Manager is furious as sending-off proves so costly
Cambuslang Rangers boss Paul McColl has admitted he was furious with Ryan MacKey after he was sent off in Saturday’s match with Lanark.
MacKey saw red just minutes after putting Lang in the lead, and Paul was in no mood to make excuses for the challenge that led to the sending off.
He said: “He scored his first goal for us and then goes and does that.
“I let my feelings be known at full time. He’s let himself down, he’s let everyone down.
“I think we would have kept our 100-per-cent record if he had stayed on the park, I’m so disappointed in him.
“Ryan’s gutted about it — and he should be.
“It’s not on, he was sent off a few weeks ago as well, so he needs to get a grip of himself.
“Ryan isn’t a young boy, he’s nearly 30 and is an experienced player.
“He just sees the red mist at times. If he keeps doing it, he’ll find himself out the team. He’s suspended now for three weeks but he could find himself on the sidelines for longer.”
Paul felt his side had taken control of the game just as MacKey was sent for his early bath.
The gaffer said: “It was an even game. They started well, then we came into it. Obviously our man gets sent off and that changes everything. “Before that, I couldn’t see us getting beaten. We were in control, but it’s gone against us on the day.
“They had some legs in their side and have just run over us in the final 20 minutes.
“It’s disappointing but we’re still only a point off the top. Under normal circumstances we would probably have seen the game out.”
Despite Lang’s great start, Paul has been busy adding to his squad and last week snapped up no fewer than five new players.
Goalkeeper Darryl Jones signed up along with former Glencairn man Brian Welsh, former Rossvale forward Chris Gordon, Graham Hudson — who joins up from the amateur ranks — and Stuart Davidson, brother of Bob.
With no game this weekend, the new men will have another week to bed in, but Paul would far rather see them in action.
“We needed these guys in, we’ve still got quite a few out injured,” he said.
“I would have liked to play, just to get back into it after the loss.
“We’ll try to get a friendly arranged. After that, we’ve got Ashfield away and then Shotts (in the West of Scotland Cup), so there are two hard games.
“That’s why we need to carry a squad of 20.
“I don’t want a situation where we’ve only got 13 players like we did at Port Glasgow, that’s not on.
“We’re looking at bringing in another loan signing in the next few weeks as well.”
Frustration McColl was livid at losing the100 per cent start