Curtain comes down with defeat
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.