With everyone playing some kind of part in last week’s Scottish Cup there were plenty of tears and tantrums as some went through and others went out. For Jim Jeffries it was a mixed week that was all right for 170 minutes of his 180 minutes of football. Dunfermline had put out Elgin and were holding Rangers to a 0-0 draw at Ibrox. Rangers then went ahead and thanks to Lee McCulloch, Jon Daly and Bilei Mohsni got 3 goals and the 3 points; Josh Falkingham got a consolation for the Pars. All it meant was that Dunfermline missed an opportunity to go into 2nd spot. Both Stranraer and Ayr United have a free weekend and will play next Tuesday due to Stranraer’s Scottish Cup replay so once again there are opportunities to alter the top of the league.
Match of the Day
Dunfermline Athletic v Stenhousemuir
Jim Jeffries’ side will be keen to get back to winning ways and the visit of 4th placed Stenhousemuir couldn’t be more perfect. The Warriors stuttered themselves in the cup as they drew 2-2 with Annan; their reply is midweek on Tuesday the 12th. This is the bread and butter type of game the Pars should be winning to stay on the coat tails of rangers and making sure they are in the play off mix to get back into the second tier league in Scotland; I fancy they will mange it this afternoon.
Rangers v Airdrieonians is a repeat of the first of the 3rd round ties played last weekend. The Friday night fixture ended with Rangers winning 3-0 in what was their 2nd Friday night encounter this season. Gary Bollan managed to keep the score more respectable but we all think a win against Rangers is unlikely in this league. Forfar Athletic v Brechin City has two triumphant sides from the Cup where Brechin put out Arbroath and Forfar beat East Fife. It is in their league form though that they have both struggled to find some kind of consistency and for me this makes this battle interesting. Which one is likely to misfire the most? Forfar for me and an away win is the most likely result I think.
Arbroath v East Fife has the two defeated sides from last weekend facing each other in the league. Both sides are desperate to get points and find safety so it will be down to who recovers quickest. The Red Lichties have had a torrid time of it whilst the Fifers changed the man in charge and have recruited some very interesting names to the cause. It does make picking a potential winner harder as each of them have their own merits but I reckon home advantage may just be significant.
SCOTTISH CUP REPLAY
Auchinleck Talbot v Stranraer
This has all the makings of a Cup drama as Talbot really do fancy their chances at Beechwood Park and so do I. What is highly significant is that if Talbot are to win it won’t be that much of a shock; not because Stranraer are so bad but Talbot have made their mark. I really think the cup needs romance so my heart is going to rule my head and go for a Talbot win!