Rangers B head coach has admitted his side weren’t good enough in the 3-1 defeat by Civil Service Strollers that ended their 100% start to the season as the Colts boss reflected on a tough night for the young Gers in Dumbarton.
After winning all three of their opening games without conceding, the Gers went into the tie with CS Strollers in confident moot but struggled to get going before falling behind before the break.
A late consolation goal was all the Gers could muster and McCallum confessed it is new territory for his players after their fantastic start to life as a Lowland League side.
“We weren’t good enough,” McCallum told Rangers TV.
“The lads have done really well in games up until this point. There comes a point where if we don’t start well enough, they score the goal they get from a free-kick and have something to protect and defend and it becomes difficult.
“Ultimately, in the first half, we didn’t have enough energy and we didn’t have enough quality. These are things that haven’t been labelled at the guys until this stage so we have to use that situation and try make sure we don’t put ourselves in it again.”
As life starts to get back to normal following the Covid 19 pandemic, there was an increased capacity of 600 at C&G Systems Stadium and McCallum was delighted to see such support for the young Gers.
Rangers fans have really given their backing to the Colts and McCallum recognises the players and staff have a responsibility to the fans to give them something to enjoy, adding: “At 3-0 down, you’re hoping the fans stay with you – and they did – and getting the goal back when we did you felt there was another bit of a lift in the ground.
We’re responsible for that. We recognise as players and staff we’re responsible for giving the fans something to enjoy and something to keep that support with us and they did that anyway.
“Looking back over previous games, we’ve been good and we’ve done well but it is important that we don’t rest on the games before and look forward.”