stirling match preview

Stirling Albion make their first league visit to Ibrox for more than 40 years on Saturday as we take on Third Division leaders Rangers.

The Light Blues are using this game to mark their 140th anniversary and a host of famous former players have been invited. We are hoping to produce a second shock result of the season, following the incredible 1-0 win at Forthbank in October when Brian Allison scored the winner.

Team news The Binos welcome back Gary Thom from a two-match ban while fellow defenders Brian Allison, Kieran McAnespie and David McClune return after illness and injury. Jamie McCunnie, Jamie Clark and Danny Ashe miss out. Rangers are still without Emilson Cribari, Ross Perry and Sebastien Faure but David Templeton and Fran Sandaza returned to the squad for Sunday’s Scottish Cup win over Elgin.

Form guide We have not played since going 2-1 to Queen’s Park at Hampden a fortnight ago and we have taken just one point on the road this season, in a 2-2 draw at Peterhead. Albion’s only league shut-out came in the win over Rangers on October 6. We are five points adrift of East Stirlingshire at the foot of the table and welcome the Shire to Forthbank on Tuesday. Rangers have a 100% home record, with 18 goals for and three against, in their five games to date. Ally McCoist’s men are a point clear of Elgin at the top and have two games in hand.

Past meetings This is our first league visit to Ibrox since March 1968 – we lost 5-0 in the old First Division. Our most recent game there was a League Cup tie in August 1995 when Kevin Drinkell’s team were unlucky to lose 3-2. We have beaten Rangers twice in our history – 1-0 earlier this season and 2-0 at Annfield in 1953.

Referee Mike Tumilty

Admission All-ticket. Albion fans will be housed in the Govan West corner.

Other Division Three games Annan v Queen’s Park, Berwick v Peterhead, East Stirling v Montrose, Elgin v Clyde.

Next meetings Stirling v Rangers (date TBC), Rangers v Stirling (March 23)