Side pre­pared for a real test

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime -

Cam­bus­lang Rangers face a tough fix­ture this week­end against the side who led the league dur­ing the first few weeks of the cam­paign.

Glas­gow Perthshire were the early di­vi­sion two pace­set­ters, but their form has be­come more patchy over the last month or so, and they have fallen off the pace.

When the sides met in Oc­to­ber, the Lang recorded a con­vinc­ing 3-1 away win.

How­ever, co- man­ager Paddy Flan­nery says the Lang will not be tak­ing any­thing for granted when the men from Pos­sil­park ar­rive at Somervell on Satur­day.

He said: “Perthshire are still a very good team. We know what to ex­pect, as we’ve al­ready played them this sea­son and we’ve had them watched.

“We know in re­cent weeks they’ve been on a bit of a dis­ap­point­ing run, from their point of view, and it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore they bounce back from that.

“We just need to be on our guard and to en­sure that doesn’t hap­pen against us.

“We’ve got an un­beaten record at home, and that’s some­thing we’ve very proud of. We don’t want to lose that, and we want to hold onto it - if you’re go­ing to chal­lenge for the ti­tle, then you need to have good re­sults at home. Hope­fully we’ll keep that go­ing this week­end.”

The Lang have had a hand­ful of play­ers car­ry­ing knocks after Satur­day’s vic­tory, and the club gave them the night off train­ing on Mon­day to give them the best chance to re­cover for this week­end’s game.

Speak­ing on Mon­day, Paddy ex­plained: “We’ve had four or five guys re­port­ing in with wee knocks, so I’ve told them to take the night off and we’ll see them on Wed­nes­day.

“Some­times, when you’re car­ry­ing a wee nig­gle, all you need is a cou­ple of nights with your feet up at home, with a bit of ice on it, and that can make the world of a dif­fer­ence.

“We don’t want the boys to ag­gra­vate any­thing, and want as many of the guys to be as fit as pos­si­ble, so there’s no point in tak­ing any risks with them.”

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