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ACCIES AIM TO DERAIL CELTIC

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HAMILTON boss Martin Canning hopes to halt Celtic’s title surge in its tracks – and end a miserable run of three consecutive defeats.

The Accies gaffer has seen his side lose to St Johnstone, Kilmarnock and Hibs in a difficult spell of three away games in six days.

As Canning prepared for tomorrow’s visit of the champions, who won 4-1 at the SuperSeal stadium in September, he said: “It’s a big game for both teams and it’s one they will want to take points to go on and win the league.

“For us, it’s good to be back home and, hopefully, we can take something from the game.

“The most important thing now is to put all our energy and focus into Celtic. We approach every game with the same mentality, to try and take points and it will be no different tomorrow.

“We know against Celtic – as Dundee did in their goalless draw on Wednesday – you’ve got to ride your luck, play well, and hope Celtic, on the day, don’t play as well as they can.

“In the last game against Celtic here, in the first-half, I think it was probably as good as I’ve seen them play. I thought they were excellent.

“In the second-half, we contained them a lot better. We know we can compete with them, we know it’s difficult as well, but for us we need to make sure we’re at it on this occasion.”

Canning, whose team lost 3-1 at Easter Road in midweek, added: “We were very much in the game against Hibs. it was even at 1-1, and then Dougie Imrie got sent off. It changed the complexion and became difficult when they scored within a minute.

“However, the performances are there, we need to continue to perform, and, hopefully, the results will come back.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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