JOHN RANKIN has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Hamilton Accies.

The ex-Dundee United and Hibs star has been working at the Lanarkshire club since December 2021.

However, following the departure of Stuart Taylor last week, Hamilton have moved to get a new No.1 in place, with Rankin taking over the reins.

Chairman Allan Maitland said: “We are delighted to confirm John. As a person he possesses all the qualities which were looking for to take the club forward.

“From his day to day working on the training pitch you can see he has a real desire for developing young players and passing his knowledge and understanding of the game on to others.”

Rankin commented: “I am privileged to sit here as the club’s new Head Coach. Speaking with Allan and the Board I believe that our vision for this football club is very much aligned.

“The fitness levels of the squad are very high but we want to keep improving between now and the Dundee game (9th July) and I am looking forward to getting the new season underway.”