Can­ning praises ‘calmer’ Im­rie for adding goal threat to his industry

The Herald - Sport - - SPFL PREMIERSHIP - GRAEME MCGARRY

GPS, or Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem, is a tech­nol­ogy that has been em­braced by many top-flight clubs to track the move­ment and work-rate of their play­ers.

When it comes to the statis­tics pro­duced by this sys­tem at the end of a game, Hamil­ton man­ager Martin Can­ning says that one of his play­ers is al­ways at the top of the list when it comes to dis­tance run – Dougie Im­rie.

In foot­balling terms though, if we look at a dif­fer­ent GPS statis­tic – Im­rie’s ‘goals per sea­son’ – then the re­sults are some­what dis­ap­point­ing in com­par­i­son.

How­ever, in re­cent weeks Im­rie has emerged as a a pro­lific scorer on Hamil­ton’s right flank, and Can­ning be­lieves it may be down to the 32-yearold adding com­po­sure to his al­ready un­doubted industry.

“Dougie’s been great,” Can­ning said. “He’s been do­ing noth­ing dif­fer­ent other than scor­ing goals, which al­ways gets you the head­lines.

“He puts in the same work-rate ev­ery week, whether he scores or not. But when he gets the goals he gets the plau­dits — and guys like him de­serve it be­cause they work their socks off ev­ery sin­gle game.

“Long may Dougie’s scor­ing run con­tinue. He’s added a lit­tle bit of com­po­sure. I think he’s mak­ing good de­ci­sions on the ball.

“Maybe at times in the past he was a bit rushed with what he did. But now I think he’s calmer and more com­posed.

“He’s got con­fi­dence and be­lief, he’s slow­ing things right down and it’s work­ing out very well for him.

“It’s mak­ing him look a bet­ter player, es­pe­cially when you ally all of that to the com­mit­ment he gives the team. The job he does for the team is ex­cep­tional.”

The high­est goal tally that Im­rie has ever reached in a sea­son is just five, but with four to his name al­ready this term, he is surely on course to break that record.

Can­ning added: “I think he’ll be tak­ing a bit of stick if he doesn’t make it now! If he can go on and break his old record then it will be ter­rific for all con­cerned.”

Can­ning re­vealed that the club won’t be ap­peal­ing the red card shown to de­fender Lu­cas Tagli­api­etra in Satur­day’s draw at Partick This­tle, even though he doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily agree with the de­ci­sion.

“I thought about ap­peal­ing and then I thought I wouldn’t be suc­cess­ful be­cause it wasn’t a clear and ob­vi­ous mis­take.

“It hap­pens and hope­fully it evens it­self out over the course of the sea­son.”

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