Lang boss pleased with side’s ef­fort

But gaffer an­gered by ref­eree

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rangers co­man­ager Paddy Cullen felt that the ref­eree killed the game for them against Glen­cairn on Satur­day.

The Somervell Park side had two men sent off by the man in the mid­dle, and let a 1-0 lead go as their lo­cal ri­vals fought back.

But the boss be­lieves his side have done well in their first two games in the sec­tional league cup, es­pe­cially as they’ve been against higher di­vi­sion op­po­si­tion.

Paddy said: “Those teams are both good sides, in di­vi­sions above us, and they’ve al­ready got some good, es­tab­lished sides which they’ve added to over the sum­mer.

“As much as it’s good to put our wits against them, the com­pet­i­tive edge that you have never leaves and you want to win ev­ery sin­gle game.

“As a player, ref­er­ees and goal­keep­ers were always my neme­sis, and I thought the ref on Satur­day had a bit of a stinker. I felt we were re­ally un­lucky with some bad de­ci­sions.

“I felt the red cards were on the du­bi­ous side, but you are look­ing for your guys to keep their heads as level as pos­si­ble, even though there wasn’t a ma­li­cious tackle in the game. It’s crazy, that we ended up with just nine men on the park.”

He added: “I thought we did re­ally well, as we were in front against a team from a higher di­vi­sion, and we played well against them for 20 min­utes with only nine men.”

Paddy, a for­mer striker with Dumbarton and , amongst oth­ers, knows what it takes in front of goal, and has been de­lighted with the start that hit­man Steven Dy­mock has had at the club.

Last year the Lang strug­gled to find a con­sis­tent goalscorer, which Paddy be­lieves won’t be the case this year.

The boss said: “Steven has been do­ing great job for us, as he’s been work­ing very hard. We’ve asked him to play in a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent po­si­tions as we’ve been short of bod­ies.

“He’s dropped back a lit­tle bit deeper, but he’s still got a cou­ple of goals for us and taken them well.

“He has been show­ing he’s a class striker and when the league be­gins, I’m sure he will hit the ground run­ning.

“As a striker, it’s im­por­tant that you are scor­ing goals. It can take a while to get into the habit where you are scor­ing reg­u­larly, es­pe­cially when you are part of a new squad, with a change of scenery, new team- mates, a new man­age­ment team, but thank­fully, it all seems to have gelled for us so far.

“Get­ting in a proven goalscorer was some­thing we wanted from the start, as we had to change the team as it had un­der­achieved last sea­son.

“I know, as a striker, that some­times it takes a goal out of noth­ing to get you the three points, and I think the play­ers we have, Chris Hamil­ton, when he re­turns from in­jury, Paddy Cullen and the tri­al­ist we’re look­ing at, Gordon Herd, have all got goals in them.”

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