Evening Times

Championsh­ip bosses tracking Accies loan ace

- By BERT MITCHELL

HAMILTON risk losing out on securing on-loan striker Mickael AntoineCur­ier until the end of the season with English Championsh­ip sides Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town both tracking the Guadeloupe internatio­nal.

The 26-year-old bagged his fourth goal in 10 appearance­s for Accies in last week’s battling 1-1 draw at St Johnstone and his powerful front-line performanc­es have caught the attention of Forest boss Billy Davies and Ipswich gaffer Roy Keane.

Accies boss Billy Reid has entered talks with Dundee counterpar­t Jocky Scott over extending the striker’s stay until the end of the season, but he could yet lose out.

Curier, however, played down the speculatio­n and vowed to concentrat­e on turning in a match-winning performanc­e against Hearts in tomorrow’s 12.45pm kick-off.

He said: “It is all just talk and although it may be flattering, my concentrat­ion is totally on Hamilton and our next game with Hearts.

“I have really enjoyed my spell at Accies and I want to continue to do my best for them.

“We know that will be tough as Hearts will have been lifted by their win over Kilmarnock, but it is vital we start winning at home.

“I think we have three home games in our last five games before my loan spell is up and I just want to do my best to help us get as many points on the board as we can before then.”

Curier added: “But I know that manager Billy Reid has spoken with Jocky Scott and we will see what happens there.

“For me I am just enjoying playing in the SPL again.”

Of course while Curier can count Nottingham Forest as a former club, he also had a one-season spell at Hibs, which will undoubtedl­y make him a target for the Jambos’ boo boys at New Douglas Park tomorrow.

However, the imposing target man says he is happy to run the gauntlet of the Gorgie faithful.

Curier said: “It is all just a bit of banter with the Hearts fans and it’s not a problem.

“To be honest that kind of thing only serves to get you more motivated so I am looking forward to it.

“If we win we will go level with Hearts, so that is another big incentive.

“Although Hearts won against Kilmarnock last week they have not had a good season so far and maybe their confidence will be a bit low.

“If we can get in front, that would make it tough for them, so we’ll se what happens.

“But they still have a lot of the squad who helped them finish third last season so we are under no illusions as to how tough this is going to be.”

 ??  ?? Billy Reid: in loan deal talks
Billy Reid: in loan deal talks
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Mickael Antoine-Curier is enjoying the SPL

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