Alloa Athletic and their fans would have been looking forward to the visit of Rangers from the moment the league fixtures for the 2014/15 were first released three months ago, a true glamour game for the club in every sense considering anyone who attended the last time their team hosted a competitive match against us are most likely to be found 6 ft under just a mile up the road in the towns Sunnyside Cemetery.
Isn't it odd that in Alloa Athletic's 136 year history this will be only the second time we've faced each other on their home pitch? The previous occasion being all of 92 years ago which finished in favour of a 2-0 win for the visitors.
The Wasps were founded in 1878 as Clackmannan County, becoming Alloa a year later and finally adopting the present-day name Alloa Athletic in 1883. In the early years they played their home games in a public park, the club then moved to Gaberston Park in 1883 and to Bellevue Park in 1890. After five years at Bellevue Park, Alloa Athletic moved to Recreation Park, where the club has played its home games ever since.
Saturday will also mark another special occasion for the 3,100 capacity Recreation Park because a ten year deal was agreed for a six figure sum for renaming the ground and was signed on Friday 12th September, 2014. John Horne, group Managing Director of the Indodrill Group from Singapore will be officially launching the new name - The Indodrill Stadium - on Saturday at 12.30.
In total we have come up against Alloa just five times in our history, the other 4 matches all played at Ibrox Park finished with Rangers victories, scores being 2-0, 6-0, 4-0 and more recently a 7-0 demolition in a Scottish Cup tie a couple of years ago.
So what type of game can we expect at the Indodrill Stadium this Saturday?
At the end of last month the Wasps stung the Hi-beez and took all 3 points in a surprising 2-1 home win against the Edinburgh side and their success in reaching the semi-finals of the Petrofac Training Cup where they await the winners of the East Fife/Rangers quarter final tie suggests they must be a decent side, full of confidence and therefore a dangerous opponent.
Up front Alloa have striker Greig Spence, a former Rangers Youth player who's in good scoring form with 8 competitive goals already to his name this season and should present a test for our shaky at times defence, especially with Mr Bombscare around.
Manager Barry Smith will have his side fired up for this one if only to get some sort of revenge for his 4 years as a player with C*ltic smack bang in the middle of Gers 9-in-a-row run.
Enough of them, what about us? Well, we too are in fine form and are arguably playing better as a team than we've seen for quite some time. Confidence will be running high throughout the squad after 7 wins on the bounce and a deserved midweek League Cup win against a team sitting joint top of the Premiership.
We have players all over the park who can score goals with TWELVE men already finding the net so far this campaign. Indeed, of all 10 outfield players who have started each of the last two games for us, only one man - defender Lee Wallace - has yet to open his account.
I'm no expert when it comes to team selection, tactics and formations, so I'll just say I hope Ally opts for the same 11 as in his previous two games, which should be enough for a comfortable victory and take us ever nearer on our journey back to our rightful place as best team in the country.
Anyone fancy big Bilel to enter the history books by becoming the 1st player in Alloa Athletic's history to score against Rangers? He bloody better not.
Please feel free to comment below or on the forum thread for Bearman's match preview here - Alloa Athletic vs Rangers: The Place will be 'Buzzing'