PAUL HAILS RE­SPONSE

Lang boss happy with side since 8-1bat­ter­ing

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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.”

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