Lang’s goal threat is still to come

Paddy warns ti­tle chal­lengers

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rangers co­man­ager Paddy Flan­nery has fired a warn­ing across the bows of their ti­tle chal­lengers.

Paddy watched his side beat St Roch’s 2- 1 on Satur­day, as the side bounced back from the dis­ap­point­ment of the pre­vi­ous week’s 1-0 loss at East Kil­bride This­tle.

Although the Lang have been strug­gling to find the net through their for­wards, they’ve still done enough to take them­selves back to the top of the league.

And Paddy warned their ri­vals that his side is in for a strik­ing boost in the new year when ex­pe­ri­enced hit­man Steven Dymock re­turns from his an­kle op­er­a­tion.

Paddy ex­plained: “We were pretty con­fi­dent that Steven would be back in De­cem­ber, but it looks like it’s go­ing to be Jan­uary now.

“What he’ll re­ally need are games to get his match sharp­ness back. He’s been out for a while, but he’s been along at all the games and been very sup­port­ive of the team.

“It will be like hav­ing a new player when he comes in, as our front play­ers have been strug­gling a wee bit for goals.

“Chris Hamil­ton has scored a few but he’s also out in­jured, the rest have all got a cou­ple each, here and there.

“But I was de­lighted for Paddy Cullen get­ting his goal on Satur­day. He’s a goalscorer, and al­ways has been, but as a striker my­self, I know there’s noth­ing worse than play­ing but not scor­ing.

“His con­fi­dence has taken a bit of a dent, but he’s a great character and a big part of the squad.

“Paddy will come good and score big, im­por­tant goals for us, and we just need to keep mak­ing sure he’s work­ing hard in train­ing and sharp.

“He’s been work­ing so hard, so it was re­ally pleas­ing to see him get­ting his goal on Satur­day - and it was a great strike too. He in­stinc­tively pulled the trig­ger and scored. Hope­fully that’s the goal that will get him off and run­ning.”

Paddy was re­lieved that his side were able to get back to win­ning ways on Satur­day.

He said: “A f t e r the dis­ap­point­ment of last week at East Kil­bride, it was im­por­tant to bounce back well, and we did that.

“St Roch’s are a re­ally stuffy team, and we’re find­ing that in ev­ery sin­gle game, the op­po­si­tion are rais­ing their game to against us.

“I’m just so pleased the boys got the three points - we had a night for our­selves on Satur­day, and it wouldn’t have gone down well if we’d lost the game.

“They had a man sent off with 20 odd min­utes to go, so we took off Si­mon (Mar­riott) at the back and went to a 3-5-2 with young Craig Gri­er­son up front, and it worked a treat for us.

“Craig was caus­ing them all kinds of prob­lems, and we were able to fight back and get the three points.

“It was another tough game, but we did the job that mat­tered, come full-time.”

On tar­get Paddy Cullen got on the score­heet for the Lang

Re­turn Eas­ton was back in ac­tion for Cam­bus­lang Rangers

Con­tent Paddy Flan­nery

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