Rangers continued where they left off with a highly impressive charge towards the title. It might be hard to see them as genuine contenders when they increasingly appear as the only contenders for the title but they have found a rhythm and are making the 3rd division their own. I am no fan of the Ibrox rhetoric as this division was fine before them and will survive without them but their presence is welcome and the spectacle for third division sides has been great. Underneath there is still a battle with Elgin and Peterhead last Wednesday fighting out a win for the Blue Toon that took them right into the heart of the play offs. Queen’s Park had another great win, this time against Clyde whilst Montrose’s mojo was short lived and they fell to the other Rangers! Down the bottom Stirling Albion and East Stirlingshire thrashed out a 1-1 draw that did neither of them any good.
Game of the Day for me is up north with Peterhead v Montrose. David Cox did it again with a goal that set the Blue Toon on their way to a 3-0 win at Elgin City and Jim McInally’s team will hopefully get some consistency to propel them to the 2nd top spot. Montrose need the points; simples.
Berwick Rangers v East Stirlingshire has 2 other sides who need the points. Ian Little’s Berwick have got nearer the play offs whilst John Coughlin’s East Stirlingshire are hovering just above last place. Both have significant injury worries for this game as well as indifferent form – Wednesday was Berwick’s first win in 5 contests! For me this could end up being fascinating or a bore draw. Clyde v Annan Athletic has a Clyde side that was blown away by Queens Park 4-1 on Wednesday against an Annan side that was put to the sword by Rangers. Annan still have Euan Bryden in charge and he will want to cement his place in the dug out with a win but Jim Duffy’s side will try hard to stop them. It has been very hard to be a Bully Wee fan of late and they certainly could do with some cheer. A visit from Annan may help but somehow it will have to be scrapped over first.
Rangers v Elgin City has, according to my well placed and highly influential source, all the hallmarks of another home win. There is no doubting that Rangers had a great festive period and they will be looking to maintain that with another win. Who says they won’t get it! Elgin are slumping. A game at Ibrox is completely at the wrong time and they really could do with a couple of home games where the teams fall out of the bus knackered and wishing they were still in their jammies at 5 in the morning snoring wildly instead of being on a cold bus on a cold trip to the cold north. If they don’t start picking up points soon they look doomed to mid table turpitude… Finally Stirling Albion v Queens Park has yet another hard fixture for the Binos as they entertain a side that won 4-1 on Wednesday and is on a terrific run. The Rangers defeat aside, Gardner Speirs has got the side sitting pretty with games in hand and form on the park that is bringing plaudits and points. An away win seems most likely but, as with Clyde FC, Stirling Albion have the weight of fan expectation upon their shoulders as they are fan owned and spearhead the whole fan power movement in the SFL. Fans will not buy into it unless it becomes a success. For both sides this is really beginning to look like an experiment that is not delivering tangible results. A win here won’t convince anyone either but it would really help their cause on the 3rd division this season.