Stirling Albion this week re-signed former captain Ross Forsyth on a three-month loan deal from First Division Dumbarton.
The 30-year-old, who can play at left-back or in the centre of defence, was a hugely popular figure during his six years at Forthbank after being snapped up by Allan Moore from St Johnstone in 2005.
He twice helped the Binos clinch promotion to the First Division then joined Morton in the summer of 2011 before switching to Dumbarton at the start of the season.
Forsyth has made 15 league appearances for the Sons, six of them as a substitute, but Sons boss Ian Murray was prepared to allow him to leave, to the delight of Greig McDonald.
The Binos boss said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to follow up the recent signings of David Crawford, Jamie Bishop, Phil Johnston and Jordan White by bringing Ross Forsyth back to Forthbank.
“Ross is delighted to be re-joining us and he is determined to play a full part in turning around our fortunes.”
There have also been a number of departures this week. Former Aberdeen keeper Mark Peat was allowed to leave following the signing of David Crawford from Montrose.
Also leaving is 20-year-old striker Gary Brass, who made his debut against Falkirk almost two years ago, but has found first-team opportunities limited, while attacking midfielder Andy Hunter, also 20, has moved on after spending most of this season on loan at Dunipace Juniors.
Forwards Steven Weir and midfielder Gavin MacPherson were also released recently and McDonald will hope the changes are the spur to a more successful run of results.
Albion have no game tomorrow (Saturday) as scheduled opponents Rangers are involved in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Dundee United but the Binos have a huge game on Tuesday night, February 5, when they entertain second-bottom East Stirlingshire.
Stirling trail their local rivals by four points and could be even further behind by 5pm on Saturday if John Coughlin’s men can take something from their trip to Montrose.
The Binos slumped 3-1 at Ochilview in September when Scott Davidson was sent off and they had Gary Thom dismissed in a 1-1 draw at the same venue on January 2.
Thom is suspended for Tuesday’s encounter, with Albion desperately in need of a win after taking just one point from their last four fixtures, although they haven’t played since going down 2-1 to fellow strugglers Clyde at Broadwood on January 12.
Tickets for the Tuesday, February 26, match against Rangers at Forthbank go on sale to Albion fans at Tuesday’s game with East Stirlingshire. Prices are £13 adults, £10 seniors, £7 U17s and are for the home stand only. The away allocation for the East Stand and end terraces will be dealt with by Rangers.
●The Albion Lotto rolls over to £12, 250 after there was no jackpot winner on Wednesday. This week’s numbers were 11, 25, 32, 37. Six players matched three numbers, winning £41.67.