McColl’s tro­phy strife

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers were fi­nally pre­sented with their Cen­tral League First Divi­sion tro­phy last week – min­utes after los­ing a cup semi -fi­nal.

Lang ended their cam­paign at the last-four stage of the Cup Win­ners’ Cup last week when they lost 4-2 to Glas­gow Perthshire.

But league bosses still felt it was a fit­ting oc­ca­sion to hand over the sil­ver­ware. Gaffer Paul McColl was not im­pressed with the de­ci­sion, but did praise the Perthshire side who ap­plauded Lang on to the park.

“The boys do­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion were brand new but it wasn’t ideal,” he said. “You don’t want to be given a cup when you have been beaten.

“It brought the oc­ca­sion of win­ning the league down a wee bit. It’s like Rangers or Celtic win­ning a league and then giv­ing them the tro­phy after they’ve been knocked out of the Scot­tish Cup.

“They could have brought it along to the Neil­ston game as Larkhall weren’t play­ing. But it is what it is, it was nice to col­lect it but it just didn’t seem the same. Perthshire were great, they gave us a guard of hon­our and their play­ers and fans treated us su­perbly.”

Anti-cli­max Lang were pre­sented with the league tro­phy after de­feat in the cup

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