Scottish Cup Preview: Albion Rovers vs St Johnstone

By Jonny Clark

ALBION ROVERS are ready for their Scottish Cup fourth round tie at the third time of asking as they prepare to take on St Johnstone at Cliftonhill tonight (Monday Jan 29).

Rovers had matches postponed on Saturday and Tuesday of last week, but the pitch is now ready for the arrival of the Premiership side.

Brian Kerr’s Albion currently sit eighth in the Ladbrokes League One table and have the worst defence in the SPFL, having conceded 52 times this campaign.

The Coatbridge side have conceded at least twice in all of their last 12 matches, but remain a point ahead of Forfar Athletic in the League One basement battle.

St Johnstone, much like their hosts, have been on a poor run of form recently with Tommy Wright’s side winning one match in six, although that win came against Rangers at Ibrox.

The Saints, regarded by many as the Premiership’s most consistent side, are only three points above the relegation play-off position after a 3-1 home defeat to Partick Thistle on Saturday.

The winner of the tie will face Craig Levein’s Hearts in the fifth round at Tynecastle, after their 1-0 Edinburgh derby victory against Hibernian in the last round.

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