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It’s back to league business for Stirling Albion tomorrow after the excitement of being paired with Rangers in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

The Binos have a huge match at Ibrox to look forward to on the weekend of January 22 after being rewarded with a money-spinning tie for beating Tranent Juniors 4-0 last weekend.

Dylan Mackin (2), Jack Leitch and Jordan McGregor got the goals as Albion secured a comfortable win to take their place in the last 32 for the first time in five years.

Back then Stirling were paired with Clyde in round four and lost in a replay but this time it’s a game against the cinch Premiership leaders, who now have Giovanni van Bronckhorst in charge.

The immediate focus for Kevin Rutkiewicz’s side is ending a run of three straight league defeats when they take on Cowdenbeath.

Stirling are third in the cinch League 2 table but are only three points in front of sixth-placed Stenhousemuir after going five games without a win.

Albion saw off the Blue Brazil 4-0 at Forthbank at the end of September and Cowdenbeath are now seven points adrift of Elgin City at the foot of the table. Maurice Ross has replaced Gary Bollan as manager since the last meeting of the teams but they haven’t won since beating Fraserburgh in the SPFL Trust Trophy back in August and have struggled to score goals.

Stirling triumphed 5-1 on their last visit to Central Park in April and will hope they can build some momentum after winning in the Scottish Cup last weekend. Albion go to second-placed Forfar next weekend then host Annan Athletic and Elgin City in a home double header before Christmas.

Binos boss Rutkiewicz said: “It has been a happy hunting ground through there but it’s a new management team in place since we last played Cowdenbeath. I know Mo Ross and Scott Paterson from doing my coaching licences and it will be a different approach to Gary Bollan.

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“It was 4-0 at Forthbank but I said at the time that result flattered us and Cowdenbeath had good spells in the game at 2-0 before we got two goals on the break at the end.

“I keep saying this, but we need to be at our best in this league. We need to get into a groove again and a lot of that comes from continuity of selection and that has been a problem for us recently with injuries.

“We have been unfortunate in that respect and most of them have been impact injuries.

“We were off it against Stenhousemuir and paid the price and against Albion Rovers we lacked a bit of quality. Against Edinburgh a fortnight ago I felt we were the better team and were unlucky to lose. I think that performance was the beginning of the redemption and Tranent was hopefully another step in the right direction.”

Defenders Paul McLean and Martin McNiff will both miss tomorrow’s game due to injury. Midfielder Rabin Omar (hip) and striker Dylan Bikey (hamstring) are also sidelined and Ray Grant is suspended. Dale Carrick will be available after sitting out the Tranent tie due to illness.

Albion Lotto: Numbers drawn on December 1 for week 67 of the Stirling Albion Supporters Trust lottery were 3, 12, 23 and 30. There were no jackpot winners so next week’s jackpot is £1,770. Three lucky dip winners each receive £20. They are: C Smith, E Marshall, C Rowley.

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