Dec 19 2012 By Kenny Smith
Cambuslang Rangers were able to benefit from some last-gasp planning to ensure they were able to work on their match fitness at the weekend.
The Lang played a friendly on Saturday against St Anthony’s - but it was very much a touch-and-go affair after two other proposed friendly fixtures fell through.
But it all worked out well in the end for the Somervell Park side, who won the game 1-0.
Boss Alan Wardlaw said: “We had a contingency plan in place so if the game was called off we would have a friendly. We had tentative agreements in place with Pollok or Glencairn, so if our game was off, and theirs was, we would play.
“Unfortunately it turned out that Pollok’s park would be unplayable and in the end the Glens’ game was on, so on Saturday morning we had a park booked but no opposition. We were quickly able to arrange a friendly with St Anthony’s instead.
“ A lot of credit goes to the Willie Miller our chairman and the SJFA for turning round the request as quickly as they did and we have to give them our thanks - they were able to make it happen despite the short notice, as we made the arrangement at 10am, for a 12.15pm kick off.
“We won the game 1-0 through a Phil McCabe goal, but it was a very worthwhile exercise. To be honest, it looked as if it was a game between two teams that hadn’t played for about three weeks, and in reality that’s just what it was - a game between two teams that hadn’t played for about three weeks!”
This Saturday the Lang are scheduled to face Johnstone Burgh away.
Alan added: “It’s a huge game for us - this is This Saturday the Lang are scheduled to face Johnstone Burgh away.
Alan added: “It’s a huge game for us - this is a no less important three points to us than Royal Albert or Newmains for example. You don’t get any more points for beating teams at the top than you do teams at the bottom.
“We’ll treat this game in exactly the same way, and we want to keep building on our last four league wins. We need to get more consistency in our game.”
One player who will be missing from the Lang line-up is centre-half Fraser Craig, who returned to the club earlier this season after a spell living and working in London.
Alan said: “We’re going to have to release Fraser Craig.
“He’s just started his own restaurant business and unfortunately for us, a knock-on from that means that he won’t be able to commit to any training at all for the foreseeable future, which is a difficult one for us.
“But these things happen in football, so we just have to get on with it.”
With the imminent arrival of three new signings (see back page), it means that Alan will need to reshape his squad.
He explained: “This is the least enjoyable part of being a manager, when you tell players you’re releasing them.
“One of the hard things these days is working within a tight budget, so you can’t afford to carry something like 25 players, much as you’d like to.
“I’m going to have a conversation with some players and tell them their surplus to requirements, which I don’t like doing.”