Montrose are our visitors this weekend as we return to action for the first time since losing 2-1 to Clyde at Broadwood on January 12. The Gable Endies are third in the Third Division table while we are aiming to close the five-point gap on second-bottom East Stirlingshire ahead of Tuesday’s local derby at Forthbank.
Team news: Gary Thom is suspended and fellow defenders Ross McGeachie (injured) and Jamie Clark (illness) also miss out. Recent signing Ross Forsyth, on loan from Dumbarton, is a doubt due to illness but Jamie Bishop and David Crawford should feature. Montrose are without Phil McGuire but Stephen McNally returns.
Past meetings: Montrose were deserved 3-1 winners when the teams met at Forthbank in October but we were unlucky to lose 3-2 at Links Park at the end of December despite a double from Scott Davidson.
Match facts: We have won four and lost five of our nine home league games this season. Montrose’s record on the road is won four, drawn three and lost four. The Links Park outfit drew 2-2 at home to East Stirling last weekend and earned an impressive 1-1 draw at Ibrox the previous week. Our last victory was 1-0 over Peterhead on December 22. Having been idle for a month, the Montrose match is the first of nine games in the space of 29 days.
Greig McDonald: “This is the start of a busy period of games where we will be looking to move up the table and beating Montrose would be an excellent start.”
Stuart Garden: “If we can defeat Stirling and Rangers win against Queen’s Park then we will move into second place for the first time this season.”
Last five league form: Stirling WLDLL Montrose WLDDD
Referee: Gary Hilland
Rangers tickets: On sale inside the ground for our February 26 fixture to home fans only, priced £13 adults, £10 seniors, £7 U17s
Admission: £10 adults, £7 seniors/students, £5 children U17
Fans: Only the West Stand will be open and Montrose fans are requested to use turnstiles 3 & 4
Club shop: Open before the game
Matchday magazine: First chance to buy the February edition, priced £3
Binos Bar: Open before and after the match – all welcome
Twitter: For those not able to make it, we will have live updates @Stirling_Albion
Radio Royal: If you have friends or family in Forth Valley Hospital, they can hear full commentary of the game from Albion stalwart Sandy Morton
Weather: Chilly and overcast but should be dry
Next meeting: Montrose v Stirling Albion – Saturday April 6
Other D3 games: Berwick v Clyde, East Stirling v Peterhead, Elgin v Annan, Rangers v Queen’s Park
Our next game: Stirling Albion v East Stirlingshire – Tuesday February 12