Lang so near to ti­tle

McColl tar­gets league ti­tle win

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Pro­mo­tion se­cured and tro­phy in sight

Cam­bus­lang Rangers have se­cured pro­mo­tion to the Su­per Leagues but man­ager Paul McColl in­sists the job is only half done.

The Somervell Park boss has guided the club to back-to-back pro­mo­tions for the first time in 26 years as they head into their fi­nal league game on Satur­day.

Larkhall This­tle’s 2-1 vic­tory over St Roch’s at the week­end meant both The Jags and Cam­bus­lang were guar­an­teed a spot in the Su­per First Di­vi­sion next sea­son.

And now The Lang have the chance to cap a won­der­ful cam­paign by win­ning the league on Satur­day at Neil­ston Ju­niors.

But only a vic­tory will do for McColl whose side are three points be­hind Larkhall with a far su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence than Dunky Sinclair’s men.

McColl was at Neil­ston’s last match when news fil­tered through that his side had won pro­mo­tion.

He said: “It feels bril­liant. I knew one of the teams would win be­cause they had to but at 2-1 you just never knew. A draw would have been no use.

“It has been a great ef­fort from all the play­ers and the man­age­ment team, it’s not just me.

“At the start of the sea­son we set our sights on a lit­tle higher than stay­ing in the league but I didn’t ex­pect us to get pro­moted.

“The play­ers have got us there, they have been ex­cel­lent, ev­ery last one of them.

“We’ve scored 90 goals this sea­son so I think we de­served to go up. It would have been harsh if we didn’t given that we were the high­est scor­ers in the West Re­gion.”

McColl and his as­sis­tant James Kerr are in the process of or­gan­is­ing a bus to take the play­ers and staff to the game. A few of the club’s loyal sup­port­ers will also get the chance to travel with the team in the hope they get to hold the tro­phy on their way back to Cam­bus­lang.

The Lang gaffer high­lighted the goals his team have scored had played a key role in get­ting the club back to where they be­long but also hailed the fans for their sup­port over the sea­son.

He said: “The goals we’ve score is what’s got us pro­moted so hope­fully we score a few more on Satur­day.

“We’ll try and get as many as we can for those fans be­cause they are what gets you over the line some weeks. This is for them, for the ones who have stood in the rain and trav­elled to the those poor sta­di­ums.”

He added: “Neil­ston will want to spoil the party. They won’t want an­other team to win the league on their park, I wouldn’t want a team to win it at ours.

“We have our player of the year dance on Satur­day night so we’ll do our best to bring home a win­ners medal and a tro­phy to the town.”

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This one’s for the fans Paul McColl

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