Paul McColl says Cam­bus­lang squad too small

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Dou­glas Dickie

Paul McColl is still hop­ing to add a few new faces to his Cam­bus­lang Rangers squad in the com­ing weeks.

Lang got their sea­son off to a win­ning start when they beat nine­man New­mains 3-1 at Somervell on Satur­day.

The gaffer is now hop­ing to strengthen a squad he feels is still a lit­tle short on num­bers.

He said: “We can still im­prove all over the park. We still don’t have a big squad. We’re only car­ry­ing 16 or 17 play­ers – it’s not as if we’ve got 21 or 22.

“Of course we’d like to add another two or three as the num­bers we’ve got aren’t enough to get through the sea­son. Guys get in­jured, maybe they’re work­ing, or they go on hol­i­day.

“You don’t want to be go­ing into games with just 13 play­ers be­cause peo­ple are away on hol­i­day or what­ever.

“This week, we’ll have a cou­ple miss­ing, and that’s just the way it goes. We’ve another cou­ple of guys on trial so we’ll have a look at them this week. We’re cer­tainly get­ting there.”

Paul reck­ons his side’s vic­tory over New­mains could have been even more em­phatic.

Lang were al­ready lead­ing 2-1 when the La­nark­shire out­fit were re­duced to nine men.

But with a win in the bag, he’s not too fussed.

He said: “It’s a good start, there are some re­ally good teams who did not get off to a win­ning start.

“If you get a cou­ple of wins in a row you can start to stretch away.

“New­mains are a de­cent team. They will take points off teams this year, but we should prob­a­bly have won by more.

“Ob­vi­ously go­ing down to nine men didn’t help them, but if you were a neu­tral watch­ing the game you’d say we should have scored even more.”

He added: “I was re­ally pleased with how the for­wards played.”

Next up for Lang is a trip to Ben­burb. Along with Gart­cairn, La­nark and Ash­field, Paul sin­gled the Go­van men out as ma­jor ti­tle con­tenders just last week.

They started their sea­son with a 3-3 draw at Port Glas­gow, and Paul reck­ons his side can lay down a marker with a win.

He said: “A win would re­ally show peo­ple we are good side.

“It’s early days and, in the league we are in, three or four wins on the bounce can see you go from sec­ond bot­tom to sec­ond top.

“We showed it last sea­son with Wishaw. We went on a run and ended up get­ting pro­moted.

“If we can get a win, that would be a re­ally good step for us and show we are ca­pa­ble of go­ing away and beat­ing one of the best teams in the di­vi­sion.

“It will be a tough game on the Astro­turf, but we have some de­cent ball play­ers as well, so it should suit us.”

not long af­ter the restart. Kil­martin and MacLeod both shot wide be­fore they fi­nally took the lead in the 65th minute.

Hal­ford saved David­son’s header, but New­man net­ted from the re­bound.

The game reached boiling point in the 67th minute when United’s Dun­lop re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card for one foul too many on MacLeod and was fol­lowed for an early shower by team­mate McGauley who re­ceived his sec­ond book­ing for ver­bal abuse.

David­son headed against the bar as Lang looked to kill the game, and they did so with 14 min­utes left when David­son set up Chalmers for a tap in. Lynch, Bro­gan, scan­lon, New­man, McLaugh­lin, MacKey, MacLeod, Smith, David­son, Kil­martin, Chalmers. Subs: Faulds, Gil­lan, McCluskey, Howie, Hud­son.

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