DERBY DAY

Lo­cal ri­vals go head-to-head in Sec­tional Cup tie

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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.”

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