24 Feb Imrie eyes redemption against Celtic
Dougie Imrie admits Hamilton are still hurting from the painful 8-1 thumping by Celtic and are determined to prove a point against the Hoops on Friday.
Leigh Griffiths fired in a hat-trick as the Hoops ran riot at Celtic Park against a woeful Accies side just over a month ago.
Imrie, a first-half sub, had to watch through the cracks of his fingers as Martin Canning’s men were ruthlessly disposed of.
However, ahead of the meeting at New Douglas Park, Imrie says the players are desperate to redeem themselves.
“I was on the bench in the first half and just watching the guys that were playing was horrible,” he said.
“It was embarrassing from our point of view but after getting beat 8-1 you want to prove a point.
“We are a good team, we have good players and we’ll be going out looking to get something from the game on Friday.
“I know it will be difficult as they are a very good team.
“They’ll be coming to our place trying to keep the pressure on Aberdeen by winning games but hopefully we’ll get a reaction.”
The Accies are just one point ahead of 11th-placed Kilmarnock but only seven points off fourth place Ross County, highlighting the competitive nature of the Premiership this season.
Imrie though is adamant the Accies have enough quality in their squad to avoid the drop.
“I know we’ve got a good squad and good players to keep us up but we’re just not getting the breaks at the moment.
“The league is that tight the win gets you up two or three places while a defeat can pull you down.”
Meanwhile, Imrie dismissed suggestions from Rangers boss Mark Warburton that the development league is stunting young players growth.
The midfielder is also an Under-17 coach at the Accies and pointed to the success of the club bringing through talent like James McCarthy, James McArthur, Ali Crawford and Ziggy Gordon as evidence that the league does work.
“I don’t know where he is coming from to be honest because we’ve had numerous amounts of kids coming through to play in the first team,” he said.
“I don’t think at the bigger clubs they get an opportunity because they are under pressure to win games.
“Don’t get me wrong that’s not a bad thing as fans want to see clubs win things but I think that’s why kids get shunted to the sidelines and their development is hindered.”