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Virtanen Loving Life at Accies

Miko Virtanen admitted he’s loving life at Hamilton as he aims to break into Stuart Taylor’s side in the coming weeks.

It’s been stop-start for the Finnish under-21 international, who signed permanently from Aberdeen in the summer. After a good run in the team a head knock forced him onto the sidelines, but he returned at the weekend off the bench against Dunfermline.

“I like it here, it’s been brilliant so far,” Miko beamed whilst speaking to the media. “The staff, the players, the whole club has been really welcoming towards me. I’m extremely glad with the decision I’ve made.

“It’s been a bit stop-start,” he did concede. “After my first week, Brian Rice left. Then we got the new gaffer in and then I scored in that game [against Hearts B] and had to come off. 

“I missed a couple of games because of that. It has been sort of getting going, then a little setback, then going again. That’s football. It’s never going to be all positive all the time. You have to have setbacks to work back from.”

However, the midfielder is confident that another win is just around the corner. 

“I thought we created a few good chances on Saturday against Dunfermline,” Miko said.

“It was a game where both teams were trying to break the confidence of the other team. I thought we did more than enough to get a goal, but it was important to get the clean sheet and then to have something to build on for next week. 

“The Ayr United game we dominated for most of it and then got countered twice and they scored twice. It was a bitter pill to take.”

“There’s not much wrong, I think. We’ve struggled to score a bit but it’s not like we’ve not had chances. Lewis Smith hit the post; Josh had a great chance – both against Dunfermline. 

“It’s things like that, it feels like when things aren’t going your way, it just doesn’t [drop]. If we’d started the season a bit better, those chances go in – and then the game is 2-0 and no is questioning anything! 

“That’s been the case, it’s just been a bit of bad luck as well. We do a lot of things right, but it might not show on the scoreboard. 

“We’re confident in what we’re doing on the training ground and how we approach the games. We feel that there’s been a massive improvement in the games that have gone by, so it’s just building on those games and the positives from them and trying to put it all together and get the win.”

Putting another three points isn’t Miko’s only aim. The Finn has represented his country at every age grade and now, too old for the under-21s, he wants to make his way into Markku Kanerva’s full squad.

“[Ilmari] Niskanen, who just signed for Dundee United, is in the national team. [Juhani] Ojala who’s just signed for Motherwell, the centre-back, he’s a Finnish international. 

“They play regularly in the Premiership now so it’s definitely not out of the picture. It’s something that I want to do with Hamilton – I want to be in the Premiership with Hamilton and see where that takes me. If it takes me to the Finnish national team, perfect.”

One opportunity to showcase his talent in the coming weeks is against his former side in the SPFL Trust Trophy, when Accies take on Aberdeen B on October 6th.

“I want to win the game! I don’t really care that I was there before. At the same time, once the game is over it will be nice to see them and have a chat with them, see how things are going. 

“I still keep in touch with quite a few of the younger lads there so it’ll be good to see how they’re getting on.”


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