Paul McColl delighted with Lang so far
Paul McColl has admitted Lang’s perfect start of the season has been beyond his wildest dreams.
The Somervell men have taken nine points from nine and with the season still in its infancy, they already have a handy gap over some of their potential championship rivals.
Their latest win saw them travel to Port Glasgow and emerge with the points after a 2-1 win.
And although he’s refusing to get carried away, Paul couldn’t hide his delight at the success so far. He said: “I didn’t expect this start. “I thought we’d do alright, and there’s only three games gone but we already have a wee lead over a few teams.
“By Christmas, if we keep doing alright then you could be away from quite a few teams.
“But we’re not getting carried away. We were two up at half-time on Saturday but should probably have been a wee bit better.
“They missed a penalty and then got one with 10 seconds left, although it looked like a nothing penalty to me. It was a good result but it could have been even better.”
Lang had trialist ‘ keeper Darryl Jones to thank for the win. The youngster saved a first-half penalty having been drafted in to the squad at the last minute.
Lang have already lost one goalkeeper, with John Mullen leaving, and with Matt Lynch injured, Paul is keen to get Jones tied down: “He’s actually a body builder, you should see the size of him.
“He’s a young boy and was recommended to us. Matt Lynch is injured and we don’t know when he’ll be fit, so we want to get him signed up.
“Mullen got injured and didn’t get in the team. I don’t think he was enjoying it and wanted to leave, which is fair enough.”
Lang now face second place Lanark on Saturday at Somervell, but they’ll be without Alex Smith who could miss up to eight weeks with a tear in his groin, and Ross Gillan, who has a swollen ankle.
One player almost certain to start is Bob Davidson, who impressed again on Saturday with a goal and assist to his name.
Paul said: “Alex is a big boy, but he ripped something when he collided with the ‘keeper. It could be eight to six weeks out.
“Ross got clattered and his ankle is all swollen, so we’re struggling a bit for players.”
“Bob has been brilliant. He was away at a wedding last week but has come in and scored as well as setting one up. He’s got a bit of class about him.
“Lanark is a big game. They are doing really well and were missing their best player on Saturday, who should be back this week. They are one of the favourites for the league, but we are at home so we’re the team to beat.”
Influence Bob Davidson impressed again for Lang