Wedding means McColl missed side’s drubbing
Paul McColl admitted he was left stunned when he found out his Cambuslang Rangers side had lost 7-1 to Girvan on Saturday.
The Lang gaffer was not in Ayrshire to see the match as he was attending a wedding.
But he was kept in the loop throughout, even if the news was not bringing him the joy he hoped it would.
Having been briefed by assistant manager Willie Dobbins, Paul admitted it was a tough one to explain.
He said: “It’s a ridiculous scoreline. I first checked my phone and it was 4-1 and just thought ‘you are joking’.
“There has just been too many guys off form, although I’m told it was actually quite close before half-time.
“We had a few chances and their goalkeeper has made a few great saves but you shouldn’t be losing 7-1.
“Girvan are not Auchinleck Talbot. They are decent but they aren’t one of the top sides.
“I wouldn’t say they are much better than Shotts or Gartcairn.
“We did have to make a few changes. Deco (Thomas Kilmartin) and Messi ( Jamie MacLeod) were missing, as were a few other guys. We wanted to give a few guys games.
“There were a couple of scorelines like that. Forth lost 7-1 as well and Vale of Clyde lost 10-2.”
Cambuslang have not lost too many games this season but have been on the end of some heavy scorelines, losing 8-1 to Blantyre and 5-2 to Lanark.
Paul said: “Maybe there’s an attitude problem with guys thinking the game is done when we’re a couple of goals down and not bothering to try and get back in it.”
Lang will hope to bounce back when they entertain Forth on Saturday in the league. Both sides will be coming off the back of 7-1 defeats but Paul reckons neither scoreline is an accurate barometer of where the teams are. He said: “Forth are not a bad team. “They lost some bad goals from what I hear, much the same as us.
“It will be a game between two decent sides who suffered bad results on the same day. That can happen.
“It will be a hard game. Forth are floating around us but there’s a chance if we win we could go top of the league.
“A few teams are sneaking up and you can’t afford to lose many games.
“If we win and Lanark drop something we could go top but if you lose a few teams can overtake you.”
Paul also warned his players a win would not make up for the Girvan defeat: “A win wouldn’t mean last week would be forgotten about.
“Obviously the league is more important, but that’s not the point.
“I don’t mind losing the odd game – you can deal with that – but to lose like that is very bad.”
Rangers crashed out of the Junior Cup last week at Girvan in what could be Cambuslang’s biggest ever defeat in the Scottish.
The result would certainly have the historians searching through the record books.
Strange as it may seem, Rangers had the best of the first half but a string of superb saves by home keeper Douglas broke the hearts of the visiting forwards.
The Somervell side actually suffered their first setback of the day before the game when striker Thomas Kilmartin had to call off due to a virus.
However, Cambuslang started brightly and Douglas pulled off the first of many fine stops when he turned away a fierce drive from Faulds.
Then he stopped a real piledriver from Davidson before tipping away a McStay shot.
Girvan eventually made some forward moves and they opened the scoring after 15 minutes in their first real attack.
The ball was cleared to Dinwoodie 25 yards out and he curled a shot over Jones into the net.
Cambuslang went back on the attack but Douglas seemed in unbeatable form.
Eventually a great effort from MacBeth got the better of the goalie but the shot came off the angle of bar and post and was kicked clear.
As luck would have it the clearance fell for Allan, who ran through to score.
Rangers were rightly shocked to find themselves two behind but they stuck to their task and Chalmers cut inside to fire the visitors back into the match.
In the second half the weather deteriorated and so did Cambuslang’s play.
Murphy chipped the ball home over the stranded Jones in the 52md minute then sloppy defending left Cunningham all on his own to net the fourth. Rangers used all their subs in an effort to get back into the match with S Davidson, Gordon and MacKey replacing Faulds, MacBeth and McStay. But as the rain and sleet lashed across Hamilton Park any hopes Rangers had of a late fightback were washed away in a torrent of late goals which left the home support in seventh heaven and the Lang fans totally bewildered.
Cambuslang Rangers: Jones, Brogan, Scanlon, Newman, McLaughlin, Welsh, Chalmers, MacBeth, Davidson, Faulds, McStay. Subs: S, Davidson, Gordon, MacKey, Lynch. New signings Taddeo and Simone Sorrentino
Disappointed Paul McColl was at a loss to explain Lang’s heavy defeat