Scunthorpe winger Andy Dales heads north of the border to Hamilton on loan

Hamilton have completed the loan signing of Scunthorpe winger Andy Dales.

The 25-year-old joins until the end of the season after making 12 appearances for Dundee during a similar move a year ago. He has played six times for Scunthorpe this season.

Head coach Brian Rice told the club’s website: “I’ve seen Andy play and know what he’s capable of. He’s someone who’s caught my eye and I’ve always monitored his progress.

“I believe he will be a strong addition to our squad and adds options to our wingers, an area I was looking to strengthen.”

Rice earlier admitted his shock at the departure of Sam Stubbs, who was recalled from a season-long deal by Middlesbrough before being loaned to Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag.

“It was a shock to me,” Rice said. “It came right out the blue. I thought he was here to the end of the season. I wasn’t planning for that to happen.

“Sam came to see me on Monday afternoon at 2.45 to explain the situation and by half past three he had left the camp.

“I just wished him all the best. He was fantastic for us but we have been fantastic for him as well.

“Hopefully we can use that to try to get other players and say ‘Look, Sam Stubbs came from Middlesbrough played, done well and has got a move to the Dutch Eredivisie’.

“But that’s football. You have to take it on the chin and move on.

“I have names of defenders if I need to go and get one. We still have time to look at the situation.”

Rice is in limbo regarding 22-year-old goalkeeper Luke Southwood, who returned to Reading from his short loan spell at Hamilton.

He said:  “I think that we had an agreement that he was coming back. But they have a new manager and he hasn’t seen him.

“He wanted to see him in training and they put him on the bench for the cup game last week against Blackpool.

“So we are very hopeful that Luke will come back but at this moment in time I don’t know if he will or not.”

Asked about reports that Morton want veteran midfielder Darian MacKinnon, Rice said: “There is a bit of interest from a Championship club and I am not surprised.

“Darian has still got a bit to offer and there is no way he is getting chased out the door here. He was made aware of the situation and he is still here.

“I don’t know if he is interested in leaving but right now he is here with me. He wants to play football and he wants to play here at Hamilton.”

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