Lang sign up five more to boost squad

Squad re­build con­tin­ues as new boss makes his mark

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide - Kenny Smith

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

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