Match Preview: Forfar Athletic v Rangers

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee'Forfar FC Manager Dick Campbell
Pic Alan Richardson Dundee'Forfar FC Manager Dick Campbell

Runaway league leaders Rangers will arrive at Station Park on Monday evening still unbeaten in the league, their only slight blip a 1-1 home draw with Stranraer at Ibrox on Boxing Day.

However, they will meet a home side that are on a high after an excellent start to the New Year - the 5-1 thrashing of Brechin City at the Glebe on January 2 that was followed up by a comprehensive 3-0 home success over Stenhousemuir.

The Loons have only few minor injury worries with only Mark Baxter a major doubt as he struggles to recover from an injury picked up against Brechin.

Station Park’s fringe players all got an excellent run out in a closed doors game on Tuesday against Dundee United’s Under-20 side, an Aidan Connolly second half strike sealing a 1-0 win for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Ally McCoist’s men will travel north on Monday minus three key players - Arnold Peralta and Ian Black are serving suspensions, while Nicky Clark is out with a foot injury. The striker netted four times in the home side’s 6-1 win at Ibrox last month over the Loons and scored goals for fun against the Station Park outfit last season in Queen of the South’s colours.

Dick Campbell’s troops go into the game still the only side to secure a victory over the Ibrox side this season, following their 2-1 extra time success in the League Cup back in August thanks to Gavin Swankie’s brace.

Since then Rangers sneaked home through an Andy Little counter on the stroke of half time in a league fixture back on a windy Sunday afternoon in September at Station Park. This was followed by the 6-1 rout at Ibrox, a night on which the only consolation for the visitors was Swankie’s superb first half strike.