McColl blasts his off-the-boil boys

Dis­mal Lang are far away from sev­enth heaven

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers boss Paul McColl slammed his play­ers for an“em­bar­rass­ing” dis­play fol­low­ing a 7-0 de­feat to Cum­nock.

It may only have been a pre-sea­son friendly but The Lang were off the boil at both ends of Town­head Park.

McColl made no ex­cuses for the re­sult but felt his side should have at least got their name on the score­sheet.

He said: “In my opin­ion it was a freak re­sult, it should have never been 7-0 with the play­ers we’ve got.

“We lost some daft goals but we should have scored three or four and that’s not sour grapes. I thought we were ac­tu­ally the bet­ter side in the first half.

“But it was a just a case of ev­ery­thing we hit their keeper saved and ev­ery­thing they hit went in. You just wanted to shut your eyes.

“All the play­ers were poor, there were only a cou­ple pass marks, just as well it was a friendly.

“It should never have been seven, it was em­bar­rass­ing.”

Be­fore the match, McColl was look­ing for­ward to shak­ing hands with op­po­si­tion boss, friend and for­mer col­league John McKe­own. The Lang gaffer was as­sis­tant to him when they were both at Wishaw Ju­niors.

How­ever, there was to be no smiles come full-time from McColl as his team’s mis­takes were cap­i­talised on by a ram­pant Cum­nock at­tack­ing line.

Con­nor Brani­gan suf­fered a sus­pected bro­ken rib af­ter a col­li­sion in the open­ing minute.

The Lang how­ever, looked likely to score on a few oc­ca­sions in the first half with Craig Hast­ings miss­ing a great one-on one chance and Dale Simeon shoot­ing just wide of the post.

Kris Geb­bie hob­bled off with an an­kle in­jury on the half hour mark which per­haps un­set­tled the de­fence. Two min­utes later McKen­zie fin­ished off a fine pass­ing move to open the scor­ing.

The lively Sam­son was tripped in the box a few mo­ments af­ter but Iain Ste­wart saved An­son’s weak spot-kick at­tempt.

The hosts stepped it up a gear be­fore the in­ter­val as McKen­zie net­ted his sec­ond on 39 min­utes while Sam­son struck a left-footed shot into the bot­tom cor­ner to make it 3-0.

Nock’s new sign­ing Adam Forsyth came on to make his de­but and scored a tap in straight from kick-off.

Lang de­fender Meikle mis­tak­enly passed to McKen­zie who fin­ished past Ste­wart for his hat-trick. He then net­ted his fourth through a de­flec­tion two min­utes later.

Sam­son’s cross from the right on 75 min­utes was turned home by Forsyth to com­plete a mis­er­able day for McColl’s men.

The Lang boss re­vealed the club have had to can­cel tonight’s friendly with Arthurlie due to four in­juries and four play­ers on hol­i­day. He also had a mes­sage for the fans.

He said: “I wouldn’t look too much into that re­sult. It was bad, there’s no get­ting away from it,

“We have a friendly on Satur­day against Dun­don­ald Blue­bell (2pm kick off ) and we are hop­ing we play much bet­ter than we have been.”

It should never have been seven but it was em­bar­rass­ing

In­jury woes Kris Geb­bie went off with an an­kle knock

Em­bar­rassed Lang boss Paul McColl

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