PAUL RAGES AT LANG PLAY­ERS

Rutherglen Reformer - - Mo­tors -

watched his side bat­tle bravely against Auchin­leck Tal­bot in the West of Scot­land Cup the pre­vi­ous week­end, was crit­i­cised by sup­port­ers for mak­ing six changes ahead of the tie but he in­sisted some of them were forced. “I’m still a rag­ing,”he said. “We’re dis­ap­pointed to go out two ma­jor cups in two weeks.

“It was a poor per­for­mance but Lochgelly were a hard work­ing team and that’s how they won the game.

“There were a few changes. [Mark] Bishop was on hol­i­day, Iain Ste­wart had a shoul­der in­jury and one of our mid­field­ers wasn’t 100 per cent, so some of the changes were forced.

“If we had won the game then no one would have moaned about the changes.

“At the end of the day the play­ers didn’t per­form.

“We started well and I thought af­ter we scored we could have gone on to score a few goals.

“But af­ter that it got worse and worse. We could have played un­til next week and not got an­other goal.

“Hal­l­i­day’s red card didn’t help mat­ters as well with us try­ing to get an­other goal.”

Hav­ing been knocked out of three com­pe­ti­tions since Au­gust, The Lang’s sole fo­cus will be on their league cam­paign un­til the Cen­tral League Cup starts in the spring.

McColl ad­mit­ted that he wasn’t best pleased with the way the fix­tures turned out for his side this month but ac­cepted it had no im­pact on their re­sults.

He added:“In my opin­ion you should not put two ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions to­gether.

“It can end a team’s sea­son if they aren’t do­ing so well in the league.

“It would have been nice to get a run in the Scot­tish and get some money into the club.

“I would rather have been still in it to be hon­est, but it could be good for us in the long run.”

McColl’s men travel to Wishaw Ju­niors this week­end, hop­ing to con­tinue their im­pres­sive league form at the top of the table.

The Beltane Park side sit eighth in the league and go into the match fol­low­ing a 5-0 ham­mer­ing to Dundee North End in the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup last week­end.

The Lang man­ager, who said there would be changes for the match, added:“We ob­vi­ously need to take it on the chin and not go in a huff.

“We need to go and win on Satur­day and get back on a good run.

“Satur­day was a poor re­sult for them but Wishaw are a good side and it’s one of my old teams.

“They’re do­ing well and I know some of the play­ers so I know how good they are but we have good play­ers too.

“I went to watch them against Cum­nock in the Scot­tish [in the first round] and they could have scored a few more but ended up win­ning 2-0.”

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