Montrose are currently sitting third in the table and are on course for the play-offs as they bid to escape the basement for the first time since the current league structure was introduced in 1994/95.
Stirling’s main aim is simply to avoid finishing bottom of the pile and Binos boss McDonald will hope that his January transfer dealings pave the way to a better run of results.
Goalkeeper David Crawford, defenders Ross Forsyth and Jamie Bishop, midfielder Phil Johnston and striker Jordan White, who was previously on loan from Falkirk, have all joined in the last month or so, while five others have left the club.
Gary Brass, Andy Hunter, Gavin Macpherson, Mark Peat and Steven Weir are those moving on.
Forsyth was unavailable for the midweek match with East Stirlingshire but he and defender Gary Thom, who was suspended for Tuesday’s clash, will be available to face Montrose.
However, the recent cold weather could yet create further problems in what has been a stop-start and difficult campaign.
Meanwhile, league reconstruction edged a step closer to becoming a reality when SPL and SFL clubs agreed to move forward with plans for either a 12-12-18 or 12-12-10-10 set-up, potentially in time for the 2013/14 season.
Much work remains to be done and there is no certainty of change, but a statement following Thursday’s gathering of the 30 SFL clubs - the 12 SPL clubs met a week past Monday - read: “It was a constructive and positive meeting whereby clubs demonstrated their support to take the discussions forward and to establish the detail required to take the reconstruction process to the next stage.”
It went on: “All 30 clubs were represented and each made a valuable contribution to the debate.
“The Scottish Football League will now enter into discussions with the SPL to provide the detail required by clubs.” The Scottish Football League also have confirmed new dates for Albion’s outstanding fixtures against Annan Athletic and Berwick Rangers.
The Binos will face Annan at Forthbank on Tuesday, February 19, kick-off 7.45pm, and travel to Shielfield to play Berwick on Tuesday, March 5, also at 7.45pm.
Admission prices for Saturday’s game against Montrose at Forthbank are £10 for adults, £7 seniors/students and £5 for U17s.
The Albion Lotto jackpot rolls over to £12,250 today (Wednesday).
Last week’s numbers - 11, 25, 32 and 37 produced no winner.
Six players matched three numbers, winning £41.67 each.