Accies manager addresses reported Celtic interest in his top young talent Jamie Hamilton

By David Walton

January 12, 2022

Hamilton Academical manager Stuart Taylor has rubbished the speculation surrounding his young talent Jamie Hamilton after Celtic and others were linked with the player.

The Hoops were yesterday named along with the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle, and Brentford as the clubs keen to secure the player’s signature [TEAMtalk].

Hamilton came through the Accies academy and already has plenty of Premiership experience to his name. He was part of the side that beat Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox back in 2020. Now playing on a weekly basis in the Championship, it appears that clubs are taking note of his progress.

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However, Taylor has admitted he hasn’t heard anything and appears to be more than a bit suspicious at the number of clubs said to be interested.

As quoted by the Daily Record, the Accies boss said: “Nobody has spoken to me directly, but that would be normal. Other clubs don’t always go to the manager. But I’ve certainly not spoken to Allan [Maitland, the club chairman] in the last 24 hours about outgoings. I do expect there will be interest in Jamie and I expect there will be interest in a lot of our players, especially the younger ones.

“Down south is more of a common market, if you want to call it that, where they want young players to go and work on.

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“But going on websites it’s very easy to punch in names of teams and players, and it goes under the category of what I’d call ‘pub chat’. Nobody can control it. A lot of the time people will go: let’s see how far this one spins.”

Jamie Hamilton to Celtic looks like a no-risk move

It’s difficult to see any reason why Celtic shouldn’t bother making a move here. Yes, there may be clubs up and down Great Britain potentially interested in the player, but he’s made fine progress since breaking into the Accies ranks in the 2019/20 campaign.

To have the first-team experience he has at the age of 19 is mightily impressive. There aren’t many teenagers in the entire country that can claim to have had the senior exposure Hamilton as had.

it’s also worth noting that the player’s contract is up in the summer of 2022. Now would be the time to take a look at him before other clubs start eyeing up a pre-contract move in the summer. If they haven’t done already of course.

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The youngster has also been included in recent Scotland U21 squads. There is genuine excitement about the kind of talent Hamilton could turn into.

That makes it logical for Celtic to try and look to do a deal now. When the player isn’t quite at the level needed to play regularly at Parkhead. The reason being that more attractive offers down south could crop up quickly. Signing him early in his career would halt him becoming much less affordable or even totally out of our price range in the future.

The coming weeks will certainly see us keep a keen eye on this one.

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