Greig McDonald’s side deservedly drew with the runaway leaders for the second time in the space of a month with an outstanding performance at Ibrox.
The result means we have only lost once in four meetings with Ally McCoist’s men this season – an incredible statistic – and we could easily have come away with another famous win here.
Jordan White had a header cleared off the line by Fraser Aird following a corner and Scott Davidson had a great chance when he fired over at the end of the first half after being set up by his strike partner.
We restricted Rangers to very few opportunities as they failed to score at home in the league for the first time in 2012/13. It was also their first Division Three blank since we won 1-0 at Forthbank on October 6.
Sam Filler, who kept his place despite the return from injury of David Crawford, made an important early save from Lee Wallace and Kane Hemmings headed wide when he might have scored but the hosts struggled to break down a composed Albion side as we stretched our fine recent run to just one defeat in 10 matches.
This was a display to be proud of on our live TV debut. Stirling looked comfortable in possession and were rarely ruffled by a Rangers team closing in on the title.
They had gone into the weekend hoping today would be the day but the postponement of the Annan v Queen’s Park match removed that prospect and Albion again denied the Light Blues victory in any case.
Rangers were missing a number of players through injury and suspension, and top scorer Andy Little was on international duty with Northern Ireland, but we had to do without banned duo Brian Allison and Kieran McAnespie at a venue where we gave a good account of ourselves in December despite losing 2-0.
McDonald stuck with a 4-4-2 formation, drafting in Josh Flood and Gary Thom in our first outing since the record-breaking 9-1 win over East Stirling a fortnight ago.
On a brutally cold and windy March afternoon, the Binos were excellent throughout to claim our first point at Ibrox since a 0-0 draw in the top flight in September 1955. With a bit of luck in front of goal it would have been even better, but this was an occasion to remember nonetheless – and on the TV too!
Rangers: Alexander, Hegarty, Cribari, Faure, Wallace, McCulloch, McKay (Naismith 61), Hutton, Hemmings (Mitchell 90), Crawford, Aird (Argyriou 77).
Subs (not used): Murdoch, Gallacher (GK).
Stirling Albion: Filler, McCunnie, Forsyth, McClune, Bishop, Thom, Flood (Ashe 77), Ferry, White, Davidson (Weir 64), Johnston (Cunningham 90).
Subs (not used): Day, Crawford (GK).
Referee: Craig Thomson