Lang boss has no pitch worries
Cambuslang Rangers boss Paul McColl hopes his side will win any turf wars after deliberately playing a number of friendlies on synthetic surfaces.
Lang begin their competitive season with a trip to Blantyre Vics on Saturday in the Euroscot Engineering Sectional League Cup.
But once the league fixtures get underway, the Somervell Park men will face a number of games on 3G.
The latest match in Lang’s preparations was a 1- 1 draw with Glencairn’s under- 21 side at Toryglen on Saturday. It followed on froma disappointing 4- 2 defeat to Tower Heart.
Lang wrapped up their preseason schedule last night (Tuesday) against Paul’s old team, Cumnock after the Reformer went to press, and Paul reckons his team are nearly ready for big kick-off.
He said: “Glens 21s are a really good side. We were a lot better than against Tower Hearts when we had some trialists who were just not up to scratch, and neither was the performance.
“But we were much better on Saturday.
“We’ve played a few games on Astroturf. After playing the sectional we have a couple of league games on Astroturf away from home.
“It’s a totally different game on Astroturf, so the game against Glens will have really helped us.”
Anyone wanting clues to Paul’s thinking in terms of a starting XI would do well to pay attention to whatever team lined up against Cumnock last night.
The new gaffer revealed he was planing on starting with his favoured XI ahead of Saturday’s short trip to Blantyre.
He said: “What I will do is try and start with the same team I’m going to start on Saturday.
“Just to see how it goes. Cumnock are in the same league as the Vics so it should be a similar type of game and I know John (McKeown, Cumnock manager) has signed a few good players. So that game is important as well to see how the players do against better players.”
Pitch Lang in action