Ac­cies boss Reid says Ross was re­leased due to ‘in­com­pat­i­bil­ity’

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HAMIL­Ton man­ager billy reid in­sists in­com­pat­i­bil­ity was the only rea­son be­hind Jack ross leav­ing the club af­ter play­ing only two games.

The full-back ar­rived at new dou­glas Park in the sum­mer on a one-year deal af­ter be­ing re­leased by Cly­des­dale bank Premier League ri­vals St Mir­ren. How­ever, the 34-year-old con­ceded two penal­ties on his de­but – a 4-0 de­feat at Aberdeen – and was then sub­sti­tuted in the 4-0 home loss to Hearts last Satur­day. ross was left out of the squad for the midweek Co-op­er­a­tive Cup de­feat by raith rovers at Starks Park and the club con­firmed he has been re­leased by mu­tual con­sent, along with Stu­art el­liot.

reid, pre­par­ing for the trip to face In­ver­ness in the SPL to­day, in­sisted there was noth­ing un­to­ward about the de­ci­sion.

“Jack came in to see me and said he was find­ing it dif­fi­cult to fit in to the sys­tem and there is no point in keep­ing a player who doesn’t fit the sys­tem,” he ex­plained.

“I’m sure he will hold his hands up and say that he didn’t do well in his two games he played for us. but there are no hard feel­ings and no fall-out and I’m sure Jack will say the same.

“His leav­ing does leave us short at the back, he is an ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender and we haven’t got a lot of them fit at the moment. but he goes with our best wishes.”

Terry butcher, the In­ver­ness man­ager, in­tends to cap­i­talise on reid’s de­fen- sive woes to­day and has backed Adam rooney and eric od­hi­ambo to con­tinue their re­cent goalscor­ing form.

rooney has grabbed four goals in the vic­to­ries over dundee United and Peter­head, with od­hi­ambo play­ing his part with two as­sists. butcher be­lieves the pair can be a force to be reck­oned with in the Cly­des­dale bank Premier League.

“They formed a good part­ner­ship last sea­son and they’ve started the cam­paign well, and that’s great,” butcher said.

“eric has got su­perb abil­ity, turns and holds the ball up well and has an eye for a pass. Then Adam has a great eye for goal. There’s no doubt­ing that ev­ery time he hits the ball you think he’s go­ing to score. Adam’s a great player and start­ing to blos­som into a top-class striker and we’re ob­vi­ously very happy with that.”

Jack ross: re­leased af­ter two games

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