Colin Pater­son

Boss McColl ad­mits Vics de­feat was hard to take

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Paul McColl reck­ons tonight’s derby clash is the per­fect way for Cam­bus­lang Rangers to bounce back from their open­ing- day shocker.

The Somervell Park side were ham­mered 8-1 by Blan­tyre Vics in the open­ing game of their Sec­tional League Cup cam­paign on Satur­day. But Lang don’t have time to dwell on that re­sult as they pre­pare for this evening’s trip to New Southcroft Park for a crunch date with lo­cal ri­vals Ruther­glen Glen­cairn.

And gaffer McColl, left, hopes the prospect of se­cur­ing lo­cal brag­ging rights can in­spire a top per­for­mance from his play­ers.

He said: “It prob­a­bly is the best game for us to come back to. I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced a de­feat like

Paul McColl re­flected on Cam­bus­lang Rangers’ de­feat to Blan­tyre Vics and re­vealed he’s strug­gled to sleep.

The gut­ted gaffer this week said sorry to the Somervell Park com­mit­tee mem­bers and fans af­ter his side went down 8-1 in their Sec­tional League Cup opener.

Re­demp­tion for Lang could come as early as this evening with vic­tory at Ruther­glen Glen­cairn.

But new boss McColl is un­likely to for­get the week­end’s events in a hurry – and ad­mits get­ting some shut-eye has been a prob­lem.

He said: “It was a dis­as­ter. I was speech­less and I don’t think I’ve slept right since the re­sult.

“It all came down to a com­bi­na­tion of not enough ef­fort and some bad luck.

“Blan­tyre are a good team but we could not have had a worse start.

“We had play­ers who were not at their best and I can only apol­o­gise to the fans and the com­mit­tee.”

The 45-year-old added: “We went be­hind but equalised and I thought we were do­ing okay at 1-1.

“But we then lost our way. One of our cen­tral de­fend­ers went off and we had a cen­tral midfielder and a cen­tre for­ward who both had to come off in­jured.

“That was the spine of our team. But we should never be get­ting beaten by a score like that.”

A back-to-ba­sics ap­proach could be favoured by Lang in or­der to build con­fi­dence with an em­pha­sis placed on hard work. McColl in­sisted: “You will get some­where as long as you get 100 per cent, although you might not win all the time.

“The strange thing is that we had per­formed well a few days be­fore when we lost 4- 2 to Cum­nock in a friendly. Ev­ery­body has got to take their fair share of the blame.”

Fol­low­ing the Glens derby en­counter, Lang are in ac­tion again this Satur­day when they host Vale of Clyde, who take on Blan­tyre this evening.

McColl said: “Vale of Clyde are a good team with good play­ers and it will be a dif­fi­cult game.”

Lang will be­gin their league cam­paign on Satur­day, Au­gust 29 with a visit from New­mains United.

A trip to Ben­burb is sched­uled for the fol­low­ing week­end be­fore another away day – this time at Port Glas­gow.

Cam­bus­lang’s Cen­tral Dis­trict Sec­ond Di­vi­sion op­po­nents this sea­son are as fol­lows: Ash­field, Ben­burb, East Kil­bride This­tle, Forth Wan­der­ers, Gart­cairn Ju­niors,Glas­gow Perthshire, La­nark United, New­mains United, Port Glas­gow, Royal Al­bert and Vale of Leven.

And the full fix­ture list for the open­ing on Au­gust 29 is: Cam­bus­lang v New­mains United, Glas­gow Perthshire v Forth Wan­der­ers, La­nark United v East Kil­bride This­tle, Port Glas­gow v Ben­burb, Royal Al­bert v Ash­field, Vale of Leven v Gart­cairn Ju­niors.

It was an open­ing day to for­get for poor Cam­bus­lang Rangers who were handed a les­son in fin­ish­ing by Blan­tyre Vics.

The Su­per League First Di­vi­sion new boys were in red-hot form as they started their Sec­tional League Cup cam­paign with an almighty bang.

For Lang boss Paul McColl, and his shat­tered side, things could not have gone much worse.

Vics striker Craig Smith scored five goals and broke the dead­lock in the 15th minute.

How­ever, Lang lev­elled when Ryan Mac­Beth slot­ted home a penalty.

Vics had Kevin Green red-carded but the hosts ral­lied, with Smith net­ting twice in the space of eight min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val.

Paul McLaugh­lin was sent-off for Lang who col­lapsed in the sec­ond half.

In­juries to key play­ers in the mid­field and at­tack­ing ar­eas didn’t help ei­ther.

Ex-Al­bion Rovers for­ward Ryan Tiffney made it 4-1, with David Green adding a fifth.

Vics con­tin­ued to push for more goals and struck a sixth in the 72nd minute through hot-shot Smith.

Five min­utes later the Castle Park team went 7-1 ahead and there was still time for one more, as Green put the ic­ing on the cake with a minute re­main­ing.

It was a mis­er­able af­ter­noon for Lang who will be hop­ing this re­sult and per­for­mance is merely a one-off. Fix­ture for tonight: Cen­tral League Cup (Sec­tion Four): Ruther­glen Glen­cairn v Cam­bus­lang Rangers (6.45pm). Fix­ture for Satur­day, Au­gust 15: Cen­tral League Cup (Sec­tion Four): Cam­bus­lang Rangers v Vale of Clyde. Fix­ture for Mon­day, Au­gust 17: Cen­tral League Cup (Sec­tion Four): East Kil­bride This­tle v Ruther­glen Glen­cairn (6.45pm). Help­less Paul McColl watched Lang lose at Castle Park

Shut­ting up shop keep Vics out

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