Curtain comes down with de­feat

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rutherglen Glencairn - Dou­glas Dickie

Paul McColl reck­ons he could not be mad with his play­ers de­spite miss­ing out on the chance of a sec­ond tro­phy when they lost 4-2 to Glas­gow Perthshire in the Cup Win­ners’Cup.

The Lang boss, who guided his team to the Cen­tral First Divi­sion ti­tle, ad­mit­ted his play­ers did not play to their usual stan­dards.

But he reck­ons after a long sea­son, he can cut them some slack.

He said:“We should have done bet­ter be­cause we were poor,

“Our cen­tre-half had to come off and then the sub­sti­tute got in­jured but Perthshire were short of play­ers as well.

“We were poor de­fen­sively but I can’t give the boys too much of a hard time.

“They were a phys­i­cal team and John Gem­mell was miss­ing. He might have made it a dif­fer­ent game.

“A few of the guys looked tired and Craig Hast­ings played the last half hour with an in­jury. It was just one of those games.

“To be hon­est, if we had got to the Slack Paul McColl reck­ons his play­ers de­serve some slack after their loss to Glas­gow Perthshire fi­nal I think we would have strug­gled to have 12 or 13 play­ers due to hol­i­days and in­juries.

“It was a good game and the bet­ter team won on the day.”

Perthshire took the lead on the stroke of half-time but Thomas Kil­martin lev­elled after the break and Mor­ton looked to have put Lang in con­trol with a sec­ond after 50 min­utes.

But Perthshire pegged them back just six min­utes later and a mag­nif­i­cent over­head kick made it 3-2 to the hosts.

The sec­ond divi­sion champs made sure of the win with 15 min­utes re­main­ing.

McColl’s at­ten­tion will now turn to next sea­son and he has al­ready started build­ing a team for life in the Su­per First Divi­sion.

A ma­jor boost for the Lang was Dale Simeon putting pen to pa­per and McColl has al­ready iden­ti­fied ar­eas where they can im­prove.

He said:“De­fence is def­i­nitely some­where we can do bet­ter.

“We’ve got to stop con­ced­ing stupid goals the way we do. We’ve lost seven goals in the last two games and that’s not good enough.”

The club have con­firmed ex-East Kil­bride This­tle boss Billy Camp­bell will re­turn as co-as­sis­tant to McColl.

They also re­vealed the fol­low­ing play­ers have re­signed for next sea­son; Jor­dan Brand, Kris Geb­bie, John Gem­mell, Liam Gorm­ley, Jamie Hay, Craig Hast­ings, Thomas Kil­martin, Iain Ste­wart, Ryan Mac­Beth, Ryan Kerr and Hal Bohme.

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