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24 DEC 2005

Somervell Door Keeps On Turning by Kenny Smith of the Reformer

Cambuslang Rangers Manager Scott Archer has shown the door to a couple of other players as he seeks to find that winning formula he has been looking for all season. 4 players will now leave the club when the transfer window opens in January.

Scott has announced two more departures from the Lang squad, with goalkeeper Alan Colquhoun and Scottish junior international Craig Porter being released from Somervell Park.

He said: “In addition to Davie Menelaws and Paul Burns being transfer listed, Craig Porter will also be leaving.

“He’s had a few personal issues, but I expected him to be there for the Troon game but he never turned up, which was very disappointing.

“He said he’d supposedly been trying to get in touch with me to let me know, but I’m not that hard to get hold of, so I’ve decided he can leave. I want players who are willing to give their all for this club.

“I know that some supporters will be disappointed to hear that Alan Colquhoun has been released on a free transfer.

“He had a good attitude, but his work commitments have taken over from his football.

“Alan never turned up for training for two weeks, but I need guys who are willing to train and play for this club. You just need to look at our other keeper, Stevie McGovern - he gives 100 per cent to train and turn up for games.

“I sat down and had a chat with Alan and he explained his situation to me, and I told him I need players to be at training.

“He turned up late for the Rob Roy game expecting to play, but I had to pick the team based on what I’d got, so I put Stevie in, so we’ve decided he should leave the club. He came for free, and has left the club on a free too. He would still be at the club if he’d been along to training.

“So when the transfer window opens we’ll be on the lookout for another keeper as competition for Stevie.”

With the transfer window opening on January 1, there should be a fair bit of activity at Somervell Park.

Scott added: “We’ve been in touch with a couple of teams already, so we know who’s already available.

“But we can’t do anything until the transfer window opens, with regards to other players.

“Hopefully, we can get something sorted before our next game against Hurlford on January 7.

“They’re just a few places above us in the league, so if we want to get ourselves out of this, that’s the kind of game we’re going to have to win.

“Every game is massive for us between now and the end of the season.”

11 NOV 2005

Archer Swings The Axe

Cambuslang Rangers manager Scott Archer has swung the axe yet again at Somervell Park. Archer’s patience finally ran out after the O.V.D. Cup defeat at the hands of super league outfit Arthurlie last weekend. No fewer than 3 players made themselves unavailable for selection fir this important cup tie, Paul Burns and Jamie Coulter declared themselves unfit and keeper Stevie McGovern was unavailable due to work commitments, for the third Saturday in a row. These late call offs forced Archer to list himself among the substitutes.

 

Is it sheer coincidence that Petershill enquired about Coulters availability but were told by Archer that Cambuslang needed all their players for this Scottish Cup 2nd Round tie. This meant that Coulter would have been cup tied by Cambuslang ruling out him playing in the competition for any other side should he be moved on.

 

McGovern’s No

Show Is Not On

Archer went on to say "Petershill manager Stevie Easton called me out of the blue last week to enquire about Coulter.

"Jamie was a player that I regarded as very much a part of my plans, but it transpired that Jamie had been letting clubs know he was unhappy here and would fancy a move"

 

"This was all news to me, but putting the club's interests first I said we need every available man for the Arthurlie match and in fairness to the Petershill manager, he agreed to put his interest on hold.

 

"For Coulter to then turn up and tell us he was injured, and could not play in such an important game, showed a complete lack of respect for everyone associated with Cambuslang Rangers"

 

"I told Coulter to his face that I didn't believe his tale"

 

Scott continued "As far as I'm concerned he has burnt his boats at this club and I have informed Petershill of that already"

 

Coulter is not the only one being shown the exit door at Somervell, keeper Stevie McGovern has been transfer listed after he was informed his services are no longer required at Somervell.

Scott said "I have no reason to think McGovern's no show on Saturday was anything other than work related, but he has now missed 3 Saturdays in a row which is simply not good enough for a club in our situation"

"Similarly, Paul Burns has been given the benefit of the doubt. He will be asked to put in more effort to help the club out of trouble, which is not beyond us.

"I do feel however that there are others whose hearts just don't seem to be in it and they might need to be moved on too."

Scott Archer does not hang about when it comes to bringing in and shipping out players. And maybe given the time there might just be some light at the end of the Somervell Park Tunnel.

Burns and McGovern have been placed on the transfer list while Coulter is expected to sign for Petershill soon.

Burns Placed On Transfer list

Coulter Set For Petershill Move

04 OCT 2005

It’s a Taylor Made Move

As Scott Archer and Archie Malley continue the search for the right players to get Cambuslang back to winning ways Cambuslang Rangers have completed the signing of yet another player in their 2nd spell at Somervell Park, Stewart Taylor.

Stewart was at the club a couple of seasons ago when the manager was Andy Cunningham.

 

“This is my second spell at Cambuslang Rangers and is one I am thoroughly looking forward to. Going by early season results it is going to be a tough challenge but it is one I am certainly 100% committed too.”

 

Stewart is also another player that feels he didn’t get a fair crack of the whip in that spell and explains what he thinks were the reasons behind that.

 

“I was previously with the club for two seasons from 2001 to 2003, which I thoroughly enjoyed but towards the end things never worked out for me. In my first season I think I consistently performed well, which resulted in me picking up the Supporters Club Young Player Of The Year however, I never featured much the following season and ultimately fell out of the manager's plans.

 

Although Stewart fell out of Andy Cunningham's plans, why didn't he stay and fight for his place?

 

“Although I never wanted to leave, at this point I had to reluctantly admit to myself that it was best if I moved on and this was when I joined Hurlford Juniors. 

 

"There was no real explanation from the management as to why I wasn't getting a game but sometimes you just have to move and I think it was the right time for both myself and the club If I moved"

 

"Ironically, one of my last games for Hurlford was only last month against Cambuslang in which Hurlford won two nil.”

 

When asked about the current squad, management and his thoughts on the long hard battle that lies ahead for Cambuslang Rangers Stewart was quite positive,

 

“I live in Cambuslang so I am absolutely delighted to get another shot at playing for my local junior club. I know quite a few of the guys in the squad already so that is always a help”

 

“Scott and Archie are in the process of building a new squad and once I heard Scott's plans for the future I had no hesitation in signing. 

 

"I believe Cambuslang are a massive club who belong in the top division and hopefully we can consolidate our position in the Super 1st Division and then set about getting into the top flight"

 

“The response of the fans and the committee so far has been excellent and I hope I can repay all of them.  I cant wait until the time comes when I can pull on a Cambuslang Rangers jersey again”

 

14 Aug 2005

Sectional Going To The Wire

Cambuslang Rangers and East Kilbride know now that it will be Winner Takes All in their meeting on Wednesday night. After Saturday’s results it means EK and Lang are first and second respectively and one of them will progress to the Quarter Finals next midweek. East Kilbride defeated Vale of Clyde 2-0 and Glens went down 2-1 to Blantyre Vics setting up the tense finally. TABLE HERE

29 July 2005

Another Old Boy Returns

The Lang have added another former player to their squad for next season, in midfielder Iain Stoddart.

Scott Archer Explains

“We’ve re-signed Iain Stoddart.

“I spoke to Stoddy about a month ago when he asked if he could come along to do his pre-season with us. I told him he could come back, and he’s been at every session when I’ve been away.

“He played down at Glenafton on Saturday and was one of our best players, and with that performance, we decided to sign him up.

“We’re working on a very small budget - that’s not an excuse - but we’re looking to strengthen as much as possible, and Iain is part of that.

“He’s still quite a young lad, but he’s got a lot of experience, especially when we’re bringing in younger boys to our squad, and he showed how good he is against some of the better players from Ayrshire. I was delighted with the way he performed.”

 

07 July 2005

Training Day At Somervell

Lang manager Scott Archer pictured with a couple of signing targets

06 July 2005

Richie Love Talks to The Lang Online

Special Report by Jim Logan (appears courtesy Reformer)

Love Affair – Second Time Around

Another player in his second stint at Cambuslang Rangers is young striker Richie Love. Richie joined Cambuslang 2 years ago and began very well but then it all went pear shaped.

Richard explains " I started off very well in my first spell, I was scoring one or two nearly every game I was playing, but come November of that year it all seemed to just hit a brick wall for what reason I'm not sure, I didn't get much more that 10 minutes a game after that. 

"The team was doing well and we went on to win the league so I didn't have much to complain about but with spending just over half a season on the bench your confidence goes and so does your fitness.

"After this I found it hard to get back in and when I did I wasn't ready, then came the dreaded shin splints which usually last for about 6 weeks, but about a year and a half later I am still getting problems with it but nowhere near to the extent of before."

When asked about the future Richie has high hopes for the season ahead,

"Although we have lost a lot of quality players, I believe that Scott Archer and Archie Malley will bring together a good squad capable of holding its own in the division that we are in. 

It looks like we will have a young team and it will be very important to have people like Scott Archer, Billy Holmes and Gary McGregor and Andy Noble about to pass on their knowledge and help the team develop. It is going to be a challenge but its one that we are all looking forward too."

Richie left Cambuslang during the January transfer window and went to Kilsyth where it didn't quite work out as expected. Richie explains why that was,

"I left and went to Kilsyth Rangers, then to Larkhall, but due to my shin splints I found it hard to constantly train and hold down a regular place.

"I left purely to do with football reasons, I was struggling with my injury which was having an effect on my fitness then this obviously was hampering my chances to get in front of the two strikers, I felt as if I wasn't getting my chance so I felt that I had to go else where to get myself some much needed match practice."

"I'm very happy to have signed again for Cambuslang Rangers, last season was a total nightmare, leaving Cambuslang so low on confidence and moving between teams until the end of the season, things just seemed to go from bad to worse but its great to be back, full of confidence and getting back to full fitness. 

Next Season will be a very big challenge for the whole club, a challenge I am very much looking forward to. 

The new manager has shown much faith and loyalty to me since the day that he brought me into the club two seasons ago and I look forward to paying back some of that by helping him, the club and the team have, hopefully, a successful season.

Personally I hope that I can get back to the scoring form that I started my Cambuslang career with two season ago and stay away from injury, I'm very excited about that start of the season, being realistic our aim will be to stay in the division due to all the changes in the team but this is something that I'm confident that we will be able to do.

"I hope now to be able to show the Cambuslang Fans just exactly what I can do and roll on the new season."

05 July 2005

Andy Talks To The Lang Online

Special Report by Jim Logan (appears courtesy Reformer)

Noble Relishing New Challenge.

 

Cambuslang Rangers New Signing Andrew Noble can't wait for the new season to begin.

 

Andrew returns to Cambuslang after an 4 year stint away from the club.

 

Andrew Says " Firstly it is great to be back at Somervell. 4 years is a long time to be away from a club where I spent 8 years playing”

 

I never really wanted to leave Cambuslang Rangers but these things do happen in Football.

They are in the past and it's now time to look forward.

 

"I had a difference in opinion with the manager at the time, Andrew Cunningham and I

felt I was being squeezed further and further out of the picture at Cambuslang and I just wanted to be playing football"

 

"I felt I was still capable of doing a job for the club but the manager thought otherwise, so I

left for pastures new.

 

"I am returning to Somervell purely for footballing  reasons and after talking to the manager (Scott Archer),

I am looking forward to what is going to be a very big challenge ahead next season, it is a challenge

that I couldn't resist.

 

"Scott is building a young squad and I hope to bring a bit of experience gained while on my travels,

at Lesmahagow and Blantyre Vics, along with some grey hairs that is..."

 

"The new manager has ambition and I wanted to be a part of the new era being started at Somervell Park.

 

"It would be great to gain promotion to the Super League Premier Division but realistically with the new

squad, a young looking squad at that and all the other changes that have happened this season then I

think we should be looking at consolidation in the division we are in. We know it is going to be difficult

and that's another reason I have come back"

 

I hope the supporters welcome my return as I've been away too long and can't wait to get back playing for Cambuslang Rangers.

 

 

23 June 2005

Feenie In Disappointing Exit

Special Report by Jim Logan (appears courtesy Reformer)

Former Lang Online Player of the Year Martin Feenie has expressed his "extreme disappointment" at leaving Somervell Park.

 

Martin picked up the Unofficial Web Site player of the year in season 2003-04.

 

Martin also stood in as team captain in the absence of Billy Holmes and was a firm favourite with the Cambuslang Rangers Fans and an integral part of the Lang side that lifted the Central 1st Division title only 13 months ago.

 

" The writing was on the wall when I was informed that the club had accepted an offer for me from Kilsyth Rangers,

" There was very little effort made to keep me at the club and that was the most disappointing aspect of it all"

 

" Scott (Archer) did want to keep me but he has his hands tied with the amount of cash available to him"

 

" I envisaged myself at Cambuslang Rangers for a few more seasons, albeit in a reduced playing or even coaching capacity"

 

" I had already discussed my options with  manager Andy Cunningham"

 

"There were a lot of unhappy players when Andy was sacked it left a bad taste in the mouth and the heads went down in the dressing room hence the poor finish to what looked a promising season up till that point. I have always given 100% at every club I have been at and that was the way it would remain"

 

 

" What I will say is that I appreciate what the club have to do and also the way they have to do it to get the cub back on track both on the field and off it but the offer was not what I had hoped for or expected and there was no negotiating, it almost seemed like a take it or leave ultimatum and sadly I had to leave it"

 

" I made a lot of friends in my time at Cambuslang and these people will remain so.

 

" Former Chairman Gordon Hendry, George Jamieson and Jim Logan game me a lot of support at the club and I would like to take the opportunity just to say thanks to them. Also Tom Brown and Lesley of Sweepers in their support during the past couple of seasons.

 

"I also feel I have to give the groundsman, Wee Ralph a mention for all his effort in my time at Somervell"

 

" I'm just disappointed in the way it all ended but what's done is done and I now look forward to my next challenge with my new team Kilsyth Rangers"

 

" Finally All the best to Cambuslang Rangers for the forthcoming season"

23 June 2005

Noble Return For Andy

Former Lang player Andrew Noble has returned to Cambuslang Rangers. Lang manager see Andy as an ideal replacement for departing defender Martin Feenie. Andy left Somervell after falling out of favout after 8 great years at the club. After spells at Lesmahagow and Blantyre and is heading back to Somervell Park.

20 June 2005

More Comings And Goings

Former Lang Online player of the Year Martin Feenie has decided to leave Cambuslang Rangers. Martin failed to agree terms with the club and will now move on. This is a massive blow to both Cambuslang and Scott Archer. Martin won the Web Site player of the Year 2003-04. I would like to wish Martin all the best for the future.

There is talk of an ex-Lang player returning to Somervell Park. His name I will not reveal at the monent but as soon as he has signed on the dotted line I will let you know….

19 June 2005

More Signing News

Cambuslang have re-signed defender Paul Graham and midfielder Steven Tyczynski for the forthcoming season. Both players had differing seasons last term with Tyczynski struggling most of it with injury. Graham had a decent season playing mostly in defence. Also joining Cambuslang is new signing Graham Gallagher, a defender/midfielder from Darvel. I am assuming here that this will be an Archie Malley influenced signing as he was manager down there not too long ago.

13 June 2005

Coulter and McCluskey Sign On

Cambuslang have re-signed midfielder Jamie Coulter. A good signing for the Lang. Jamie was in fine form last season and this will be a big boost to Scott Archer as he brings in new faces to the club. Cambuslang have also completed the signing of Larkhall’s attacking midfielder James McCluskey.

12 June 2005

Done and Dusted

The deal involving Brown, Doak and Ferguson has been completed. The 3 players signed for Larkhall on Friday. Cambuslang will get Jamie McClusky plus a 4 figure some as part of the deal.

There are also heavy hints that The Lang Online Player of the Year 2005 Alan McCrae could be on the move to, with East Kilbride Thistle thought to be interested.

I would like to wish the players all the best at their new club.

10 June 2005

Larkall Come Calling

Larkhall Thislte look like they are about to sign no less than 3 transfer listed Cambuslang Players. Paul Brown, Graham Doak and Craig Ferguson are all in signing talks with the Lanarkshire Club. Cambuslang are looking at a deal to bring a Larkhall player, James McCluskey, in the opposite direction.

Scott Says “He’s an attacking midfielder, and hopefully we can do a deal for him.”

“There’s quite a few other players I’m interested in, and we’re having on-going talks.

“One of them is a young keeper who was out with us at Cumbernauld, and I’m quite confident of getting him. He’s said he wants to come to the club, so we’ll see what happens.

“But we won’t really be able to bring anyone in until we have a few of our current squad going out.”

With all the departures, Scott has offered terms to other members of the squad, who he hopes will stay at Somervell for the new season.

It is understood that some players are still unhappy about the acrimonious departure of former manager Andy Cunningham, but Scott hopes the players will overcome this to sign up for the new season.

He said: “Jamie Coulter, Willie Galloway, Alan Paterson and Paul Graham are guys I really want us to keep.

“Billy Holmes and Gary McGregor will remain with the club, until they either get fit, or decide what they want to do next. They are long-term servants of the club.

“Gary is an important player, and he’s said he will stay on. He’s been very loyal to the club, even though he’s been out injured.

“And I want Billy to stay with us, as he’s got a massive amount of experience. He’s also my best friend!”

 

Scott and his assistant Archie Malley are setting their sights high in the new season, and don’t want to settle for second best.

He said: “I want Cambuslang to do well. I didn’t become manager here so we could be a middle of the table club.

“I want us to be up there fighting with the rest of them, to get promotion.

“I’d have hoped my management career would have started better than it has done, but the real test begins when the new season starts.

“I’ve just hoping for a successful season, and so is Archie.

“Although the finances aren’t the greatest, like just about every other team in Scotland, we’ve still got big plans for the club.”

Derek Carmichael is interesting Kilwinning Rangers.

03 June 2005

More Follow Brown Out The Door

Cambuslang Rangers manager Scott Archer has also transfer listed Derek Carmichael, Jamie McCarroll and Craig Ferguson. Scott has also released keeper David Lowe and is waiting on several players accepting or rejecting the offers put to them. He has still to speak to a couple of players regarding terms for next season. Martin Feenie being one of those players. Martin should not be allowed to leave Somervell, his experience at this level is invaluable as is that of Skipper Billy Holmes. Billy has decided to wait to see how his knee op heals and will then decide wether to stay at Somervell Park.

The Lang Online would like to wish the players leaving all the best at their new clubs…

28 May 2005

Lang Transfer List Brown

Cambuslang manager Scott Archer has slapped striker Paul Brown on the transfer list. He has also hinted that this won’t be the only big name leaving Somervell this summer.

Scott says below par performances at the end of the season are going to end careers of some players at this club. Our 1-0 defeat to Lugar Boswell seemed to be the final straw for The Lang Manager and he seems certaihn to show others the exit door pretty soon. Scott Said “ It’s still very disappointing. There wasn’t much in the game, apart from the goal we conceeded.

“In the second half I thought the performance was a bit better, but I think a lot of the guys have got it into their head were safe from relegation, so they’re not putting in the same commitment.

“I’d still like to have got something in our last 4 matches, but I’m more or less looking forward to next season.

“A lot of the guys don’t seem to realise thy are playing for their futures.

“I have to be honest and say a lot of them have actually played their way out of my plans

“But now I’m thinking ahead to next season, to start again with fresh faces.

Scott Explained “Paul Brown has been placed on the transfer list. He didn’t request it – I listed him.

“I put him on the list after Friday’s match, and he didn’t appear for the second half.

“He’s a good player with a lot of ability, but the attitude also has to be there, with Paul it isn’t…

“ He’s not 100% committed to the club, I don’t want guys here who won’t give everything for the team.”

Report Courtesy Kenny Smith of the Reformer

 

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