Lang sign up five more to boost squad
Squad rebuild continues as new boss makes his mark
Cambuslang Rangers manager Paul McColl has continued his rebuilding of the squad by adding another five players to his pool.
He has added plenty of experience to his squad, which appears to have been assembled with a clean broom, since taking over from John Doyle.
To date, no players from last season have been retained, following the side’s failure to win promotion back to the Central League first division at the first time of asking, following their relegation at the end of the 2013/14 season.
So far, Paul, who left his post as assistant boss at Cumnock to move to the Lang for his first junior managerial job, has brought in forward Thomas Kilmartin from Glencairn, and midfielder Jamie MacLeod has also come back to Somervell Park, having left the Lang for Petershill two years ago.
The boss has also recruited another former Lang favourite, with forward Chris Faulds, who played against the men in blue last season when he was at Newmains.
Also in is Ryan Mackie, a midfielder who played under Paul at Wishaw, goalkeeper John Millen, who played under Paul at Cumnock, and former Rangers hitman Bob Davidson.
Paul said: “We had a busy night on Thursday, bringing in a few more players.
“We’ve signed up Craig Gutwell, who was at Bellshill last year and, the season before that, was the captain. He was at Motherwell when he was a youngsters, and he’s played with Pollok as well.
“He’s a big centre-half, at 6’2”, and will be a useful player for us.
“I’ve signed a young guy, Nicky McDonald, who can play at either right-back or in midfield, and I’m very pleased to have brought him in. He’s a good player who’s handy on the ball, and was previously with Ashfield.
“I’ve brought Paul McLaughlin back here. He played with Cambuslang before, and also had some time at the Glens. He comes from Rutherglen, and knows the club, and he was with Ashfield last season. I’m really pleased to have got him in. He’s 30 - which is fine, as he comes with experience.
“Andrew Scanlon’s another guy I know, from when I was at Cumnock. He’s a very handy left-back, who was at Rossvale two years ago, and he ended the season with Shettleston.
“I’ve brought in Stephen McGowan, who’s a cracking wee player, who’s been in the junior game before, I think with Irvine Meadow, and has also played a few games for Ashfield. He’s 30, and is a good age for us.
“Another guy I’ve signed is Barry Grant. He’s played amateur and was in America on a scholarship, and is a useful midfielder.”
Paul is particularly pleased that his new signings bring a wealth of experience to the squad, in terms of age and knowledge of how the junior game works.
He said: “Something I didn’t want was to fill the team with younger players. They might have the ability, but they don’t have the experience. I want us to make sure that when the going gets tough, these guys know how to do it, and can help pull the younger guys through.
“I think four of the guys I’ve brought in now have experience of playing at senior level too, which is something that will come in handy over the course of the season, I’m sure. The squad’s coming together now, but I’m still waiting on hearing back from a few guys.
“That’s the trouble at this time of year - you get people heading off on holiday and they say they’ll call you when they get back. You find there’s some guys listening to other offers, to see if they can get better money elsewhere, so it’s very frustrating.”
Changing places Paul McColl is revamping the Cambuslang Rangers squad for the season ahead