Strugglers appoint new manager with big Rangers clash on horizon
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Strugglers appoint new manager with big Rangers clash on horizon

Rangers’ Scottish Cup fourth-round opponents Stirling Albion have appointed ex-Aberdeen player and former East Fife boss Darren Young as their new manager.

Previous boss Kevin Rutkiewicz left his position earlier this month following a ‘difference of opinion’ with chairman Stuart Brown, but the Binos moved quickly to secure his replacement.

Rangers’ Cup opponents appoint new manager

Young’s appointment was officially confirmed by the club on Monday evening.

The Glasgow-born 43-year-old played as a midfielder for the likes of Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunfermline and Alloa Athletic across a lengthy playing career and he has substantial managerial experience.

He managed Albion Rovers between 2014 and 2017 before moving to East Fife where he remained until being sacked in November.

‘The Club Board is delighted to announce that Darren Young has accepted the position as First Team Manager with immediate effect,’ reads the announcement [].

‘We have no doubt that everyone involved with the Club will join us in welcoming Darren to Forthbank and giving him their full support for the challenges that lie ahead.’

Stirling Albion are taking on Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup in January and they have appointed a new manager after a dire run. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Young tasked with stopping rot at Stirling Albion

There certainly are plenty of challenges ahead for Young.

The Binos have lost each of their last six league matches to leave them sixth in the fourth tier, while there’s a trip to Ibrox scheduled for 21 January.

It’s due to be Rangers’ first match back after the winter break, and Gio van Bronckhorst is likely to play a weakened team, but there’s still a chance that the visitors will be mauled if their new manager doesn’t stop the rot before then.

Meanwhile, the referees have been confirmed for Rangers’ upcoming clashes with St Mirren, Aberdeen and Celtic.