Lang boss has no pitch wor­ries

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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