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SFL DIVISION THREE PREVIEW – SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY 2013

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Rangers played and Rangers won – what a surprise. Having said that, it was back up at Balmoor and Rangers hardly had the walk over that other games have seemed judging by their recent score lines. A single goal victory brings the same number of points as a rout so they have stayed up at the top! In the other fixture Queens Park got the win away at Ochilview against East Stirlingshire to stay in 2nd whilst Montrose and Clyde fought out a 1-1 draw. With a scheduled 10am pitch inspection at Berwick this could be a very quick preview…

Game of the day is clearly Rangers v Montrose. It is also the only certainty to be played (Jinx if I ever read one!) Fran Sandaza got Rangers their points last weekend and even when the Blue Toon went down to 10 men, Rory McAllister sent off, they struggled to dominate. My usual reliable True Blue source is sure that this was because of the lack of Lee McCulloch and that is exactly what they will have to contend with again this weekend as McCulloch remains out. Montrose also had a 10 man problem last weekend. They lost their player in the 8th minute to a deliberate handball, and then conceded the penalty! Luckily for them Scott Johnston pulled one back later against Clyde. They have added loan signings from Dundee in John Gibson and Martin Boyle so hope they can take something from Ibrox. In the other game today –should it survive the weather – Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion sees two teams that were idle last weekend in a game both will be desperate to win. Former Alloa and Ayr United keeper David Crawford has joined the Binos whilst Gavin MacPherson has left the club. Berwick have Ross Gray in his last game of his loan spell from Livingston and they hope he will play a blinder! I am sure he does too… The Binos have had a torturous time of it – for years it would appear – and for me this would seem to be likely to continue but the frost may beat me to any prediction by calling the whole thing off!

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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