Queen of the South v Ross County heads for Stirling

Queen of the South's Palmerston Park
Palmerston will not host another meeting between Queens and Ross County

Queen of the South have been ordered to play their twice abandoned Division One game against Ross County at Stirling's Forthbank Stadium.

The game will now be played on Tuesday 26 April, with a 1945 BST kick-off.

The Scottish Football League said investigations were continuing into the floodlight problem at Palmerston Park.

"We have decided to remove the risk of the same problem affecting this rescheduled match once again at such a crucial point in the season," it said.

County are now level on points with Cowdenbeath as the two sides try to avoid a relegation play-off against the top sides in Division Two.

The Dingwall side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Dundee on Saturday as the Blue Brazil battled to a draw away to Queens.

It makes the game in hand enjoyed by Jimmy Calderwood's County even more vital in his battle against the Fife side managed by his former assistant, Jimmy Nicholl.

County had considered appealing against the decision to force a replay of the game, which was abandoned last midweek with Calderwood's side 2-0 ahead.

Chairman Roy MacGregor had said a decision about that would be made on Monday after consulting a specialist solicitor, but the SFL insists that the neutral venue had been chosen following consultation with County and Queens.

"We would like to thank both clubs and their supporters for their co-operation in this matter," the governing body stated.

Last week's game at Palmerston had been rescheduled after the meeting in February was also abandoned because of floodlight failure with the sides tied at 1-1.

County had 10 days to appeal against the SFL decision to have the game replayed.

However, if an appeal were made, this could pose problems for the governing body in terms of scheduling the remaining First Division programme and relegation play-offs.

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