Hamilton Accies academy director George Cairns says it’s ‘great’ to see players like Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur represent the club so well.

The Scottish Championship side are famed for bringing through bright prospects into their first-team – such as James McCarthy, Lewis Ferguson and Eamonn Brophy – before letting them go to bigger things. McArthur has long been one of the shining lights, having established himself at English Premier League level with Crystal Palace.

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Shining for Crystal Palace. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

He hit 300 appearances in England’s top flight before the international break while new Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has named him stand-in captain due to Luka Milivojevic’s absence. Cairns has taken note of McArthur’s achievement as the Accies academy product continues to shine.

Hamilton’s academy director told NTOF: “It’s a huge achievement for James. 300 appearances in the Premier League? That is fantastic. It’s absolutely phenomenal and what he has gone on to achieve down south has been excellent. You can only commend him  as he has done fantastically well.

“A new manager has come in and named him captain. It tells you the type of player he is that a new manager has come in and said ‘he’s a captain for me.’ It tells you the leaps and bounds he’s come on. It’s great to see guys come through our system and do well and James certainly has.

“But there’s guys scattered all over the place that represent our academy who have done extremely well.”

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