In­jury blow to Lang striker

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

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

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