Ham­p­den hero pays Lang a visit

Lo­cal hero Kenny watches the Lang af­ter help­ing Aberdeen book cup fi­nal slot

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Cam­bus­lang football star Kenny McLean showed he still has his lo­cal club at heart when he paid a visit right af­ter help­ing Aberdeen reach the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal.

The 25-year-old raced straight from Ham­p­den af­ter his side’s 3-2 vic­tory over Hibs to take in Cam­bus­lang Rangers’3-3 draw at Somervell against Forth Wan­der­ers.

Kenny is now pre­par­ing to face Celtic in the show­piece match on May 27.

Cam­bus­lang foot­baller Kenny McLean helped Aberdeen reach their first Scot­tish Cup fi­nal in 17 years on Satur­day – and cel­e­brated by pay­ing a visit to his lo­cal team.

The former Cathkin High School pupil played in the Dons’ semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Hibs at Ham­p­den be­fore mak­ing the short trip to Somervell, where Cam­bus­lang Rangers were tak­ing on Forth Wan­der­ers.

He ar­rived just min­utes af­ter his pal, Jor­dan Mor­ton, had been sent off for the Lang, but stayed to watch them bat­tle from 3-1 down to sal­vage a draw. He was also happy to have his pic­ture taken with lo­cal kids who were de­lighted to meet one of the coun­try’s top play­ers.

The 25-year-old said: “I was on my way home af­ter the semi-fi­nal and phoned my dad who had stopped off at Cam­bus­lang af­ter go­ing to Ham­p­den.

“I ar­rived just as one of my best mate’s was sent off with his face all stitched up!

“It was good to see them. I know the man­ager as well and a cou­ple of the play­ers. It’s good to go and see them when I’m not play­ing.”

Lang man­ager Paul McColl was de­lighted to have such a dis­tin­guished guest in the ground and said:“Kenny is a good boy. His dad was a crack­ing player too.

“Kenny is re­ally laid back and not your typ­i­cal foot­baller.”

Spec­ta­tor Alex Black was de­lighted to see the star there.

He said: “Af­ter the Aberdeen re­sult it was great to see young Kenny take time to cheer on the Lang.

“Spend­ing time with the lo­cal kids and chat­ting away shows that, as well as hav­ing his feet firmly on the ground, he hasn’t for­got­ten his roots.”

Kenny and his Pit­to­drie team­mates will face league cham­pi­ons Celtic at Ham­p­den in the show­piece match on Satur­day, May 27. Turn to page 67 for Kenny’s thoughts on reach­ing the fi­nal.

Role model Kenny was happy to drop by Somervell Park on Satur­day to watch Cam­bus­lang Rangers af­ter help­ing Aberdeen to cup semi-fi­nal win over Hibs, in­set

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