McColl is new Lang boss

For­mer coach is new boss at Somervell Park

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rangers have ap­pointed Paul McColl as their new manager.

Paul (46), who pre­vi­ously coached the side in the 2010/11 sea­son, re­turns to Somervell Park af­ter be­ing se­lected for the job last Thurs­day night.

The for­mer Cathkin High School pupil, and his as­sis­tant Wil­lie Dob­bins, were of­fi­cially wel­comed to the club by chair­man Billy Miller on Mon­day night.

For­mer Cam­bus­lang Rangers coach Paul McColl has re­turned to the club as manager, four sea­sons af­ter leav­ing Somervell.

Paul, from Kirkhill, he will be as­sisted by ex-Stone­house boss Wil­lie Dob­bins, as the pair look to get the club out of the Cen­tral League sec­ond di­vi­sion.

Paul was pre­vi­ously a coach at Somervell Park un­der Alan Ward­law, as well has hav­ing played there. Wil­lie is a for­mer Glen­cairn player.

Be­fore mov­ing to Somervell Park, Paul had been as­sis­tant manager to John McKe­own at Cum­nock and Wishaw. The pair suc­cess­fully guided Wishaw out of di­vi­sion two two years ago. Paul also suc­cess­fully man­aged Kirkhill Am­a­teurs.

Paul, who has strong fam­ily con­nec­tions with the club with sev­eral of his rel­a­tives hav­ing played for the Lang, said: “It’s go­ing to be a hard job, but I know the di­vi­sion, and hope­fully I can start get­ting the play­ers in that we need as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I’ve played and coached here, so I’m de­lighted to be back and in­volved again.

“I know this di­vi­sion hav­ing played in it for about 10 years, and hav­ing been there with Wishaw a cou­ple of years back.

“But it’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult in the year ahead - some clubs will get a bit of in­vest­ment, and we’ve got a new club com­ing in in the shape of Gart­cairn, so we don’t quite know what they’ll bring.

“We like a chal­lenge and we’ll be go­ing all out to get pro­mo­tion.”

With Paul com­ing into the club, one of his first mis­sions will be to sort out the play­ing pool for the sea­son ahead.

At present, he doesn’t know the play­ing pool which ended the sea­son, and ad­mits he’ll be speak­ing to other peo­ple to get some thoughts on the squad’s strengths.

He said: “I’m sure there will be some guys in the squad who would be good to re­tain, and I’d be silly not to look at them.

“I’d like to speak to them and find out what their think­ing is, as I’m pretty sure there will be good play­ers here.

“The first chance I’ll get to see them is in pre-sea­son, so I’ll be speak­ing to other peo­ple to see what they think, and take it from there.

“I’m sure some of them will be look­ing to move on, so we’ll see what hap­pens.

“In the mean­time, there’s some guys I’ve spo­ken to who have in­di­cated they’d like to come here and play for me.

“Be­cause I know I’m go­ing to be here, it means I can start plan­ning now and build­ing the squad now.

“I can’t say any­thing yet as they’re still with clubs, but I’m ready to get go­ing.”

New as­sis­tant boss Wil­lie, who comes from Blan­tyre, added: “I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted - I’ve been at a few teams over the years, af­ter start­ing out as a player with Glen­cairn.

“I’ve had man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence with Stone­house United, and also worked with the Hibs un­der-15s for a spell, which I re­ally en­joyed.

“There’s not a lot of teams I’d come back into ju­nior foot­ball for, but Cam­bus­lang Rangers is one of them - I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Paul.

“I’ve known him for a few years, and he’s a good, foot­ball-minded guy.

“It’s a big chal­lenge, but we’re both re­ally look­ing for­ward to it - we’ve been speak­ing about dif­fer­ent things we want to do do. The hard work starts now.”

Lang chair­man Billy Miller said: “All of our can­di­dates were very good, and it was very close, but Paul has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence of the ju­nior game, and he knows the club well. We’re de­lighted to have him and Wil­lie in place.”

Paul and Wil­lie suc­ceed John Doyle, who was sacked af­ter the Lang’s AGM af­ter the side failed to win pro­mo­tion back to the Cen­tral League first di­vi­sion.

Back in blue New manager Paul McColl (left) with chair­man Billy Miller (cen­tre) and as­sis­tant Wil­lie Dob­bins

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