ALAN’S AALL SET FOR BIG RE­TURN

Ex-boss and com­mit­tee let by­gones be by­gones

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Kenny Smith

Ex-Lang boss to face old side

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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.

More ju­nior foot­ball in­side.

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