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Rankin “loving” round the clock involvement as Accies coach

Assistant Coach John Rankin has revealed he is loving the round the clock nature of being involved in first-team football during the January transfer window. 

The former Dundee United and Hibs midfielder joined Stuart Taylor’s coaching staff at the beginning of December and has been involved in a recruitment process that has so far seen Daniel O’Reilly, Ellis Brown and Kai Kennedy join the club. 

Speaking on the window, Rankin said: “I think the transfer window is a busy time if you are involved with a football club. You get names thrown at you every day and you have to assess what they could bring to the squad of players we have. 

“Myself, the gaffer and Aaron our analyst have a lot of honest conversations all the time, about what different players can bring to the club. I’m loving that if I’m being honest if I’m not playing football, I am watching it, if I’m not watching it, I’m talking about it so to be involved like that is great.”

With our next game against Ayr United on the 29th January Rankin is aiming to use this time both on and off the training field to improve the side.

He said: “I think we would rather have a game to look forward to on Saturday. However, I think not having a game gives us a chance to work the lads a little harder and get a bit more information into them.

The new signings are still learning our system. Ellis is adapting and trying to find his feet, he has got a fantastic skill set and I think he can develop into a great player. 

“Dan is a leader; you can see on the pitch he is a great communicator and that was what we were hoping for when we brought him here. 

“Kai is a fantastic winger, one which will excite the supporters, his first intense training session was today, and it was great to have him involved.”

Having spent his entire career in midfield the 38-year-old hopes his experience and guidance can help the Accies midfielders in the coming weeks and months.

He said:I think it is natural, having played that position for as long as I did, I think you’re always going to watch how that midfield works. 

“Sometimes it might be telling a player to drop a couple of yards, sometimes it might be asking them to show for the ball, for me, it is all about how I can help the lads. When I joined the gaffer was very quick to praise the group of lads here, to their credit they have been very responsive to me in training.”

Despite defeat in our last match against Dunfermline, Rankin believes the side have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. 

He said: “Obviously Saturday was not the result we wanted. We spoke to the lads at half-time and when they came out in the second it was an encouraging performance, they were doing a lot of positive things which we can take from it.

I think today’s session was great, we had a real high intensity and looked really sharp. You reflect on the month of December, and I think there was a lot of positives from it. 

“The game against Inverness was a standout, that feeling coming back on the bus with three points was great.”

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