Stirling Albion manager Greig McDonald heaped praise on his players after they hit back to shock Rangers for the second time this season .
They ended February unbeaten after six matches in 18 days but now face long-haul trips to Elgin tomorrow (Saturday) and Berwick on Tuesday and must do so without keeper David Crawford, who picked up a thigh injury in the closing stages against Rangers. Graham Weir is still struggling with a hamstring strain and several other players are nursing knocks.
Elgin thumped Albion 4-1 at Forthbank in November but have slipped out of the play-off places after a run of two victories in 14 matches, although they beat Annan in their last Borough Briggs outing.
McDonald, who underwent minor knee surgery yesterday (Thursday) but will take the team as usual for the trip north, said: “I’m delighted to keep the run going and I thought we were good value for a point. It was a stick-on draw for me and I’m thrilled with the performance.
“Rangers didn’t cause us as many problems as they did here the last time – David Crawford had a couple of saves but so did Neil Alexander.
“We got a little bit of bad coverage for one or two bad tackles last time and we were keen to go out and show what we could do – some of our passing moves were excellent and we tried to hit Rangers on the counterattack. Our set-pieces, especially with Kieran’s delivery, are a strength against any team and thankfully Ross was able to stick it in the net.
“We are nine points off Peterhead in fourth so we just need to keep plugging away and picking up points. We are definitely capable but anyone can beat anyone in Division Three and it’s consistency that will move you places.”
Rangers manager Ally McCoist said: “We missed some chances to win the game but the second-half performance was really disappointing and our defending at set-plays has not been good enough. We put good balls into their box but they headed them away, whereas we didn’t do that.”
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