This weekend may have a theme – lambs to the slaughter. It is time for top teams to play teams now languishing at the bottom and managers are getting increasingly nervous but which ones?
Match of the Weekend
Ayr United v Rangers
Believe it or not but these two managers used to be strike partners up front for Kilmarnock! Now Mark Roberts has weathered a storm from last year that questioned his managerial abilities whilst being Rangers manager means that Ally McCoist will never be anything other than questioned over his managerial abilities. It is inevitable that Rangers will win this and make it 8 in a row but stranger things have happened and every time I say my own team will lose they defy me!
Dunfermline Athletic v Forfar Athletic has Jim Jeffries looking to kick on after they mauled Ayr United 5-1 last weekend. Jeffries has never shied away from a challenge and this season is really no different. His calm manner has assured fans and players alike and they would be a much lesser place without him. Dick Campbell at Forfar has also longevity on his side though his team are languishing. Despite two very decent performances against Rangers it is hard to be cheerful up at Station Park. I think it might get a wee bit gloomier today. Stenhousemuir v East Fife sees Martyn Corrigan attempt to lift a side that was beaten 8-0 last weekend to face Willie Aitchieson’s East Fife. The Fifers really need some points. Corrigan has shown himself an adept and astute manager whilst Aithieson has still to prove his mettle. I reckon we could see a bounce back from the Warriors!
Airdrieonians v Brechin City has a home manager under intense scrutiny as Jimmy Boyle has suffered more times than anyone from injuries, suspensions and preparing for one division only to be catapulted into another. The speculation is rife and the visit of a Brechin side finally finding their feet and form is perhaps at the wrong time for Boyle. For Brechin manager, Ray McKinnon this is an ideal opportunity to cement his reputation and I fully expect them to put 3 points on the board today. Stranraer v Arbroath has a home side growing in confidence and the job Stephen Aitken is doing down there is really paying off. Paul Sheerin’s star is perhaps a little less shiny as his side have not really managed to be serious title contenders yet but Sheerin’s position is hardly under threat. For me today the organisation of the home side should pay off.