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SPFL League One Preview – Saturday 22nd February 2014

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There are some interesting contests this week as the top 4 either play against each other or have games with pretenders just below them. It allows for some real contests at the foot of the table. It is also a welcome to Scott Booth, the new man at Stenhousemuir as he takes his new side to Ibrox for his first fixture in charge.

Match of the Day

Dunfermline Athletic v Ayr United

I realise that picking my own team two weeks in a row could be open to accusations of bias but when they are 4th and play the top 2 sequentially I think I am justified. Dunfermline come off a really impressive 4-2 win against Forfar Athletic last weekend whilst Ayr went down 2-0 at home to Rangers.I reckon Jim Jeffries may have enough to win and keep the momentum going thus delaying the flag and trophy celebrations at Ibrox a wee while to come.

Rangers v Stenhousemuir sees a Rangers team that ground out a 2-0 win at Somerset last weekend against a Warriors side that have a new boss in Scott Booth and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with East Fife last weekend at home. Scott Booth will have little to mull over after this game as a home win is likely and it will tell him little of what task is ahead of him. Brechin City v Stranraer has a misfiring Brechin side needing to make some headway towards the play offs. Their 2-1 defeat at Airdrie last weekend was a real blow whilst Stranraer drew with Arbroath and then went out the Scottish cup midweek – unluckily so – to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. I believe that the mid week journey will unsettle the away side and Brechin will take all the points.

Arbroath v Forfar Athletic has a home side that is dumped at the foot of the table and struggling. They managed a draw against Stranraer last weekend which was comforting till they heard Airdrie had won. Forfar lost in a high scoring treat at home to Dunfermline – at least it was a treat if you were a Pars fan. Arbroath have the need but do they have the desire to win this? Ask me at quarter to five…Finally East Fife v Airdrieonians has a home side that drew with Stenhousemuir last time out whilst Airdrie got a massive boost in a 2-1 win against Brechin City. This should see Gary Bollan’s changes making a real difference and I think Gary Naismith could find himself under real pressure after this game.

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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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