Canning awaits a fired-up Hearts
MARTIN CANNING expects his Hamilton side will face a Hearts team seeking to prove a point this weekend.
Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis kept Hearts at bay in a goalless draw at Murrayfield last Saturday as Craig Levein made his Ladbrokes Premiership return as manager.
With Levein having taken over from caretaker head coach Jon Daly just two weeks ago, Canning anticipates the Tynecastle players will arrive at New Douglas Park as men on a mission to impress their new manager.
“I watched them on Saturday – which will be the judge for us given it was Levein’s first game – and they were good,” Canning said.
“They felt their way into the game and were probably the better team for the last hour. We know it will be a difficult game.
“Craig with his experience will galvanise the team pretty quickly, get them doing what he wants them to do and it will be a difficult game for us.
“But it is one we know we can compete in if everyone works as hard as they have been.
“They will all be eager to impress a new manager, especially someone with Craig’s stature. All the players will want to be in the team so from the start I would imagine they will be right at it.
“It will be difficult but it’s one I believe we can take something from.”
Canning is still waiting for a visa to come through for new signing Antonio Rojano, from Argentina, but believes it is only a matter of time until the formalities are completed.
“Something came through the other day, so I think it will be done in seven to 10 days,” he said. “I don’t see any hiccups, it’s just a lengthy process.”
Although the striker has been struggling with a quad problem, Canning commended his level of training.
“His attitude has been fantastic, he is working away, really hard,” he said.