Lang are pre­pared for the big kick-off

Spirit can boost rav­aged side

Rutherglen Reformer - - Football - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rangers co­man­ager John Doyle is des­per­ate for the league sea­son to get un­der­way.

John, with co-man­ager Paddy Flan­nery, was dis­ap­pointed that their new- look side fin­ished bot­tom of their sec­tional league cup group, los­ing all four of their games.

But he be­lieves the side’s spirit can be the key to get­ting them back to win­ning ways.

John said: “The per­for­mance against Vale of Clyde was okay, up to a point, but in the sec­ond half we were poor.

“Against East Kil­bride This­tle, they were the hun­grier side. We didn’t show a great deal of fight. They had sev­eral play­ers who were play­ing against us for the first time since leav­ing, and wanted it more than we did.

“It’s been a night­mare, as we des­per­ately want to get out there and get our first com­pet­i­tive win.

“The league is about to start, so we be­gin with a blank slate. The guys are work­ing very hard in train­ing, and the spirit is great off the park, but what we need to do is trans­form that into re­sults and spirit on the park.

“I think we’ve been a bit un­lucky with some ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions, and they’ve gone in favour of other teams who have gone on to score, but we’ve not had a set­tled back four or mid­field, and hope­fully when we can get that, there will be a big change.”

The Lang have scored seven goals in their cup campaign - the same or more than other teams that have qual­i­fied - which John be­lieves bodes well for them.

He ex­plained: “We’ve got good play­ers up front who can score goals. We’ve been av­er­ag­ing about two goals a game in pre­sea­son, in­clud­ing the cup, but un­for­tu­nately we’ve been los­ing three on av­er­age.

“Go­ing for­ward, we’ve been show­ing that we can play good foot­ball, but de­fen­sively we know we have to sort it out, sooner rather than later.”

The Lang hope that they can get some con­sis­tency in their team se­lec­tion soon, af­ter los­ing play­ers for var­i­ous rea­sons.

John said: “Af­ter we lost the first two games, the next two ef­fec­tively be­came an ex­ten­sion of the pre­sea­son friendlies. Right now, all we want to do is get into the league and start afresh.

“For the last few weeks, with all the play­ers we’ve had miss­ing, we’ve been con­stantly chop­ping and chang­ing, when all we want to have is a set­tled squad.

“We’ve still got quite a few nig­gles, but we’re pleased that our cap­tain Chris Hamil­ton is re­pond­ing well to treat­ment.

“He’s go­ing to be back ear­lier than we ex­pected, and we’ll see him back in ac­tion in the next two weeks or so. Hope­fully, we can start get­ting our play­ers back into the frame, but we’ll still be miss­ing quite a few guys.

“The frus­trat­ing thing is we had ev­ery­body to­gether at the start of pre-sea­son, when we were try­ing out things, but with the sum­mer holidays, in­juries and peo­ple work­ing, we’ve not been able to get our strong­est side out on the pitch yet.”

Spot of bother Atha scores from the penalty spot

At­tack East Kil­bride This­tle for­ward Fal­lon rounds Lang’s Grier

Con­cerns

John Doyle

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