There’s only Paul McColls!
Boss adds namesake to his staff
New Cambuslang Rangers boss Paul McColl has added a new coach to his management team - Paul McColl!
The new Lang boss has added the other Paul - with his surname spelt the same way too - to his coaching staff, which also includes assistant boss Willie Dobbins.
Cambuslang boss McColl ( 46), a former Cathkin High pupil, has recruited another local man to his team as a coach.
The manager said: “I’m delighted to have added Paul McColl - from Rutherglen - to my coaching staff.
“He ha s a t remendous reputation.
“Paul was the manager of the Vogue when they went on to win a trophy a couple of years back, and has a really good reputation.
“I know he was a player with Glencairn a few years back, and I’m delighted to have him on board.
“We’ve now got the management team in place - now we have to start looking at the playing side.”
The other Paul ( 48), a former Stonelaw pupil, was delighted to join the coaching team and return to the junior game.
He guided the Vogue to victory in the Fosters Scottish Cup, when they beat Harvester 4-2 at Livingston’s Almondvale Stadium to take the trophy in just their second season in existence.
Paul the coach said: “I’ve known Paul for about 20 years. We’ve played against each other and we’ve managed against one another too.
“I’m delighted to have the chance to have a shot at the junior game.
“We need to get prepared and get back training as soon as we can, as they finished the season quite early.”
With two Paul McColls in the dugout in the season ahead, the coach jokes: “If I get sent off it will all be his fault. I’d better not end up paying his fines!”
With boss Paul and his new management team having taken over at the end of the season, and with him having arrived from Cumnock, he is unfamiliar with the Lang playing squad, although he admits that he does know of certain players by their reputation.
The boss said: “Right now, we’re waiting for the season to end for other clubs, and we need to speak to our players to find out what they plan to do.
“They were signed by the previous manager, so I’d imagine some of them will be loyal to him and may want to leave the club.
“I don’t know the guys, and they don’t know me, but I understand the majority of them are on one-year contracts.
“I’m aware of some of the guys through my time in the junior game, like Gavin Ross, Paul Burns and Willie Easton.
“Having spoken to a few people around the club, I’ve got a good idea of which players might be worth keeping hold of, but I need to speak to them before making any decision, to see what they want to do.
“I’m going to phone round a few of the guys and see if they want to come in for a chat with us, and then we’ll take it from there.
“I’ve a few ideas of some players who I’d like to bring in, but we need to see what their situations are with their own clubs.
“They are signed with other clubs, so we really need to be careful who we are talking to.”
Paul hopes to complete the signing of two players this week, to add some experience to the squad.
Speaking at the end of his first week in charge at Somervell Park, Paul says he has been delighted with the response he’s had from people in the local sporting community.
He added: “It’s been good - I’ve had a great reaction and lots of people have been getting in touch to wish me well.
“I must admit, I’ve been quite surprised by it, and been very pleased - it ‘s definitely better than the opposite!”
Planning ahead Lang boss Paul McColl is planning new additions