Goalkeeper Luke Southwood says he is delighted to have been handed his Hamilton chance after the Reading loanee waited patiently for his debut.

An intense swansong occurred for the 21-year-old as Brian Rice fielded him against Rangers. He held his own but couldn’t stop defeat as Accies fell to a 3-1 deficit.

Reading loanee Southwood impressed during Hamilton swansong. (Photo by Alex Morton – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Southwood’s just happy to be playing though after waiting patiently for his chance.

He told the Daily Record (page 76, 30/11/19): “I knew I’d have to be patient and wait for my time but I was confident the manager would have the trust in me to throw me in when he did.”

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“A game like Sunday was an experience I wouldn’t be able to replace. It was another chance to prove myself, another stepping stone.”

Southwood had another Hamilton chance against Livingston

Rice was obviously convinced by what he saw from Southwood during the Gers match as he fielded him against Livingston on Saturday. It was a dire game by all accounts, but Southwood will walk away smiling.

A good shift. (Photo by Robert Cianflone – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

He kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 away draw against Livingston. It’s a point that gives Accies some distance on bottom six rivals like Hearts, St Mirren and St Johnstone, who all lost this weekend.

So far Southwood hasn’t did anything to suggest Owain Fon Williams should replace him in goals. For now, it looks as if the number one shirt is his to lose.

He’ll be happy with that scenario after a lengthy wait to shine.

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