May 4 2012 by David Ogilvie, Stirling Observer Friday
STIRLING Albion manager Greig McDonald is set to give a number of younger players the chance to impress in the final game of the season away to Albion Rovers tomorrow (Saturday).
Relegation to Division Three was confirmed last weekend when the Binos went down 2-1 at home to Dumbarton and they now face trips to the likes of Berwick, Montrose and Peterhead in 2012/13.
Tomorrow’s match is of huge importance to Rovers, who need to beat Stirling for the first time this season and hope Forfar lose at Stenhousemuir if they are to avoid a play-off against Elgin.
Stirling won 1-0 at Coatbridge in McDonald’s second game in charge in January and defeated Paul Martin’s men 3-0 at home in early March but even those results were not enough to see them finish above the team promoted last year.
U19 keeper Jamie Cleland, who has been on the bench a number of times this season, is set to make his league debut as both Sam Filler and Callum Reidford are injured.
Ross McGeachie, Stephen Day, Richie Kirwan, Danny Ashe and Gary Brass could also be included in the 16-man squad.
McDonald said: “Callum and Sam are both definitely out so this gives Jamie his chance. A number of the young lads will be involved.
“I’ve watched quite a lot of the U19 games since I took over and this will give me the chance to see what they can do at SFL level but they won’t all start because I think it’s important they have some experience around them on the pitch.
“Some people have said that Forfar might be looking for us to do them a favour but it’s important that we do the right thing for Stirling Albion and have a look at some of these guys. I’m sure Dick Campbell will feel his team can get the point they need against Stenhousemuir to stay up.”
Several players are likely to be leaving the club after the weekend and McDonald will also have to hope he can keep those he sees as key for a promotion bid in Division Three.
He added: “It’s not a nice part of the game when you are telling people they are moving on but it just one of these things you have to do. We’ll probably get Saturday’s game out of the way first then speak to the guys.
“We are already thinking ahead to next season and have a few ideas about who we would like to bring in and who we see as an important part of the squad for next year.”
Top scorer Scott Davidson, who has contributed nine league goals since joining from Falkirk, is already signed up for next season, which is set to start with a Ramsdens Cup tie on July 28.
The supporters club's player of the year awards will take place tomorrow (Saturday) in the Castle Suite at the Doubletree Dunblane Stadium from 6pm. The bar will be open from 5.30-10pm and the players and management team will be present. Tickets are £2, which includes an alcoholic drink, soup and sandwiches.