Saturday’s game at Elgin was postponed due to a frozen pitch but the undersoil heating at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium should ensure our Scottish Cup fourth-round replay against holders Inverness CT goes ahead.
Tuesday’s match is live on Sky Sports, kick-off 7.45pm, and a fifth-round tie away to Motherwell on February 6 awaits the winners.
Team news: The game comes too soon for skipper Ross McMillan, who could return to action by the end of the month after being out with a hamstring tear sustained in the 1-0 win over East Fife in the Scottish Cup third-round replay on November 3. Fellow defender Kevin McKinlay is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks with the hamstring injury that saw him carried off after 12 minutes of the 0-0 draw with Caley Thistle. New signing Scot Buist – back for a second spell at Forthbank – is ineligible as he wasn’t registered at the time of the original tie.
Opponents: The Scottish Cup holders slipped to seventh in the Ladbrokes Premiership after losing 2-1 at Kilmarnock on Saturday. Ross Draper scored their goal in a team that showed one change to the XI that lined up at Forthbank, with Carl Tremarco replacing Danny Devine. ICT’s last home game was a 2-0 win over Ross County on January 2. John Hughes’ side had one replay en route to winning the cup in May, beating St Mirren 4-0 after a 1-1 draw in Paisley.
Live TV: This is only the second time we have been involved in a live TV match – the first was a 0-0 draw against Rangers at Ibrox in a Third Division fixture in March 2013. Hopefully it won’t be as cold this time, although the forecast suggests it might be!
Past meetings: We have not played at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium since April 1999 when Alex Bone scored twice in a 2-2 draw in a Second Division match during John Philliben’s time as manager. Duncan Shearer netted both goals for ICT. Others in our team that day included Garry Gow, Brian Martin, Ally Graham and Gavin Price. Our only other game there was earlier that season when we were beaten 3-1.
Referee: Mat Northcroft
Admission: Adults £15, concessions (age 16-25 & seniors) £10, U16s Free
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Distance: It’s 143 miles from Stirling to Inverness – a journey of approximately two hours and 45 minutes.
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Queen’s Park – 23/01/16