Lang plot pro­mo­tion tilt in first sea­son back

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Dou­glas Dickie

Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­ager Paul McColl in­sists his side will not be there to make up the num­bers when they start in the Cen­tral League First Di­vi­sion.

The Lang squad will be to­gether again on Satur­day when pre-sea­son train­ing starts.

McColl be­lieves he al­ready has 20 play­ers tied up for the new cam­paign.

And he is look­ing for­ward to get­ting started:“We’ve got a good squad.

“I’m not go­ing to say we’re go­ing to do this and we’re go­ing to do that, but my aim isn’t just to stay in this league.

“The aim is to go up and be in the mix at the end of the sea­son. That has got to be our aim, I wouldn’t be here oth­er­wise.

“There is a jump from the sec­ond di­vi­sion. I saw that with Wishaw.

“It’s not a mas­sive dif­fer­ence but teams are maybe bet­ter or­gan­ised and play a bit more foot­ball which will suit us.

“No dis­re­spect to the sec­ond di­vi­sion, but a lot of the teams there just lump the ball for­ward. You saw against Pol­lok, who let us play a bit , that we can play foot­ball.

“I’m hop­ing for a strong league cup sec­tion so we can take that form into the league.”

Paul has al­ready tied up a num­ber of last sea­son’s squad for the new cam­paign, but he is hold­ing off on an­nounc­ing new sign­ings un­til the play­ers are reg­is­tered.

Among those com­mit­ting them­selves to the Somervell out­fit are Stu­art and Bob David­son, who im­pressed so much last term, as well as Neil New­man, Paul McLaugh­lin, Ryan McBeth and Ian Ste­wart.

Thomas Kil­martin and Jamie MacLeod will also stay at the club.

In terms of new faces, Paul said:“With pre-sea­son start­ing we’ll have a few tri­al­ists com­ing in.

“There were a few clubs sniff­ing around the likes of Bob David­son so it’s good we’ve been able to keep him.

“We’ve got a few play­ers com­ing in from the un­der 21 ranks, a cou­ple of cen­tral de­fend­ers, a left back and a right back.

“If you look at last sea­son, it’s de­fen­sively we need to im­prove in. We lost too many goals last year. We didn’t seem to have any prob­lems scor­ing goals.

“You are al­ways want­ing to add play­ers, you are al­ways look­ing to im­prove.

“We’ve got an un­der 21 striker com­ing in who scored a lot of goals last sea­son and we’re in talks with a real, top qual­ity goal­keeper.

“That means we’ll have two crack­ing goal­keep­ers and it will be hard to keep them both happy. It isn’t like other po­si­tions, one of them won’t get to play.”

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