31 Jan Greek signing for Accies
Hamilton have completed their second January signing after landing Greek right-back Giannis Skondras.
The 26-year-old was released by PAOK Salonika earlier this month but Accies boss Martin Canning has now handed him a deal until the end of the season.
However, the Lanarkshire outfit’s supporters will not be able to see the former Greek youth cap in action when they take on Inverness on Tuesday night.
Canning is still waiting for his new capture to receive international clearance but is hopeful Skondras will be free to make his debut on Saturday when his side take on Kilmarnock.
The Hamilton boss is also on the look-out for a striker but says he may have to leave it late as Tuesday’s 11pm transfer deadline looms.
Canning said: “I’m still speaking to a couple of strikers that I’d like to get in – but they will be last minute things if they end up going through.”
Meanwhile, Canning does not expect to be waving goodbye to top scorer Ali Crawford any time soon.
The midfielder has nine goals this season but missed a glorious chance to put Hamilton in front against St Johnstone on Saturday – with it proving costly as Accies ended up losing 3-0 in Perth.
And his boss reckons he will need to start putting those kind of opportunities away if he wants to make a move to a bigger club.
“There has been literally no-one contacting the club about Ali,” said Canning. “I think his agent has asked how much we would accept for him, but that’s the only question that has ever been put to us.
“Hopefully that opportunity will come for Ali but he has got to keep his head down and continue to work hard, and if you look at Saturday’s game take the chances that will put him in the spotlight.
“Over the last three or four games he’s had big opportunities to score important goals and had he done that, I’m sure we’d be sitting here with an offer in for him.”
“Big players take those chances and that’s what kicks you on to the next level.”
Only goal difference is keeping Hamilton above bottom side Inverness and Canning admits his team need to find a way to grind out results.
He said: “Tuesday night’s game is huge, so is Saturday’s against Kilmarnock. We need to look at that as two wins and six points.
“It’s getting to the point now where performances go out the window and it’s just all about the results.
“However we have to do it, we just need to win. If it has to be an ugly performance then so be it.
“We need guys to stand up and be counted. We were in a similar situation last year and managed to win the games that kept us up. There’s no reason why we can’t do the same this time.
“We’re probably playing better this year but we’re missing chances in the big moments.”