Cam­bus­lang snap­ping at leader’s heels

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­agers Paul McColl in­sisted that there was no talk of a ti­tle win in the dress­ing room de­spite his side go­ing within two points of top spot.

Paul was de­lighted with his team’s per­for­mance against Gart­cairn who were tipped among the teams to be pro­moted this sea­son.

He said: “It’s too early to tell and it’s re­ally close at the mo­ment. I’m happy with the po­si­tion we are in just now.

“There’s a lot of hard work to be done. I’d be happy if we got pro­moted.

“I wouldn’t like to say just now, we’ll just see how it pans out.

“It was a good per­for­mance and long may it con­tinue.

“It was a great re­sult. They have a de­cent side and a lot of good play­ers.

“It was a tough match but any re­sult away from home is a great re­sult.

“A lot of teams will strug­gle against Gart­cairn. They even com­ple­mented us about how well we played.

“We lost some sloppy goals af­ter we went 2-0 up but our boys up-front scored three be­tween them and that’s what they are there to do.

“We lost Jamie MacLeod to in­jury and he has sus­pected lig­a­ment dam­age. He could be out for three to four weeks. He has been play­ing re­ally well and causes teams a lot of prob­lems. It’s not the best but we have guys there who can cover.

“I wouldn’t want to sin­gle any­one out, it was a great team per­for­mance.

“They all played re­ally well, even the guys that came on.

“It was great to get back to win­ning ways and we hope we can con­tinue with that form.

“Gart­cairn were a tough op­po­nent and are a re­ally good team. We were just bet­ter on the day and took our chances.

“Gart­cairn should be there or there­abouts at the end of the sea­son.

“They have a great set up and will beat a lot of teams in this league.”

Cam­bus­lang Rangers face a tough trip to Ayr­shire Dis­trict League side, Gir­van in the Scot­tish Cup this week­end and are hop­ing to cre­ate an­other cup up­set.

The Gers re­cently knocked Shotts Bon Ac­cord out of the New Coin Hold­ings West of Scot­land Cup and will look to take an­other scalp.

Paul added: “It will be good. There is con­fi­dence within the side.

“It will be a hard game on a big park.

“They won 4-0 on Satur­day and won 4-1 against Thorniewood so they are meant to be not too bad.

“I’ve been given a re­port on them and I have a few things to look out for. “It’s great to be on a win­ning run and there is a good at­mos­phere around the team.

“The play­ers are up for the chal­lenge and you never know, we might get a good run in the Scot­tish.”

The Gers’ Scot­tish Cup op­po­nents, Gir­van, sit third in their league and are three points away from top spot.

be­fore the in­ter­val when Cairn failed to clear a Chalmers cor­ner and the ball was even­tu­ally prod­ded home by McS­tay.

Rangers re­sumed the sec­ond half with Gor­don re­plac­ing the in­jured MacLeod and the vis­i­tors were caught nap­ping as Gart­cairn hauled them­selves back into the match.

Lynch could only palm away a shot and Fraser blasted the loose ball home. Cam­bus­lang re­stored their two goal ad­van­tage in the 54th minute when Chalmers was fouled in the box and David­son slot­ted home the re­sul­tant penalty.

Ten min­utes later the points were made se­cure when Chalmers played a great pass through to Kil­martin and the striker ran on to round the‘keeper to score.

As the match en­tered in­jury time Cairn notched their sec­ond when the ball was headed home from a cor­ner. Cel­e­brate Lang scored four

Pleased McColl hopes to take win­ning form into cup tie

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