McColl’s troops need one last win

McColl on the brink of ti­tle suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­ager Paul McColl in­sists no mat­ter what hap­pens, his team have had a great sea­son.

The Lang are now within touch­ing dis­tance of the Cen­tral Dis­trict First Di­vi­sion ti­tle and look set to bag back-to-back pro­mo­tions for the first time in 26 years.

Satur­day’s com­fort­able 4-0 win over Ross­vale was their first vic­tory away from home in the league since Jan­uary.

Mean­while, fel­low chal­lengers St Roch’s lost to Wishaw mean­ing a win in The Lang’s fi­nal league match at Neil­ston will se­cure the ti­tle.

How­ever, with sec­ond­placed Larkhall play­ing the Candy Rock this week­end, The Lang could be pro­moted with­out even kick­ing a ball if one team wins due to their su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

“Hope­fully by this time next week we’ll be pro­moted ,”said McColl.“We’ll see how it goes.

“But no mat­ter what hap­pens, it has been a great sea­son.”

The date for their last league match away to Neil­ston has still to be con­firmed so The Lang have turned their at­ten­tions to tonight’s Cen­tral League Cup match against Yoker (7pm).

Cam­bus­lang Rangers gaffer Paul McColl hailed his su­per side who saved their best per­for­mance for the most im­por­tant game of the sea­son.

The Somervell Park boss watched his play­ers steam into a 3-0 half-time lead at Ross­vale and con­vert a penalty late on to se­cure the 4-0 win and all three points.

The re­sult, cou­pled with St Roch’s 4-2 de­feat to Wishaw on Satur­day, means a vic­tory in their fi­nal game against Neil­ston will bag them the Cen­tral Dis­trict First Di­vi­sion ti­tle and back-to-back pro­mo­tions.

How­ever, with sec­ond-placed Larkhall play­ing the Candy Rock, who sit third, this week­end, The Lang could be pro­moted with­out kick­ing a ball if one team comes out vic­to­ri­ous due to their su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

And if the game ends in a draw, McColl’s men would only need a point in their fi­nal fix­ture to go up.

A date for the Neil­ston match has still to be con­firmed.

But the Lang gaffer says he is not fussed who wins the bat­tle on Satur­day – and says he re­mains fo­cussed on achiev­ing a win in his side’s last league game.

McColl said: “I can’t see them draw­ing, it’s no use to ei­ther of them. A draw isn’t good enough for ei­ther of them to go up.

“One of them will go and try and win that game. A lot of peo­ple will go watch it but I won’t. I’m not both­ered about what hap­pens.

“My team, they gave a good per­for­mance from start to fin­ish on Satur­day. With the St Roch’s re­sult go­ing our way, that helped us as well.

“It means we need a win in our last

game to win the ti­tle so you couldn’t ask for a bet­ter end­ing to the sea­son.”

Thomas Kil­martin opened the scor­ing at Ross­vale to bag his 15th goal of the sea­son.

Jor­dan Mor­ton then dou­bled the lead be­fore Dale Simeon capped a won­der­ful first-half per­for­mance with a goal min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val.

John Gem­mell blasted a penalty kick home in the lat­ter stages of the match which has pushed The Lang to within touch­ing dis­tance of pro­mo­tion and a pos­si­ble league ti­tle.

McColl said: “They were ex­cel­lent, they were re­ally de­cent. Ev­ery sin­gle player in the squad from the start­ing 11 to the guys who came on were bril­liant.

“They saved their best per­for­mance for the most im­por­tant game of the sea­son. Ev­ery player brought their A-game in the first half but I ac­tu­ally thought we played bet­ter in the sec­ond.

“Ross­vale had a few chances but they never re­ally trou­bled us.

“They’ve been good all sea­son but I think we were just too strong for them on the day.”

But just as all their con­cen­tra­tion was set to be fo­cused on their fi­nal league en­counter, Cam­bus­lang were handed a Cen­tral League Cup match – a move which has baf­fled McColl.

The man­ager is frus­trated his play­ers will have to make the trip to Yoker this evening, Wed­nes­day, for the third round tie with the Su­per First team who are fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion.

Ideally both teams would have wanted to play the game after their league cam­paign was over but McColl ac­cepted there were many Ju­nior sides in the same sit­u­a­tion.

“I just don’t get it,” he said. “It’s quite close [to Yoker’s game on Satur­day].

“I am both­ered about the game be­cause I know guys want to play.

“But I don’t know why they [The Scot­tish Ju­nior Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion] have given us the game be­fore our last league game.

“It’s a game where I don’t know what they’ll do. They’re fight­ing to stay up in the Su­per League and have big games com­ing up.

“Will I choose to play my full team when one of my play­ers could get in­jured? I don’t know.”

Ti­tle in sights Paul McColl

Run­ning riot Dale Simeon nets Lang’s third goal be­fore the break

Bat­tle Ge­orge Scott’s kick is closed down by a Vale at­tacker

Rare threat Iain Ste­wart makes an ex­cel­lent save to deny Ross­vale’s set piece

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