He’s made scoring against Rangers a regular occurrence for himself this season- but Lewis Smith wants more big moments at boyhood club Hamilton.

The midfielder is preparing for today’s Lanarkshire derby with Motherwell. After St Mirren v Hearts was postponed last night, a win for Smith’s Accies could move them four clear of bottom and out of the relegation zone.

A win could provide Hamilton with a relegation boost. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

So far this term, the 19-year-old has five goals and three assists from 25 games. Two of those goals have came against Rangers and Smith is out to get more big breaks like this against other SPFL foes.

Smith has also praised the work of George Cairns, Hamilton’s Academy Director, who he credits with helping him reach the first-team and moments like scoring against some of the SPFL’s best.


“Rangers aren’t a bad team to have a knack of scoring against are they,” grinned Smith. “Hopefully I can score against other teams as well. The gaffer’s always been good with me.

Lewis Smith meets the media ahead of Hamilton’s match with Motherwell. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“He told me that I’d get my chance and if I took it I’d stay in the team. He has been true to his word so credit to him. We’re all very close and George Cairns has been great with us, he’s been here since I joined when I was about nine.

“I’m really close to him and if I’m struggling he’ll take me to the side and have a word. He’s really good with everyone, not just the young ones. George helps everyone, he’s a really big character in the club and he’s helped me personally.

“We look forward to every game but we know how much derby games mean to the fans and everyone surrounding the club. It gives us the extra incentive to go and win it but obviously we don’t need an extra incentive with the position we’re in.”

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