Airdrieonians v Albion Rovers Preview

Airdrieonians striker Andy Ryan is in a race to be fit for his side’s Lanarkshire derby against Albion Rovers.

Ryan is struggling with a knee injury and is rated as extremely doubtful by head coach Kevin McBride, who is looking to guide the Diamonds to a first win in five games.

McBride said: “We will give Andy as long as possible to make it as he adds a lot of danger to our attack.

“Rovers play some good football and are a hard team to play against, but if we can turn the possession we have in games into chances and goals then we will do well.”

Rovers will be without player/manager Darren Young, who has a groin injury, and Callum Ferguson (knee) is also out.

The Coatbridge side welcome back Gary Fisher and Ross Davidson, while Kevin McCann is in line for an eagerly-awaited debut after injury.

Young said: “We made some poor choices against Stranraer last weekend and found ourselves three goals down.

“We battled back and grabbed a couple of goals, however we had given ourselves too big a mountain to climb.

“If we play for the 90 minutes and get back to defending as solidly as we know we can, then we will give ourselves a good chance against Airdrie.”