Stuart McLaren: Forget the odds – I can get Stirling up

Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren claims the bookies have got his side all wrong when it comes to a play-off push this year.

The Binos currently sit just two points above the relegation place in Ladbrokes League 2 after picking up just two wins from their opening nine games.

As such the odds on the Forthbank Stadium residents winning the league have drifted to 100/1 while a play-off spot has also been pushed out to 40/1.

McLaren is confident his side can bounce back from a sluggish start, however, and recently told the Daily Record that fans can expect a turnaround in performances in the near future.

“I have every confidence in the group of players to get us up the table. We know we need to be better in the second quarter of the season but by the end of that period I would expect us to be in the top four, or at least very close to it,” he told the newspaper.

“There is very little between the teams in the league and it doesn’t look like anyone is going to run away with it. Of course we are not where we wanted to be at this stage but we have the quality and the unity to get the results we require.

McLaren oversaw a 1-1 draw against table-topping East Fife last time out and the 40-year-old believes the signs were clear for all to see that things are now coming together for his side.

“I think you saw the fighting spirit against East Fife in the second half on Saturday. That was probably the most complete 45 minutes we have had this season,” he added.

Next up for Stirling is a trip to face Barry Ferguson’s Clyde and while the Bully Wee started the season in impressive fashion, three games without a win mean McLaren’s men will be confident of backing up their manager’s claims.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.