McRob­bie’s fight­ing fit for a start­ing role

Lang’s new striker says he feels like he’s 18 again

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers striker Cal­lum McRob­bie ad­mits he is the fittest he’s ever been and is de­ter­mined to fight for a reg­u­lar place in boss Paul McColl’s start­ing 11.

The 25-year-old dropped down a league from Cum­nock Ju­niors to join the Cen­tral District First Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons this summer.

And Cal­lum, an ex-Albion Rovers forward, is one of sev­eral ex­pe­ri­enced for­mer se­nior play­ers who have been drafted in to go for the club’s third pro­mo­tion in as many sea­sons.

He ad­mit­ted his fit­ness lev­els dropped last sea­son while play­ing for the Town­head Park side and he failed to fea­ture in as many matches as he would have liked.

But the for­mer Glen­cairn un­der 21 star says he has gave him­self the best chance of chal­leng­ing the other five strik­ers – and his friend John Gem­mell – for a start­ing striker’s jer­sey.

He said: “I want to fight for my place. Last year I wasn’t as fit and I wasn’t giv­ing my­self the best chance. I was get­ting played out wide and to me I want to play through the mid­dle.

“My aim was to get my­self as fit as pos­si­ble for the start of the sea­son and, to be hon­est, I’m the fittest I’ve ever been at the mo­ment, I feel like I’m 18 again. So this sea­son it’s about get­ting a good run of games and scor­ing goals.”

Cal­lum spent four years with Aberdeen be­fore mak­ing the move to Lang’s ri­vals Glen­cairn to play in their un­der-21 set-up.

A suc­cess­ful cou­ple of years re­warded him with five tro­phies be­fore mov­ing into se­nior foot­ball with Albion Rovers.

The drop down into the ju­nior scene saw Cal­lum win pro­mo­tion with Shet­tle­ston in the Su­per First Di­vi­sion and earned him a move to Cum­nock.

But trav­el­ling to train­ing in East Ayr­shire was tak­ing its toll on the front­man who lives in Ruchill and works at Parseq, a multi-chan­nel ser­vice provider, both in Glas­gow.

So as soon as talks started with McColl and now ex-Lang as­sis­tant Ge­orge Fother­ing­ham, Cal­lum knew the move was too good to turn down.

Cal­lum, who had worked with Ge­orge at Glen­cairn, ad­mit­ted he was gut­ted to see the coach leave the club last week as he was a ma­jor in­flu­ence in him com­ing to Somervell Park.

He said: “Ge­orge has al­ways been one of my big­gest fans and wanted me to play in his teams so when he came here he asked me if I’d be in­ter­ested in com­ing in.

“Trav­el­ling from my work to train­ing just didn’t suit me. Last year I was work­ing at Parseq so I was get­ting up at 7am, com­ing to train­ing after it and not get­ting in un­til 11pm.

“Cam­bus­lang is ob­vi­ously a bit closer to home, Ge­orge was there, and I know a few boys who were in the team so I felt it was the right move to make.”

Three de­feats in three pre-sea­son matches will not fill Lang fans with much con­fi­dence but McRob­bie is con­fi­dent the team will over­come their dis­ap­point­ing start.

He said: “The team’s tar­get will be to stay in that league. After com­ing up, we’ll not want peo­ple think­ing they will walk over the top of us. I don’t think that will hap­pen.

“I’ve played in that league and been pro­moted with Shet­tle­ston so I think, with the team we’ve got and the play­ers I’ve seen at train­ing, we’ll do well. It won’t be a case of go­ing up and

Chal­lenge Cam­bus­lang striker Cal­lum McRob­bie wants a start­ing jer­sey

Ex-se­nior Cal­lum spent time with strike part­ner John Gem­mell at Albion Rovers

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