McColl: Lang will go for dou­ble

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Murray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­ager Paul McColl in­sists his side will be go­ing all out to win a sec­ond piece of sil­ver­ware this sea­son.

The Lang, who capped their league cam­paign by win­ning the cham­pi­onship last week, will face Central District Sec­ond Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Glas­gow Perthshire in the Evening Times Cup semi­fi­nal tonight, Wed­nes­day.

Both teams topped their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions and were au­to­mat­i­cally guar­an­teed a spot in the tour­na­ment which in­volves all west re­gional cham­pi­ons from the five leagues.

The Shire, who lost only four games in their league all sea­son, will prove a stub­born test for McColl and Co.

But McColl is adamant his team will not have taken their foot off the gas af­ter putting all their en­ergy into last week’s 4-3 vic­tory over Neil­ston .

He said: “Our sea­son is not over yet. We still have the semi-fi­nal to play and I’ll be tak­ing this se­ri­ously.

“It’s a chance of a cup fi­nal and a chance to get a good crowd and money into the club which would help.

“It’s the chance to play at New­lands­field [home of Pol­lok FC] in a cup fi­nal and I don’t know when the last time that hap­pened.

“Perthshire haven’t played in a few weeks but they are a strong side and they’ll go out to win this one as well.”

Billy Adams’ Shire were tasked with play­ing a pre­lim­i­nary round in the cup with Ayr­shire District League cham­pi­ons Darvel Ju­niors for a place in the last four against The Lang.

The boss re­vealed his side had not played in a cou­ple of months and were lacking bod­ies for the tie last round.

Paul said: “We had played only one game in the eight weeks lead­ing up to it so it speaks vol­umes about the play­ers that they have man­aged to main­tain their fit­ness lev­els and com­pet­i­tive edge.

“We were only able to name two sub­sti­tutes be­cause five reg­u­lars were miss­ing for var­i­ous rea­sons so to get through to the semi-fi­nal is a real achieve­ment in the cir­cum­stances.”

Go­ing into tonight’s 7.30pm kick off at Kep­poch Park, Perthshire are a team in form with only two de­feats in the last 10 games (seven wins). They have scored 27 and con­ceded eight.

Cam­bus­lang have only won five of their last 10 matches (three de­feats), scor­ing 30 goals and con­ced­ing 17.

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