Rangers vs Stirling Albion: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Craig Vickers
Rangers celebrate
Rangers celebrate / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Rangers will begin their quest to lift the Scottish Cup when they entertain League 2 outfit Stirling Albion at Ibrox.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side had their lead cut at the top of the Scottish Premiership to four points following their 1-1 draw with Aberdeen in midweek.

The Gers have not lifted this trophy since 2010 after suffering disappointment in the quarter-finals against eventual winners St. Johnstone last season, going closest in 2016 when they were downed by Hibernian in the final.

Here's everything you need to know about the game.

How to watch Rangers vs Stirling Albion on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Friday 21 January, 19:45 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Ibrox Stadium
What TV channel is it on? Premier Sports 1 (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? Premier Sports Youtube channel, Scottish Cup YouTube channel
Referee? John Beaton

Rangers team news

Ryan Jack
Jack has been plagued by injury in the last year / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

van Bronckhorst will be without star midfielder Joe Aribo due to his current involvement with Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack returned to training this week for the Gers, while defender Filip Helander is edging closer to a return after a lengthy injury lay-off.

Meanwhile, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield missed the midweek trip to Aberdeen through injury, while defender Leon Balogun will not be available.

Rangers vs Stirling Albion head-to-head record

Ally McCoist
Ally McCoist was in charge of Rangers when they last met Stirling Albion / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Rangers have a greater history with Stirling Albion than they would care to remember, having met four times while the Gers were in the fourth tier back in 2012/13.

Indeed, Rangers won just one of those games, although the Ibrox are a vastly improved outfit since those gloomy days.

Stirling Albion currently lie in mid-table in the bottom tier of Scottish football and have conceded three times in each of their last two league outings.

Rangers vs Stirling Albion score prediction

Itten was recently recalled from his loan in the Bundesliga / RUSSELL CHEYNE/GettyImages

van Bronckhorst is likely to rotate his side with bigger challenges to come - chief among them is the Old Firm clash with Celtic at the beginning of February.

That could present an opportunity for the likes of Cedric Itten, Juninho Bacuna and new signing James Sands.

Having dispatched Championship side Dunfermline 5-0 in the League Cup at Ibrox earlier this season, expect a similar outcome on Friday evening.

Prediction: Rangers 4-0 Stirling Albion