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2020/2021

Hamilton Academical

In


Callum Smith (att) Dunfermeline, Charlie Trafford (mid) Inverness, Ross Callachan (mid) St Johnstone

Out


Andy Dales (Mid) Scunthorpe (end of loan), Luke Southwood (gk) Reading (end of loan), Sam Woods (def) Crystal Palace (end of loan) Blair Alston, Jay Blair, Steve Davies, Alex Gogic, Johnny Hunt, Aaron McGowan, Mickel Miller, George Oakley and Charlie Reilly

Hamilton avoided a relegation play off thanks to the premature ending of the season. They struggled for the majority of the campaign and only significant improvement late in the season, beating Rangers and Kilmarnock, saved them from relegation. Their youth focused squad struggled up front, despite Ogkompe and Moyo improving later in the season. But several academy graduates continued impressing in the first team with Jamie Hamilton and Lewis Smith standouts. Several new signings have arrived so far although none with significant top flight experience. Canada international Charlie Trafford is the standout and will offer a strong physical core in midfield. Loan signings are likely to arrive before transfer window shuts. Several key departures including George Oakley do not appear to have been adequately replaced though Hamilton will likely bring reinforcements in on loan from England within the next month. Some of last season’s acquisitions took their time to settle in but, this season, Hamilton have gone for bringing in players from lower leagues and will no doubt promote from the youth system. The team suffers from a lack of experience and physical ability. While they have plenty of good technical players, they look set to find themselves outmuscled by most opposition.

Target


Hamilton are still out of their depth and will see survival as the main goal. Avoiding the relegation play offs would be a bonus.

Season Review
2020/2021

№12: Hamilton Academical

A heart-breaking relegation finally ends Hamilton’s 7-year top flight spell. Hamilton were off to a terrible start that left them facing an uphill struggle from early on. Away wins against Motherwell and Livingston sole bright spots, before an eight-game spell without a win left them with a mountain to climb. An enormous injury list left the club in serious trouble, often struggling to fill a bench with senior players. The ongoing COVID situation, together with a limited playing budget, meant manager Rice was unable to reinforce his squad. The forward line was a consistent issue, with midfielder Callachan the main attacking threat, but the likes of Moyo, Winter and Smith failing to perform consistently. Defensively, things were a little better. Odoffin’s move from full back to midfield proved effective as he consistently ranked among the best in the league for interceptions and tackles. Young players like Jamie Hamilton and Lewis Smith both impressed but struggled with injuries. Anderson’s arrival on loan from Aberdeen seemed to give the team some hope, as he began to form a forward partnership with Ogboe. More late injuries essentially put paid to any survival hopes, with excellent keeper Fulton involved in an accident at home. Despite a late win over St Mirren, Hamilton simply couldn’t get the necessary points on the board. Relegation is a big blow, but Hamilton’s strong academy system gives them a good chance of bouncing back quickly.


Player of the Season: Ross Callachan

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