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East Stirlingshire FC has been told by the Scottish Football League the scheduled game with Livingston at Ochilview will go ahead as planned on Saturday.

The ruling follows the West Lothian club’s demotion to the bottom division for breaking rules over insolvency.

There was confusion followng the decision of the League Management Committee over whether Livingston would appeal against the ruling.

If that had happened the fixture would, in all probability, have been postponed.

A statement from the league released on Friday states :

“The Scottish Football League would like to announce that the amended fixtures for Saturday 8th August will go ahead as planned.

“The results involving Airdrie United FC, Cowdenbeath FC and Livingston FC will become provisional if an apeal is lodged by Livingston.”

To this end East Stirlingshire ask all Shire fans travelling to the game to keep an eye on the official website for further updates.

Shire coach Jim McInally says the confusuion hasn’t helped.

“It certainly hasn’t ben the best build-up for a game,” he said. “But we played Livingston twice last season and beat them once while running them close.

“They are a full-time team but we don’t know what kind of team they are going to field.”

Shire have Jamie Stevenson and Michael Bolochoweckyj suspended. Derek Ure is out injured, but Dean Richardson has recovered from a virus and will be included in the squad.

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