PAUL HAILS RESPONSE
Lang boss happy with side since 8-1battering
Cambuslang Rangers gaffer Paul McColl reckons his side have responded well from their 8-1 defeat to Blantyre Vics 10 days ago.
Lang bounced back from that setback with a 1-0 win at New Southcroft over local rivals Glencairn last Wednesday.
And despite losing 2-0 to Vale of Clyde on Saturday to all but end their hopes of making it out the league cup section, Paul seen enough in his side to leave him optimistic with the first game of the league season looming.
Paul, who only took over the reigns at Somervell in the summer, even thinks his side may benefit in the long run from the heavy defeat. He said: “There’s been progress. “Against Vale we played quite well, but two mistakes has cost us. We had chances and if we had taken them we’d probably have won the game, but two sloppy goals has cost us.
“The Glens game, we played well and could have won by even more.
“There’s been a complete change from a couple of weeks ago, there’s a feeling that what happened against Blantyre can never be allowed to happen again.
“You just can’t be getting beat like that, unless you are a poor team with poor players, but we aren’t that.
“The response has been good. It was an unrealistic scoreline that should not have happened, hopefully it will even be a good thing in the long run.”
Cambuslang are due to finish their league cup section tonight (Wednesday) when they make another short trip, this time to the Showpark in East Kilbride.
Thistle are managed by former Lang assistant manager Billy Campbell but will go into the match bottom of the group after picking up just one point from their first two matches, including a 3-2 defeat to Glencairn on Monday.
Lang are still mathematically in with a shout of qualifying from the group, but Paul admits it would take something
freakish for his side to go through.
“There’s still a chance of winning the group, but I don’t think we will.
“We need something crazy to happen, with some crazy scores. Vale of Clyde have six points and unless they crumble completely then we’ll go out.
“East Kilbride are in our league, so it should be a good game.”
If Lang are to pick up a second win, they may need to do it without goalkeeper John Mullen, who is suffering from suspected broken finger. Matt Lynch is on standby to step in.
Also struggling is Jamie MacLeod who picked up a knock in the warm up on Monday while Thomas Kilmartin may also be rested. Paul McLaughlin will also miss out due to suspension.
While most managers want to play games, Paul reckons the free weekend before the league kicks off a week on Saturday against Newmains may be a good thing.
“We’ll give a few guys a rest against EK, but we still want to win the game.
“You’d rather keep playing, but it might not do any harm for the guys carrying knocks to have a break.”