There's no doubt at all that the match against Stirling Albion tomorrow is going to be a special occasion outwith the game on the park. To celebrate Rangers being 140 years old and still going strong, many legends are going to be back at Ibrox and going onto the pitch to the adulation of another brilliant crowd, maybe even a sell-out by 3pm. It will be even more special to be paying tribute to our club's great history after the trials and tribulations of the last few months, and of course you get plenty of enemies claiming we have no history but that just makes it all the more satisfying in my opinion and I think we all feel the same. The figures from the past are as far back as the likes of Davie Wilson and Harold Davis, and as recent as Lorenzo Amoruso and many other 90s players, so it's going to be a very complete occasion. I predict the majority of the Rangers family will be struggling to keep dry eyes tomorrow.
Nevertheless, there is still a game of football to be taken care of as well, and that's what this club is all about. We welcome Stirling Albion and while this league was very new to us when we started, this opposition are certainly no longer strangers. On 6 October Stirling sensationally defeated us on their own patch, a Stirling side rock bottom with one win all season prior to that. The fact they've remained bottom and not won again since continues to speak volumes about that day.
People always react differently but I think it would be difficult for anyone to argue that wasn't a low point. It saw us lose our first match in the third division and also fail to win away from home at the fourth attempt. There was much fallout and heated debate as a result of losing to Stirling, but some time has passed since then and it can only be called positive time. Rangers have won four games on the bounce to go top of the table despite playing less games than teams below us, we've beaten Clyde and East Stirling on their own grounds to break the away duck and also taken care of Alloa and Elgin to progress in the Scottish Cup. A league cup exit to Inverness CT is the only blip in this sequence of games.
All that put together and there should be more than enough confidence, quality and form for us to get the correct result against the league's basement side this time around. We've also been greatly boosted by the return of players from injury, David Templeton and Sandaza were back in the squad against Elgin last weekend. Templeton managed to make it off the bench but Ally McCoist may decide it's too soon to start him, although it could be argued Barrie McKay who he'd likely replace doesn't deserve to be dropped after a good performance last weekend, and while Andy Little's first choice position may not be wide he's always a goal threat. There's a bit of a headache there but it's a headache that you like to have in your playing squad, if we can go through a spell of having most of the first team pool fit it will be excellent. Apart from Templeton I can't see changes being made, with none of the injured defenders back yet our captain Lee McCulloch and Chris Hegarty will likely continue in central defence.
Rangers v Stirling will be a memorable day whatever the score but just to add something a bit more special lets hope for the very good result and performance that all the legends attending will be proud of. 140 years not out!
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