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Rangers v Stranraer Preview

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(Saturday, April 26: Ibrox, 12.45pm)

Manager Stevie Aitken says a clash with Rangers at Ibrox could be exactly what Stranraer need to get over their late-season jitters.
The Glasgow giants will be presented with the League One championship trophy at the end of the game which is being televised live on Sky Sports.
However, it's strictly business for Aitken and his players who want to complete a successful campaign by sealing their place in the promotion play-off zone.
And the 37-year-old reckons a date with the unbeaten champions can settle his squad who are on a run of eight games without a win.
"We're looking forward as a group and all we can do is look after ourselves and focus on our results," Aitken said.
"The fact that we're still in third place despite this run shows how well the players have done this season already.
"This is probably the perfect game for us. There is no pressure on us at all between now and the end of the season.
"Everybody thought we would be relegated. It was common knowledge that we were everybody's favourites to go down.
"So regardless of what happens from here on in, these players have been magnificent for us.
"We're desperate for them to get over the line as no-one deserves it more. But we also know that we're not going to be handed anything on a plate."
Stranraer are one of only two teams, with fifth-placed Stenhousemuir being the other, to have taken points from Rangers this season.
Aitken was full of praise for the way Ally McCoist and his players have gone about their business but is determined to spoil the Ibrox title party.
He added: "Credit to Rangers. There was a lot of pressure on them to win the league and they have shown themselves to be the best team in this division.
"They are worthy champions. I'm sure they will go on and do the same again in The Championship. We'll be looking to dampen the atmosphere on Saturday, though!"
On the personnel front, Aitken has confirmed that midfielder Steven Bell is out for the rest of the season.
The 29-year-old has suffered an ankle injury and joins long-term absentees Chris Aitken and Mark Corcoran on the sidelines.

From the Dugout

saitken1314smallStevie Aitken says Stranraer are giving everything in their bid to reach the League One promotion play-offs.
The Stair Park boss was full of praise for his players in the wake of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Brechin City.
Alan Trouten opened the scoring for the visitors, who are now safe from the relegation zone, before Andy Stirling equalised for the Blues.
However, striker Robert Thomson's eighth league goal of the season clinched it for the Angus men and extended Stranraer's winless run to eight games.
Aitken is refusing to be downbeat, though, and said: "I thought we played well and dominated for long spells of the match.
"We created lots of chances and it was really frustrating not to take advantage when we were on top.
"We got a good response from the players following the defeat at Arbroath the previous week. There was no lack of effort and I think we lacked a bit of good fortune.
"It's important to remember that we're still in a very strong position and qualifying for the play-offs is in our own hands."
Surprise package Stranraer remain in third place and retained their three-point gap over Stenhousemuir who sit just outside the top four.
Aitken added: "It will go to the wire. We're staying positive and where we are at the moment is down to the hard work of the players over the course of this season."

Rangers v Stranraer Ticket Info

Rangers v Stranraer
rangers badgeSaturday 26th April at Ibrox StadiumStranraer badge
Kick Off 12.45pm

Tickets for the above will go on sale as detailed below:
Tickets are available from the Fitba' Bar, North Strand Street, Stranraer.

Friday 4th April from 1pm - 4.30pm
Monday 7th April from 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Wednesday 9th April from 1pm - 4pm
Thursday 10th April From 8.30pm - 10pm

If anyone is unable to make these times they can contact David Broadfoot at the Fitba' Bar or at Stranraer Football Club, Stair Park.

Ticket Prices: £18 Adults; £14 Concessions; £6 Under 16's



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