Following the disappointment of the draw away to Stirling Albion, on Saturday Rangers take on East Stirlingshire at Ibrox. This season's previous incarnation of the same fixture, back in August 2012, resulted in a 5-1 Rangers win, with goals from Fran Sandaza, Lee McCulloch and an Andy Little hat-trick.
East Stirlingshire currently sit seventh in the table having won three of their last ten games, including the last two. Rangers will of course be hoping for a repeat of the earlier result. Meanwhile, Lee McCulloch is hoping he can finally make his comeback following a protracted spell out injured.
Skipper Eyeing Comeback
LEE McCULLOCH hopes he can finally make his Rangers comeback this weekend against East Stirlingshire after making a return to full training on Monday.
The Light Blues captain hasn’t played since he appeared in the 1-1 draw with Elgin City on January 5 at Ibrox.
McCulloch has been troubled by a persistent ankle injury which has only begun clearing in the last 10 days.
And he’s aiming to return to Ally McCoist’s squad for a game with a side Gers have scored 11 times against in two victories already this season.
The former Scotland international knows he won’t be as sharp as he would normally be for the meeting with John Coughlin’s men.
Nevertheless, he is eager to be involved after sitting out the last eight fixtures and having to deal with the frustrations that entailed.
McCulloch said: “I’ve not done anything for the last six weeks after playing two games with the injury. That probably made it worse and I couldn’t run properly.
“It didn’t seem to get any better over the period I was out but I saw a specialist who gave me a specific treatment and within three or four days that cleared it up.
“I was able to jog again and I started full training again at the start of this week so I’m still going to be a half yard off the pace.
“But things have turned out really well so far. I’m just happy to be back running again and a week of training will make a big difference.
“I’d hope to be involved in some way at the weekend and I want to play. I wanted to play against Stirling on Tuesday after doing 20 minutes of training the day before.
“The coaches laughed at me though because my adrenalin had kicked in a bit so I just walked away and accepted it was maybe a bit early.
“I have to say the gaffer has been brilliant with me. He has recognised I’ve been a wee bit down and has given me a few days off to spend it with my family.
“He knew I’d come back and work hard. I’ve done that and after breaking down three or four times, I feel I’m at a point where I’m just about ready to play again.”