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Taylor relishing Scottish Cup opportunity

By Nickolas McInally

Hamilton Accies Head Coach Stuart Taylor has revealed he is looking forward to being involved in the Scottish Cup once again. 

Taylor leads his Accies side to Ayrshire to face Auchinleck Talbot in the third round of the competition. 

The 46-year-old said: It has been a while for a Scottish Cup tie for myself so it will be nice to get back in and about that atmosphere that comes with these games. It is going to be noisy, with that cup atmosphere around it so we are looking forward to it.

“These are ties which I think most players thrive on, but I think when you get there and get the warm-up done the occasion takes care of itself and you focus on playing the game that’s in front of you.”

Taylor also revealed the side have been well scouted ahead of the match.

He said: “We have had some of our guys go and see them play. We have feedback on what they saw and what they expect. We never go into a game without knowledge of the opposition, so we have been working hard in that aspect.”

The gaffer also insisted that the opposition will be shown all the respect they deserve. 

He said: “There will be absolutely no disrespect from us in anyway. As a club we think the junior leagues are a fantastic level. In the past we have used the junior leagues to give our younger players some valuable experience. 

“Marley has been out on loan last year, Kyle Munro the year before and we have a couple of lads playing at that level now. I think it is one that we see as being a fantastic asset in developing players.”

Ahead of the match Taylor also provided an injury update on his squad. 

He said: “The squad is getting stronger, the only new injury we have picked up is Adam McGowan went down yesterday. However, we hope that won’t be a bad one because he has a development plan where we are trying to get him in and around the first team as much as possible.”

“Jamie completed another set of tests yesterday and he is fine on that, he has passed all of them and will come back into training today (Wednesday). I think Saturday might be just a bit too soon for him. 

“He has a rehabilitation programme to follow to make sure we keep building him up and making him stronger and fitter gradually.”

Tickets for today’s match against Auchinleck are available on a pay-at-the-gate basis priced at £12 for adults and £6 for kids. English notes will not be accepted. 

(Pic courtesy of Kenny Ramsay)

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