Local rivals go head-to-head in Sectional Cup tie
Paul McColl branded this weekend’s derby match as a ‘massive’ tie for both sides of the Rutherglen and Cambuslang divide.
The Somervell Park boss (pictured, right) and his newlook team will welcome Glencairn on Saturday in the first competitive fixture of the season in the Sectional Cup group phase.
And the Cambuslang Rangers gaffer, who has a squad of just over 20 recruits, admitted this week he would have to be ruthless and work out what players he needed to drop for derby day. McColl watched his
team comfortably win 2-0 at home to Forfar West End last weekend in what could be their final pre-season match, if he fails to find an opponent for a bounce game tonight, Wednesday.
“People will be coming down to see what the new team looks like and we don’t want to disappoint,”McColl said.
“It’s a massive game, a local derby and it’s at home.
“We hope to win and hope there’s a good crowd there. Glencairn are a decent side with a lot of good players. They have some that I tried to sign so I know how good they are.”
Cambuslang Rangers currently hold the bragging rights after Ryan MacBeth scored the only goal of the game in last season’s encounter.
And The Lang go into Saturday’s match on the back of positive pre-season run-out.
A narrow 4-3 loss to Shotts Bon Accord followed a 1-1 draw and defeat on penalties to Irvine Victoria in the Thomas Loach Memorial Trophy.
Robert Halliday and David Dunn’s free kick ensured their side came away with a 2-0 win against East Premier League side Forfar West End on Saturday.
“It was quite a competitive game on Saturday and we still had a few bodies missing,” McColl said.“There was a couple of bookings and a sending off that was a bit harsh but it’s only pre-season.
“Forfar started off well and had a decent first 20-25 minutes. But I think we looked the more fitter of the two teams and we had a couple more chances to score.”