ALAN’S AALL SET FOR BIG RETURN
Ex-boss and committee let bygones be bygones
Ex-Lang boss to face old side
Marc Warren ended a sevenyear wait for a European Tour title on Sunday and admitted it was a relief to win an event without the aid of a playoff.
Now the former Cambuslang resident hopes he can give Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinely something to think about
Former Cambuslang Rangers boss Alan Wardlaw is looking forward to facing his old club for the first time since leaving Somervell Park last October.
The current East Kilbride Thistle boss handed in his notice after a behind-the-scenes fallout with members of the committee, but speaking ahead of their sectional league cup clash this Saturday, Alan says that too much water has passed under the bridge since then for him to bear any grudges.
And he believes that the recent tragic passing of the baby daughter of ex-Lang captain Andy McFarlane puts everything into context.
Alan, a former West Coats and Cathkin High pupil, said: “Life is too short to carry on with illfeelings. The club has moved on, and so have I. Cambuslang Rangers will be there long after I chuck football and pass way - it’s just football.
“Football’s something we’re all supposed to enjoy, but all that has been put into context in the last week or two, when you look at Andy and his family.
“That just shows you we can all get ourselves tied up in knots over something that, in the grand scheme of things, is just so trivial. It doesn’t matter.”
Alan and number two Billy Campbell returned to Somervell on Saturday, to take in the derby clash between the Lang and Glencairn.
Alan said: “I went down to the game with Billy, and we were given a pretty warm reception, so that was really nice, and people aren’t holding any grudges.
“The sectional league cup game is just part of the build-up for the new season now, and when it really matters will be in the two league games with Cambuslang. They are probably the favourites for the league, and rightly so, but if we’ve any aspirations of doing well, they’re the kind of games we’re going to have to win.”
The Lang will face several familiar faces on Saturday, as Alan has pulled together a side featuring many players from his six-year reign at Somervell.
He said: “We signed Chris Treacy and Adam Boyle in the summer, and it’s nice to be able to work with these guys again.
“It’s not just guys from last season, as we’ve got Fraser Craig who was with us at Cambuslang around three years ago, and Colin Irvine.
“We know the type of player we need to succeed in this division.
“We’ve also just brought in Brian Welsh, who played for us against Glencairn and made a huge difference in the defence.”
East Kilbride Thistle v Cambuslang Rangers kicks off at 2pm.
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