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Paul McColl sees lots of po­ten­tial in his side as brand-new team is beaten 1-0 by Irvine Vic­to­ria

Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­ager Paul McColl was look­ing on the bright side, de­spite his side los­ing their first pre- sea­son friendly match.

The Lang took on Irvine Vic­to­ria in their an­nual chal­lenge match for the Thomas Loach Me­mo­rial Cup, and it was the Vics who re­tained the sil­ver­ware.

Last year, they beat the Lang 4-1, to win the cup for the first time in 14 years, and suc­cess­fully de­fended it on Satur­day af­ter­noon with a 1-0 win.

Paul, who joined the club from Cum­nock ear­lier this sum­mer, said: “That was our first game as a team, and to be hon­est, I thought we did pretty well.

“There’s still a few of them who need to get their fit­ness up, but that will come over the next few weeks, as we play more games and train more.

“For me, the most im­por­tant thing is we keep play­ing and the boys get to know each other more. A few of them have played to­gether be­fore, but they’re still get­ting to know each other on the park.

“They’re still find­ing out who will play it with their left foot, their right foot, and so on, but that’s some­thing that will come, the more they play to­gether.

“I was pleased with the way our two for­wards played to­gether, and there were mo­ments when we were do­ing the right things, so that was pleas­ing. It will come, I’m not wor­ried about that.

“We had a few of the boys miss­ing on Satur­day, with a cou­ple still away on hol­i­day while another was un­av­i­l­able, and to be hon­est, I still thought we did pretty well,

“The ma­jor­ity of the Irvine Vics side have been to­gether for a few years now, so I don’t think we did too badly, con­sid­er­ing our team has been built over the sum­mer.

“We brought some guys off the bench too, to give them a run out, and they’ll get more game time in the re­main­ing friendlies we have.”

The boss has con­firmed that the Lang’s re­main­ing pre-sea­son games are: July 25, Thorniewood. Au­gust 1, Glen­cairn un­der-21s. Au­gust 4, Cum­nock.

Paul con­tin­ued: “We’re go­ing to be look­ing at mak­ing a few changes for this week­end to give some of the other guys a runout.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it as their man­ager Andy Frame is an old pal of mine.

“I’m pleased we’ve had the Vics game, and now Thorniewood, as although they were both rel­e­gated at the end of last sea­son, they were both su­per league di­vi­sion one teams.

“We’ve got some good games lined up, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the Cum­nock one, to see my old pals.

“I’m still hop­ing to bring in a few new faces be­fore the first sec­tional league cup game against Blan­tyre. We’ve got a few boys with us on trial just now, and we’ll keep tak­ing a look at them over the next few weeks.”

Hands off A Vics play­ers holds off a Lang ri­val

Dan­ger A Lang player tries to close down an Irvine Vics at­tacker

Con­tent Cam­bus­lang Rangers boss Paul McColl

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