Hamilton put up a valiant fight but were eventually overwhelmed by Rangers in South Lanarkshire, losing 3-1.
Ryan Jack put the away side ahead after six minutes before a quickfire response from Lewis Smith lifted Accies and leveled the match.
A Ryan Kent wondergoal put Rangers back in front and Brian Rice’s side couldn’t get back on level terms again. Kent added a third for Rangers in the dying minutes. Accies sit 11th after this result.
Here are three things we learned.
Hamilton does well against Rangers veteran Defoe
The morning started brightly for teenager Jamie Hamilton, with Accies announcing the 17-year-old has signed a new deal until 2022 with the club.
📝 Done Deal for Lewis/Hamiltonhttps://t.co/akPhT7HETA
— Hamilton Accies FC (@acciesfc) November 24, 2019
His first task following this news was dealing with the lethal Jermain Defoe, who presented the toughest test of Hamilton’s career to date.
Whilst a bit of experience caught the youngster out for the first goal, overall he was brilliant against the former Premier League talisman. He neutralised him for most of the game and showed why Accies have tied him down to a long-term deal.
Rice handed 21-year-old keeper Luke Southwood his debut against Rangers, a baptism of fire the youngster. He has been reduced to reserve appearances since his move from Reading.
It didn’t faze him though as the keeper performed brilliantly in place of Owain Fon Williams. His reflexes were good, a few smart stops were made and he was brave with his distribution and handling.
Fon Williams may have a tough task to earn the number one spot after Southwood’s impressive debut.
Accies need to end home dominance
Hamilton’s chances of winning a match like this are always going to be slim, but they struggle against the Ibrox side more than most.
The away side have won 22 of the last 23 games on Hamilton’s home turf. Accies have also failed to beat Rangers at home since 1938.
Whilst the odds will always be stacked against them, not beating one team at home for 81 years is quite the curse. With budgets and playing staff taken into account though, it’s hard to imagine that record being broken anytime soon.