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.