Apr 25 2012 By Colin Paterson
PUT the abacus away, forget about all the permutations and simply absorb the contents of the following paragraph.
If Albion Rovers win at Forfar Athletic this Saturday, then Irn- Bru Second Division football is guaranteed for another season.
The prize for collecting three points at Station Park could not be greater for the men from Cliftonhill.
A one-point gap exists between Rovers in eighth place and the Loons who are sitting uncomfortably in the relegation play-off position.
Just two games remain of the regular season and that means Rovers can’t be caught if they beat Forfar for a third time this term.
Following last season’s first promotion in 22 years, Rovers will make history if they avoid an immediate return to the Third Division.
One former player who is backing the Coatbridge outfit to do the business is fans’ favourite Pat Walker.
The 27-year-old striker now leads the line for SFL2 rivals Dumbarton and admits he’d be delighted to see Rovers stay up.
He told Advertiser Sport: "I think Rovers have had an excellent season.
"We know how good their side is after playing them a few weeks ago. It was one of our toughest games in the run-in.
"Some of their results have been superb and beating Cowdenbeath, who are the league champions, takes some doing.
"I just hope they can stay up now. I have a lot of friends at the club.
"There is a great set-up at Rovers. They have good players, a good manager and the supporters get behind the team.
"I will definitely be rooting them on."
Rovers will be missing full- back Alan Reid for the trip to Angus as he must serve a one- match suspension.
Star striker John Gemmell added: "If someone had said we’d be a point clear of ninth place with two games of the season to go, we’d have taken it."