Boss McColl admits Vics defeat was hard to take
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
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