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SPFL League One preview – Saturday 28th September

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There is clearly one run away leader here but the chase for play offs is certainly hotting up. Down at the wrong end there are also clear signs of who ought to be in the mix for the season but I have a funny feeling that may all change as we head towards Christmas. How will it be affected by this weekend…

MATCH OF THE DAY

RANGERS V STENHOUSEMUIR

It is easy to dismiss Rangers at times as the antics of some of their support make them bogey men. The thing is that they have been playing some decent football at times and though they will get a few sticky ties during the course of the season they are a much better side than last year and would do a job as it stands in the Championship. They will be without Kyle Hutton and Sebastian Faure though Ian Black is available and perhaps one of the interesting features of today is how that support will react if he appears. They face a Warriors side that are no mugs and Martyn Corrigan has strung together some decent results with this team. They only have David Rowson missing and should make a very decent game of it. I have to say I fancy a home win but you never know…

Dunfermline Athletic v Ayr United is another top 4 clash which has a Pars side that beat Airdrie last weekend 2-1 and are at full strength. Ayr United couldn’t close out their win last weekend against 10 man Brechin City and if they don’t start winning they will start slipping. They have a very difficult fortnight as they play Dunfermline this weekend and then Rangers next weekend making 3 points today vital for them. They will be without Martyn Campbell. It’s tough and as an Ayr fan would love to see an away win but it could go either way. Brechin City v Stranraer has a Brechin side, like Ayr struggling for win bonuses. They did manage a very good fight back last weekend and will only be missing Derek Carcary and Graham Hay this weekend whilst Stranraer won against East Fife last Saturday and then lost in the League Cup against Hibs midweek. Seam Winter is the only one missing for them but I reckon their cup antics may cost them and I reckon a home win here.

Arbroath v Forfar Athletic has a home side welcoming back Alex Keddie whilst Tony Bullock has left the club and Steven Milne is out. Their visitors will field the same side that faced Rangers last weekend and held them to a single goal victory. It means Derek Soutar, Martyn Fotheringham, Mark McCulloch and Keith Gibson remain out for the Loons. Arbroath will want to march on from their 4-3 loss last weekend and I reckon they will just be a shade too strong for Forfar. East Fife v Airdrieonians has two sides battling at the wrong end of the table. Gary Naismith will be in the Methil squad whilst Christian Nade won’t. Jimmy Boyle will not have John Boyle, Chris O’Neill and has doubts over Lewis Coult and Jim Lister. It means I think that Boyle will have increased pressure heaped upon him as the Fifers might find enough guile for 3 points.

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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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