There’s only Paul McColls!

Boss adds name­sake to his staff

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - Kenny Smith

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!”

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