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PREVIEW: Stirling Albion v Clyde

The Bully Wee will make the short trip to Forthbank tomorrow, for an eagerly anticipated William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie.

Surprisingly, it’s only the second ever meeting of the two clubs in the competition, following a 2-1 win for Clyde at Annfield in 1982. The Binos have the upper hand in league meetings so far this season though, taking five points from the three matches.

For Clyde, Jordan McMillan is included after signing on amateur terms. He’ll be joined in the squad by three players returning from injury – Chris Smith, Scott Ferguson and JP McGovern – although they may not be ready to start the match.

McGovern is returning after nine months on the sidelines, but has recently made a welcome return to training as he continues to work towards full match fitness.

On the other hand, definitely missing out are recent signings Marc McKenzie and Ryan Finnie, both cup tied, and the suspended Matt Flynn.

Barry Ferguson spoke to the official website this afternoon and was well aware of the significance of the tie:-

“It’s a chance to get into the last 16 and we’ve got to give it all we’ve got to get there. It’s potentially hugely significant for the club’s sake as well, if a big draw was to come.

“First and foremost though, we’ve got to win this match and that’s what we will go out to do.

“As I’ve said before, we can’t change what’s happened in the past and our recent form has been disappointing, but we can change what happens from now on and that can start tomorrow.”

Admission prices have been set as follows; adults £13, over-65s £9, students £9, under-16s £5, under-12s FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult).

If the match is postponed, the tie will be rescheduled for Tuesday 24th January. In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, a replay will take place at Broadwood on Tuesday 31st January.

As the selected featured match of the Fourth Round, there will be full social media coverage of the game on The Scottish Cup’s official channels. The trophy will also be in attendance at Forthbank and fans will have their opportunity to take pictures with it.