By Andrew Petrie – 15th September – 17:00
Kieran McDonald is looking to engineer Accies’ first home league win of the season when they host Ayr United on Saturday.
The left-back has started eight games so far this season, as he balances his new starting berth with a part-time job as an engineer and the birth of his second child.
“This is my full-time job obviously, I just do wee bits on the side with my dad through my work,” Kieran told the press. “I do that on my day off and sometimes when we get a wee chance after training I can go in for a few hours.”
“I’ve actually just had a wee boy,” he beamed. “He’s coming up for five months – so I’ve got absolutely zero time for myself now! I’m occupied with him.
“[He’s called] Kreed. Don’t ask if it’s the boxer, that’s what I keep getting asked!
“To be fair, he’s not too bad at night-time. The missus gets up with him during the night, then I’m the early one. I get up with him about 6.30am, 7am.
“He’s full of life in the morning, so he’s non-stop. Couldn’t ask for a better wee boy honestly, it’s been amazing.”
Back on the pitch, the 28-year-old is looking to help Accies back up the table in his second spell at the club. His next task is against manager-less Ayr, who beat Dunfermline Athletic last weekend.
“We’ve played them before in the League Cup. I thought we should have won that game to be honest with you.
“I think Ayr’s always been that kind of team that are hard to beat. They’re all quite big, experienced boys. We just need to find a way. In that last game, we couldn’t find a way in behind them. Hopefully we can find a way on Saturday and get a few by them.”
Stuart Taylor will be without Jamie Hamilton this weekend, after the centre-back saw red in the defeat to Arbroath, but Kieran is confident his side can cover for the youngster.
“Since I’ve been in here, I think big Jamie’s been brilliant. He’s very good, quite young as well, but he’s had a few games with Accies obviously.
“He’s a big miss but we’ve signed big Pops, the big boy from Hearts. He’s obviously experienced as well and looks decent in training. He’s a big boy, he knows what he wants to do and he can just fill in for Jamie.”
At 28-years-old, Kieran is one of the oldest heads in the dressing room – let alone the defence. He’s also ‘babysitting’ 18-year-old Luke Matheson, another new signing.
“He looks very good for his age. He just needs more confidence. I asked him the other day, how he was finding Scottish football.
“I think English football is a lot slower than Scottish football. He was playing a lot of under-23s quite a lot. It’s big difference coming from under-23s into playing first team football – especially up here. It’s a lot more physical and faster. He just needs to adjust to that.”
A win for Accies would see them leapfrog their visitors, potentially moving all the way up to 5th in a table that remains narrow – with only Inverness Caledonian Thistle unbeaten so far.
“The whole point of me coming here was to help the club get back up to the Premiership.
“That was my aim when I signed here, I want to be up at the top end of the league. That’s where a club like this should be. We just need to get the results and get ourselves back up.”