Our busy schedule continues with a home game against runaway leaders Rangers on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm. We are the only team to have beaten Ally McCoist’s men in Division Three this season and are 12/1 to repeat the feat. Only Rangers have won more home matches than the Binos and our improved form means we are only four points off sixth place.
Team news: Defender Brian Allison, who scored the winner when the sides met in October, is available after a two-match ban but forward Graham Weir is doubtful after picking up a hamstring strain on Saturday. Young striker Sandy Cunningham was forced off against Clyde after injuring his arm but is expected to be fit. Rangers are missing Ross Perry, Lee McCulloch and Kevin Kyle.
Past meetings: We have only beaten Rangers twice in our history, 1-0 at Forthbank earlier this season and 2-0 at Annfield in September 1953. Rangers won 2-0 at Ibrox in December with goals from David Templeton and Andy Little and but Josh Flood hit the post at 1-0 late on and the second goal came after Daly McSorley had been sent off for a second yellow card.
Match facts: We are unbeaten in five matches – our best run since the end of 2009/10 – and have won five of our last seven home fixtures. Rangers have won all nine away league games since losing here on October 6. The Light Blues are 22 points ahead of Queen’s Park at the top while we have moved off the bottom of the table on goal difference.
Greig McDonald: “We recognise Rangers will have the majority of the possession but we want to try and hurt them when we can and it’s important we use the ball well when we have it. We are on a good run and we want that to continue.”
Ally McCoist: “At the start of the season there were rightly question marks being put against us in terms of our away results. I just feel that since then we seem to have developed a more resilient team but that will definitely be put to the test.”
Last five league form: Stirling WDDWW Rangers WDWWW
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Stadium: A capacity crowd of 3,800 is expected. Albion fans will occupy the West Stand, with Rangers supporters in the East Stand and North and South terraces. Parking 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 £13,000!
Club shop: Open before the game
TV: The match is live on Rangers TV
Matchday magazine: Special edition on sale, priced £3
Twitter: We will have live updates @Stirling_Albion
Weather: Cold evening in store with temperatures just above freezing
Other D3 games: Clyde v Queen’s Park, Berwick v Elgin
Next meeting: Rangers v Stirling Albion – Saturday March 23 – 12 noon (ESPN)
Our next match: Elgin City v Stirling Albion – Saturday March 2