This­tle’s trip to Hamil­ton is of great sig­nif­i­cance to sea­son, says Amoo

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A TRIP to New Dou­glas Park to face Hamil­ton might not pos­sess the glam­our of a visit from Celtic, but there is lit­tle doubt which game car­ries greater sig­nif­i­cance for Partick This­tle.

A de­feat in La­nark­shire to­day would see Hamil­ton leapfrog the Firhill side, but with 11th-placed Kil­marnock host­ing Celtic, a win could po­ten­tially leave them eight points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion play-off spot.

It would also pro­pel Alan Archibald’s men to­wards the top-six with three games re­main­ing be­fore the split, but ac­cord­ing to winger David Amoo, their con­cen­tra­tion is on the chal­lenge at hand this af­ter­noon.

“I’d prob­a­bly say this is the most im­por­tant game out of the last few we’ve had,” he said.

“Fin­gers crossed we can get a good re­sult.

“When you play Aberdeen, Hearts or Celtic they are tough games but you’re prob­a­bly not ex­pected to win.

“We might not be ex­pected to win the next three, but we’ve def­i­nitely got to put our­selves in a good po­si­tion.”

Amoo has been pleas­antly sur­prised by the qual­ity of Scot­tish foot­ball since his ar­rival from Carlisle United in the sum­mer, and in his opin­ion, the split adds an­other el­e­ment of ex­cite­ment.

“It’s a very com­pet­i­tive league from the top down,” he said.

“Ev­ery team has got some­thing to play for, and the race for the top six is ex­tremely tight.

“I knew about the split vaguely be­fore I came here. I’d say it’s def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent, I guess there aren’t many leagues like that, and I reckon it works.

“It makes it more ex­cit­ing, be­cause Aberdeen can still play Celtic and take points from them to win the league.

“It’s pos­si­ble for us to get into that top six, but that’s a moun­tain to climb and a lot of games to win.”

If Amoo can keep up his form of late then he hopes to be re­warded with an ex­tended stay in Mary­hill.

He said: “My con­tract is up in the sum­mer, so we’ll see how it goes, I’m play­ing to im­press.

“I’m en­joy­ing it, the play­ers and staff have been great with me so hope­fully I can work hard and do enough.

“It maybe took me a lit­tle bit longer than most to get my feet wet, but in the last few months I’ve re­ally set­tled in I think.”

PRI­OR­ITY: Amoo says that the match at Hamil­ton to­day is more im­por­tant than last week’s visit by Celtic

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