Hamilton could be set for a relationship with Burnley and Nottingham Forest if Accies boss Brian Rice’s comments are anything to by.
The Scotsman travelled south to watch the Clarets U23 squad take on Nottingham Forest and then went to see Blackburn v Tottenham at the same level. Whilst he was there, the Hamilton manager had a chat with old friend Sean Dyche.
Burnley’s manager and Rice go way back as they were teammates at Nottingham Forest during the late 1980s and early 90s.
Rice has said he travelled south to scout out potential players for loan moves in Jnauary.
He told the Daily Record (Page 51, 25/09/19): “I went down to take in the game because I knew there were a couple of players who might be available in January on loan from either team.
“It was also a good time to catch up with Sean and we got a good chat and I got a look around their new training ground. I’ve known Sean for a long time.”
Loan moves for Burnley and Forest youngsters seems viable
Hamilton, judging by Rice’s comments, could move for talent from both the Premier League and Championship sides.
The Accies boss has connections to both clubs. Dyche is a friend of his whilst Rice is a well knows figure around the City Ground, having played 92 times for Forest.
Burnley and Nottingham Forest played out a 1-1 draw in front of the Hamilton boss. It was a game the Turf Moor side should have won perhaps, with goalscorer Ali Koiki missing a penalty late on.
It definitely seems plausible that Hamilton could build bridges with both Burnley and Forest. Both clubs have youngsters in need of first-team experience, and with the Rice connection, they could use Hamilton as a potential destination.
Don’t be surprised to see any Turf Moor or City Ground kids rock up in South Lanarkshire over the winter.