Praise for hat-trick hero Paddy Cullen

Club de­lighted as hit­man finds net

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rangers co­man­ager Paddy Flan­nery praised his side’s hat-trick hero Paddy Cullen.

The for­mer St An­thony’s player had strug­gled for goals since mov­ing to Somervell Park in the sum­mer, but after net­ting his first goal for the club a cou­ple of weeks ago, he hit a fan­tas­tic tre­ble against Port Glas­gow on Satur­day.

His goals de­lighted the man­age­ment team of Flan­nery and John Doyle, as the for­ward has been work­ing hard in train­ing.

The co-man­ager said: “Paddy de­serves a spe­cial men­tion - I wouldn’t nor­mally sin­gle any­one out, as we win as a team, we draw as a team and we lose as a team, but Paddy de­serves a spe­cial men­tion.

“He played alone up front in a 4-5-1, and was just out­stand­ing.

“It wouldn’t have worked un­less Paddy was on his game, and he took his goals ex­tremely well.

“He worked his socks off, which is some­thing you try to in­still into ev­ery­one - and the harder you work, the luck­ier you get.

“We’ve been work­ing very hard in train­ing with Paddy, not just on shoot­ing drills, and I’ve been talk­ing to him and ex­plain­ing it’s a team game, and we need him to be con­tribut­ing. I’m a striker and I know what it’s like when you’re not scor­ing. You don’t feel like you’re play­ing your part.

“But he’s been con­tribut­ing to the team, which is what we wanted, and now the goals are com­ing, we’re just de­lighted for him.

“In train­ing, it’s not as if he’s not been work­ing hard or any­thing like that, be­cause we’ve seen his de­sire has al­ways been there. Fi­nally he’s get­ting the goals his play de­serves.”

The co-man­ager was de­lighted to get the win against Port Glas­gow, who are chal­lengers for a pro­mo­tion spot.

Paddy ex­plained; “It was a great feel­ing, and there was a bit of re­lief after the last cou­ple of de­feats, so we were pleased to get back to win­ning ways, and to win so con­vinc­ingly.

“We’ve tried sev­eral for­ma­tions this sea­son, try­ing to find some­thing that suited us, with 3-5-2, 4-3-3 and 4-4-2, and they worked for us in some games, and not in oth­ers. We def­i­nitely got it right on Satur­day.

“We played well through­out the team, as we looked solid in de­fence, and the three in the mid­dle of the park - they were full of grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion and won ev­ery­thing. We had young Craig Gri­er­son on the left and Troy McKer­rill on the right, and they gave us great width.

“My­self and John spoke in depth be­fore the game about how to ad­dress things go­ing for­ward, and how to get the best out of the squad we have.

“We told the boys their roles and they stuck to it, and ex­ectued our game plan per­fectly.

“I think this is the most com­pet­i­tive this league has been in years, which makes it ex­cit­ing for the fans - ev­ery­one is ca­pa­ble of beat­ing ev­ery­one else.

“New­mains beat Ross­vale, and East Kil­bride beat us when they were near the bot­tom - you just pre­pare as best you can.”


Paddy Flan­nery

Promis­ing Young Craig Gri­er­son was on tar­get

Hat-trick hero Paddy Cullen net­ted a tre­ble

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