Cam­bus­lang bounce back

Boss McColl hails his re­vi­talised play­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - Football Special - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­ager Paul McColl was de­lighted to get back on track ahead of the ju­nior in­ter­na­tional break.

The Somervell Park boss branded last week’s 4-0 drub­bing at the hands of Darvel, which ended their un­beaten run on their Su­per First Di­vi­sion sea­son, as the worst in his time at the helm of the club.

How­ever, Satur­day’s 4-3 win at home to Irvine Meadow in front of a bumper crowd, which in­cluded ex-Rangers star Bar­rie McKay, kept Cam­bus­lang in sec­ond place in the ta­ble.

And The Lang gaf­fer knows it was im­por­tant to get a re­sult as this week­end sees ev­ery ju­nior club handed a free week due to the Um­bro Quad­ran­gu­lar Tro­phy tak­ing place.

“It was quite an en­ter­tain­ing game,” he said. “It was good to bounce back be­cause last week was a sore one and you’ve not got a fix­ture next week­end.

“I heard McKay was in the crowd so he cer­tainly got his money’s worth.

“He was there to watch his brother who is play­ing for Irvine.

“You had seven goals, three red cards, the ref­eree was fairly de­cent but the li­nes­man made some strange de­ci­sions. ”

Mid­field man Dale Simeon was in­flu­en­tial as ever for Cam­bus­lang who had to come from be­hind to take the win.

His two goals ei­ther side of half-time had the game poised at 2-2 be­fore he set up Chris Meikle who gave the Lang the lead.

Medda were re­duced to 10 men after 60 min­utes when Craig Buchanan was

shown a sec­ond yel­low card for a rash chal­lenge.

And things got worse for the vis­i­tors when their man Miller was given his march­ing or­ders shortly after.

Cal­lum McRob­bie made Irvine pay for their slack dis­ci­pline as he got him­self on the score­sheet be­fore Lang’s Barry Eley was also sent off.

Irvine set up a nervy fin­ish to the game with a goal late on but McColl reck­ons his team de­served to take all three points.

He said: “We were 2-1 down at half-time and you don’t want to start shout­ing at them be­cause they were play­ing well.

“So I told them to re­lax and I knew the chances would come.

“McRob­bie and Simeon were caus­ing Irvine all sorts of prob­lems and I said as long as we take our chances we’ll get back into this.

“And fair play to the play­ers they put in a good per­for­mance and got us a re­sult.

“Irvine Meadow are not a bad side. They have de­cent in­di­vid­ual play­ers who can hurt you.

“That’s the best we’ve played in a few weeks. Last week we had maybe two good per­for­mances but on Satur­day we had eight or nine .

“In my opin­ion we should have scored a lot more.”

Com­ment­ing on the red cards, McColl added: “They were all for fouls if I re­mem­ber rightly but there was not a dirty tackle in the game.”

The Lang will be hop­ing their Somervell Park pitch will hold up well with the amount of matches due to be played on it over the com­ing weeks.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land play the Isle of Man on the sa­cred Cam­bus­lang turf tonight, Wed­nes­day, be­fore McColl’s men en­ter­tain Shet­tle­ston on Oc­to­ber 21, Stone­haven in the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup and Ren­frew.

And The Wee Gers boss in­sists they must make home ad­van­tage count but also take one game at a time to avoid com­pla­cency.

He said: “We are now a quar­ter of the way through the league sea­son al­ready and things aren’t go­ing too bad at all.

“But we won’t get too car­ried away with our­selves. This league was al­ways go­ing to be tough.

“Peo­ple might think Shet­tle­ston are poor but they won at the week­end and got off the bot­tom of the ta­ble so there is def­i­nitely no easy games.”

Po­tent threatCal­lum McRob­bie

In­flu­en­tial Cam­bus­lang Rangers mid­fielder Dale Simeon

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