Hamilton Academical have signed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Joe Hilton and former striker Andy Ryan ahead of the cinch Championship season.

Brian Rice’s side are gearing up for a term in Scotland’s second tier following relegation from the Premiership last campaign. They have signed goalkeeper Hilton from Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan deal, a player highly-rated by the English Championship club. Hilton has trained with Hamilton over the past few weeks.

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Ryan has returned while Hilton arrives from Blackburn Rovers. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Ryan – a product of the Accies academy – rejoins the club following a prolific season with Stirling Albion. Rice said: “We are thrilled to have Andy back with us.

“He is a player with a lot of lower league experience which can benefit us. I think to hit double figures in a stop-start campaign is a testament to the talent of the player and we look forward to seeing the quality he will add to the squad.”

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