Injury blow to Lang striker
Cambuslang Rangers were dealt a huge blow before their first game of the season when striker Alessandro Savarese broke his ankle in the team’s 5-3 victory over Blantyre Victoria.
Manager Paul McColl admitted the incident overshadowed the result which saw The Lang finish second in group four of the Sectional League Cup on 10 points – losing out on a quarter-final place on goal difference alone.
Savarese clashed with the Vic’s keeper after he had scored an overhead kick to open his account for the club.
And his gaffer will now have to look elsewhere for striking options as they go into the first game of the season in the Central District First against Lesmahagow this weekend.
It is expected that Savarese will be out for more than six weeks – but the club expects to have official confirmation by today (Wednesday).
McColl told the Reformer:“We don’t know how bad it is but any ankle break is not good. It looked bad and we hope he is okay.
“It was just a tackle and it might have been the way he turned or twisted. It was a good result apart from that.
“Alessandro is a good player and you could see that when he scored the overhead kick.”
Savarese’s strike added to Dale Simeon’s hat-trick and Dylan Hendry’s effort in a game full of goals.
McColl revealed the coaching staff were being alerted to what was happening in Glencairn’s match with East Kilbride Thistle, which ended in a 6-0 win for The Glens.
But the Somervell Park boss praised his players for their performance and admitted they did all they could in order to try to progress.
He added:“In the game itself we played well and we were trying to get the goals.
“At one point it was four or five nil to Glencairn so we knew we had to get more. But we then lost goals when we pushed forward.
“We couldn’t have done any more by finishing on 10 points and joint top of the group. To get to the quarter-finals would have been good but it’s not the end of the world.
“But well done to Glencairn. They have some good young players and it won’t be an easy game for Pollok.”
The Lang will face Lesmahagow on Saturday (2pm kick off) in their first match of the new league season.
And, despite being new to the league after promotion last year, McColl is not just aiming to stay in the division.
“We are always going to aim high. We are obviously going out to try and win [the league] but it will be tough. We are not just going to try and avoid being in the bottom three.
“Saturday away will be tough. Lesmahagow have been going reasonably well so it will be a hard game. They have a game on Wednesday night so they might still be tired from that one.”
McColl also confirmed the signing of East Kilbride FC defender Kris Gebbie. The 22-year-old right-back can also play in midfield.
Collision Savarese gets treatment