Gor­don re­fuses to let trans­fer links af­fect Hamil­ton form

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - GRAEME MCGARRY

HAMIL­TON right back Ziggy Gor­don says that he isn’t let­ting spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture af­fect his abil­ity to per­form to his best for his club.

Gor­don is in the fi­nal year of his con­tract, with Not­ting­ham For­est the lat­est club to have been cred­ited with an in­ter­est in tak­ing him away from La­nark­shire.

He re­mains coy over his chances of stay­ing, and when asked if this might be his fi­nal sea­son at New Dou­glas Park, he said: “I really don’t know.

“I don’t like to think about spec­u­la­tion. I only care about the Satur­day and pick­ing up three points be­cause it makes my week much bet­ter.

“I can’t really say right now. The club’s ob­vi­ously talk­ing to me and we’ve got a really open re­la­tion­ship so we’ll con­stantly talk. We’ll see what hap­pens.

“I don’t know much about the spec­u­la­tion, I know as much as any­one else. All I can do is work as hard as I can and hope­fully my best is good enough.

“You’ve seen in the past the boys that have left and the club hasn’t stood in their way, so I’m sure it will be the same for me. Re­gard­less, if I stay or if I don’t, the club will be there for me and shake my hand which­ever route I de­cide to take.

“When you’re at this club, you’re al­ways go­ing to get spec­u­la­tion be­cause of the boys who have moved on. We’re lucky to have a club that gives you an op­por­tu­nity when you are so young, so that when you’re turn­ing 22 or 23 you’re go­ing to have spec­u­la­tion be­cause you’ve had so many games.

“There’s a great ethos here. We talk about my­self, Ali Craw­ford and Grant Gille­spie, but there’s young boys com­ing through that peo­ple prob­a­bly haven’t seen yet and there’s a real bright fu­ture here.

“If you look at the un­der-20s, they’re top of the league by about four or five points, and that’s not a shock to any­one at this club.

“When we go off to pas­tures new, there will be a new brand of kids who are as ex­cit­ing, and prob­a­bly bet­ter!”

For the mo­ment, Gor­don is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to be a role model to the young play­ers fol­low­ing in his stead – even though he’s only 22 him­self.

“Tech­ni­cally, I think I’m a young boy but I guess I’m a sea­soned pro now. I sup­pose when you look about 30, then peo­ple might think you are.”

FO­CUSED: Ziggy Gor­don says that he is look­ing at do­ing his best for Hamil­ton, de­spite ru­mours about his fu­ture

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