MacKinnon eager to see how Hamilton’s new signings perform in the Premiership

Hamilton skipper Darian MacKinnon has warned the club’s new players that they will need to learn fast in Scotland’s top flight.

Six of Accies’ nine summer signings will be playing in the Ladbrokes Premiership for the first time and Hamilton have not had the best of preparations for Saturday’s season opener against Hearts.

Martin Canning’s men only won one of their four Betfred Cup group games and finished in third place behind Lanarkshire rivals Airdrie.

MacKinnon said: “We have lost a few players and brought the new ones in so it will be interesting to see how they cope in the Premiership.

“They are all good players having seen them in games and training but it will be interesting to see if they can do it in the Premiership on a consistent basis because they have been playing kids’ football.

“They will see when Hearts come to town on Saturday that you have not got time for six or seven touches, it’s a touch and then bang. So we will soon see.”

After the departure of a number of long-serving players this year, MacKinnon and the likes of Dougie Imrie will be key to ensuring the new arrivals know all about the team ethic that has served Accies well in recent seasons.

“We have been there that long,” the 32-year-old said. “We have had chances to move on but we stayed because we love the club.

“So when the new guys come in, especially people who don’t have a clue about Scottish football, you need to teach them that.

“The good thing about Hamilton is that the younger players can do that too, because they know what Hamilton is all about. You need to pass it on.

“A lot of the young boys that are coming through have been there since I’ve been there. We have watched them come through as spotty-faced kids and now they are turning into men, and, dare you say it, maybe better than you in a couple of years.

“But it’s good to see. I enjoy watching them come through and seeing what they can do in their career.”

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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