Hamilton head coach Brian Rice has said that illness forced Jamie Hamilton off the pitch at the weekend.

The youngster has enjoyed some great times in the last few weeks. He was recently down at the Brighton training with their first-team as Graham Potter’s side assessed the Accies prospect’s talent.

Brighton had a look at Hamilton. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Off the back of that, the 17-year-old played his part in Hamilton’s brilliant 1-0 win away to Rangers, their second Ibrox success in three years. There was more joy for Hamilton at the weekend with a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock but their promising defender couldn’t last the whole match.

He was subbed after 21 minutes and Rice has commended him for bravery. The Accies boss says illness forced the teenager off, who was mature enough to wave the white flag.

“Jamie Hamilton has swollen glands or something,” Rice confirmed post-match. “He was touch and go and did a test before the match and felt okay. Then with ten or fifteen minutes into the game I could see that he wasn’t right.

“He had done a couple of things that I know he wouldn’t normally do. The young kid was brave enough to hold his hands up. So I think that it’s swollen glands or something.

Jamie Hamilton had to be subbed

Jamie Hamilton had to be subbed. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“This week has been absolutely brilliant for us, we’ve done the right things, trained properly and performed properly.”

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