Stirling Albion 1 - 1 Rangers

Tuesday 26th February 2013
R Forsyth (51)A Little (16)

Gers held by Albion

Rangers trudged out of Forthbank without a win for the second time this season as Stirling cost them another two points in a 1-1 draw.

The Albion home ground is the only Irn-Bru Third Division venue at which the Glasgow giants have failed to emerge victorious this season after their first visit in October ended in a shock 1-0 defeat.

They have notched up nine successive away wins since that game but this performance showcased many of the team's frustrating frailties as Andy Little's 22nd goal of the season was allowed to be cancelled out by Ross Forsyth's 51st-minute equaliser.

The league leaders started the game a massive 37 points ahead of the second-bottom Binos and should have had enough to maintain their 22-point lead at the top, which has now been trimmed by two after Queen's Park's win over Clyde.

There was the small mercy for the Ibrox club in that their under-fire support remained largely muted following Saturday's controversial rendition of several sectarian anthems at Berwick.

The club look set to escape Scottish Football Association punishment for those outbursts but chief executive Charles Green will hope to avoid any embarrassing repeats as he strives to rebuild the club's international reputation.

A turgid second-half display and a chronic inability to defend crosses into the box cost Ally McCoist's men the victory this time, yet Rangers had looked hungry in the opening exchanges.

It was an intricate link-up between Dean Shiels and Little that sent the Northern Irishman through first time round but an offside flag was raised by linesman Graham McNeillie just as he put his shot wide of goalkeeper David Crawford's goal.

While Stirling caused Light Blue hearts to flutter after 14 minutes as striker Jordan White beat Emilson Cribari to Kieran McAnespie's free-kick only to head over, the two Rangers frontmen linked up again moments later and this time their timing was perfect.

Shiels collected a ball from midfield and was able to turn and face up to the Binos back four before slotting a finely-weighted pass in behind for Little to gallop onto.

With one touch to round the on-rushing Crawford, he took another to set himself before rolling the ball into the empty Stirling net.

The home side were nothing but plucky though and, not for the first time this year, Rangers' weaknesses at cross-ball situations were exposed as Allison - the man who consigned the Light Blues to their only league defeat of the season back in October - was found by another McAnespie set-piece.

He failed to repeat his heroics, however, as he headed wide of Neil Alexander's left-hand post.

Little was set free again by Kal Naismith's through-ball down the inside-right channel on 23 minutes but saw Crawford stand up to his shot, while the supplier of that chance - making his first league start for Rangers - was thankful to see Phil Johnstone blaze over for the hosts after gifting possession to Stirling.

But having had a couple of warnings in the first half, Rangers once again failed to learn their lesson as McAnespie swung another fantastic delivery into the box six minutes after the interval.

Full-back Anestis Argyriou had been penalised for a shove on Johnstone and with the free-kick, the former Hearts and St Johnstone midfielder picked out Forsyth to bullet home the equaliser.

Stunned by the goal, Rangers' fluid display of the first half had been replaced by an aimless succession of long balls up to Little.

The spark had gone but, with 20 minutes left, they almost found themselves back in front as Stirling right-back Jamie McCunnie was short with his chested back-pass to Crawford as Little lurked.

The Rangers goal-scorer got there before the keeper but put his shot into the side-netting.

Stirling could have heaped even more misery on their opponents as Mark Ferry shot just wide from McAnespie's headed flick on, while the midfielder proved himself useful at the other end as he headed clear from Rangers substitute Francisco Sandaza's volley after Ian Black had swung and missed at a bouncing ball in the six-yard box.

There was another scare for the Rangers support as McAnespie had a late free-kick pushed away by Alexander, while Little could have made himself a real hero had he done better than send a volley straight at Crawford at the death.

OfficialStephen Finnie
Attendance3,707
VenueForthbank Stadium
Kick Off
Stirling Albion 0 - 0 Rangers
0:58
Foul on Kal Naismith
1:02
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
1:18
Cross from Ian Black
1:31
Clearance by Jordan White
1:46
Foul on Dean Shiels
1:59
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
2:47
Cross from Kal Naismith
3:07
Corner taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
3:22
Cross from Lee Wallace
3:29
Clearance by Brian Allison
5:31
Foul on Kal Naismith
5:37
Free Kick taken by David Templeton
6:17
Shot taken by Lee Wallace using his left foot
6:40
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
6:57
Foul on Jordan White
7:02
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie from the left wing
7:22
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
12:44
Offside flag raised against Andrew Little
12:47
Free Kick taken by David Crawford
13:26
Foul on Mark Ferry
13:30
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie from the left wing
13:49
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
13:56
Shot taken by Ian Black from the centre penalty area
14:10
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
15:35
Shot taken by Andrew Little with his right foot from the right penalty area
15:35
Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Rangers
GOAL scored by Andrew Little with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
17:40
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
17:54
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
19:15
Corner taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot from the left byline
19:45
Shot taken by Brian Allison from the centre penalty area
20:11
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
21:29
Foul on David Templeton
21:34
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
21:48
Cross from Ian Black
22:02
Clearance by Mark Ferry
22:54
Shot taken by Andrew Little with his right foot from the right penalty area
23:06
Save made by David Crawford
23:12
Corner taken by Ian Black using his left foot from the right byline
23:33
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
24:25
Foul on David Templeton
24:31
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
24:33
BOOKING: Joshua Flood of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
25:17
Foul on Kal Naismith
25:26
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the right wing
26:37
Shot taken by David Templeton using his left foot from the left penalty area
27:05
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
27:14
Foul on David McClune
27:19
Free Kick taken by James Bishop
27:37
Offside flag raised against Jordan White
27:39
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
28:14
Foul on Phillip Johnston
28:19
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
28:22
BOOKING: Sanchez Emilson Cribari of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
28:56
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
29:04
Clearance by Ian Black
29:18
Shot taken by Mark Ferry with his right foot
29:35
Save made by Neil Alexander
30:10
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
30:44
Foul on Kal Naismith
30:49
Free Kick taken by Anestis Argyriou
31:58
Foul on Joshua Flood
32:06
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie from the right wing
32:15
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
32:31
Clearance by Ian Black
34:03
Foul on Jamie McCunnie
34:08
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie from the right wing
35:42
Shot taken by Phillip Johnston with his right foot
36:11
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
38:07
Corner taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left byline
38:24
Clearance by Mark Ferry
38:27
Shot taken by Ian Black with his right foot
38:48
Corner taken by Ian Black with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
39:41
Cross from Anestis Argyriou
39:47
Clearance by David Crawford
40:13
Cross from David Templeton
40:19
Clearance by Phillip Johnston
40:34
Shot taken by Lee Wallace using his left foot from the left penalty area
41:12
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
41:50
Foul on Ross Forsyth
41:56
Free Kick taken by David Crawford
Half Time
Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Rangers
45:01
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Daniel Ashe on for Joshua Flood
Second Half Started
Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Rangers
45:11
Cross from Kal Naismith
45:29
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
46:19
Cross from Andrew Little
46:28
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
46:42
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
46:57
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
47:23
Cross from Andrew Little
47:30
Clearance by Jamie McCunnie
47:56
Cross from Ian Black
48:03
Clearance by James Bishop
48:35
Foul on Phillip Johnston
48:40
Free Kick taken by Brian Allison
49:23
Foul on Phillip Johnston
49:30
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
50:00
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
50:25
Shot taken by Ross Forsyth from the right penalty area
50:25
Stirling Albion 1 - 1 Rangers
GOAL scored by Ross Forsyth from the right penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
51:34
Corner taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
51:54
Clearance by Jordan White
52:45
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
54:50
Foul on Kyle Hutton
54:59
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
56:00
Foul on Brian Allison
56:09
Free Kick taken by Ross Forsyth from the left wing
57:35
Corner taken by David Templeton using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
57:49
Clearance by Jordan White
57:53
Cross from Ian Black
57:58
Clearance by Mark Ferry
58:19
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
59:21
Cross from Andrew Little
59:48
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
60:19
Hand Ball taken by Brian Allison
60:24
BOOKING: Brian Allison of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
60:45
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace from the right wing
60:49
Cross from Lee Wallace
60:52
Clearance by Daniel Ashe
61:52
Cross from Andrew Little
61:57
Shot taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the right penalty area
62:21
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
65:37
Shot taken by Jordan White with his right foot
65:53
Corner taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot from the left byline
66:14
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
67:20
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot from the left penalty area
67:43
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
68:02
Cross from Phillip Johnston
68:06
Clearance by David Templeton
68:42
Shot taken by Kal Naismith with his right foot from the right penalty area
68:55
Save made by David Crawford
70:05
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
71:38
Foul on Brian Allison
71:44
Free Kick taken by David Crawford
71:57
Substitution for Rangers: Barrie McKay on for David Templeton
74:46
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
75:43
Shot taken by Mark Ferry with his right foot
76:08
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
76:11
Foul on David McClune
76:16
Free Kick taken by Ross Forsyth
76:58
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right byline
77:25
Clearance by Phillip Johnston
78:10
Shot taken by Francisco Sandaza with his right foot from the centre penalty area
78:33
BOOKING: Kal Naismith of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
79:11
Clearance by Brian Allison
79:57
Foul on Jordan White
80:02
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
80:09
BOOKING: Christopher Hegarty of Rangers given yellow card for dissent
80:43
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
80:46
Clearance by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
82:30
Cross from Daniel Ashe
82:35
Save made by Neil Alexander
84:13
Foul on Daniel Ashe
84:24
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
85:12
Corner taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot from the right byline
85:55
Save made by Neil Alexander
87:38
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
89:05
Foul on Kieran McAnespie
89:09
BOOKING: Kyle Hutton of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
89:30
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
89:52
Shot taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot
90:00+0:11
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Sandy Cunningham on for Jordan White
90:00+0:47
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
90:00+2:14
Shot taken by Andrew Little with his right foot from the centre penalty area
90:00+2:24
Save made by David Crawford
90:00+3:07
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
Full Time
Stirling Albion 1 - 1 Rangers

Stirling Albion

vs

Rangers

1
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
7
Shots
14
2
On Target
4
5
Off Target
10
7
Crosses
14
3
Corners
7
26
Throw Ins
37
3
Saves
3
16
Clearances
4
14
Goal Kicks
9
16
Free Kicks
10
1
Offside
1
1
Hand Balls
0
2
Yellow Cards
4

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-1-4-1

01.David Crawford
03.Ross Forsyth
04.David McClune
05.Brian Allison (61+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.James Bishop
02.Jamie McCunnie
07.Kieran McAnespie
08.Mark Ferry
10.Joshua Flood (25+0: Unsporting behaviour) 45+0' Tactical
09.Jordan White 90+1' Tactical
11.Phillip Johnston

Substitutes

17.Samuel Filler
12.Gary Thom
15.Daniel Ashe 45+0' Tactical
14.Scott Davidson
16.Sandy Cunningham 90+1' Tactical

Rangers

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Neil Alexander
02.Anestis Argyriou
03.Sanchez Emilson Cribari (29+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Christopher Hegarty (81+0: Dissent)
05.Lee Wallace
06.Kyle Hutton (90+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Ian Black
11.David Templeton 72+0' Tactical
07.Andrew Little
09.Dean Shiels
10.Kal Naismith (79+0: Unsporting behaviour)

Substitutes

16.Scott Gallagher
12.Sebastien Faure
17.Robert Crawford
14.Francisco Sandaza
15.Barrie McKay 72+0' Tactical

Allison available for Stirling

Stirling defender Brian Allison - the matchwinner the last time Rangers travelled to Forthbank - is available to face the Ibrox side again after completing a two-game ban.

Ross McGeachie is ruled out with a foot injury, with Graham Weir likely to join him on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

Sandy Cunningham is also struggling after sustaining an arm injury in Saturday's 2-0 success over Clyde.

Player-manager Greig McDonald, who famously missed his side's 1-0 success over Ally McCoist's men back in October as he was getting married on the same day, will be there this time.

He said: "We go into this game on the back of a decent run and delighted to be off the bottom of the table."

Rangers will travel to the scene of their only Irn-Bru Third Division defeat this season without defender Ross Perry.

The centre-back played in Saturday's 3-1 win over Berwick just days after returning from a hamstring injury but he has suffered a reccurrence and misses out on the trip to Forthbank.

Skipper Lee McCulloch (ankle), meanwhile, is closing in on a return to fitness but Kevin Kyle will see a specialist as his recovery from a similar knock drags on.

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Rangers 26 49 63
2 Queen's Park 24 13 43
3 Montrose 26 3 38
4 Peterhead 26 3 35
5 Elgin City 25 -3 32
6 Up Berwick Rangers 24 -3 30
7 Down East Stirlingshire 26 -18 29
8 Down Annan Athletic 26 -13 28
9 Stirling Albion 25 -9 26
10 Clyde 26 -22 25

Updated 26/02/2013 at 21:44