Hamilton boss Billy Reid rues finishing against Rangers

Dougie Imrie watches his penalty saved by Allan McGregor
Imrie missed an early penalty for Accies in the defeat by Rangers

Hamilton boss Billy Reid was left ruing his side's finishing after they narrowly lost 1-0 to Rangers.

The league's bottom club missed several scoring chances, including a penalty, as they slipped to another defeat.

"In terms of possession Rangers were chasing shadows at times," Reid told BBC Scotland.

"You have to take your chances at this level aganst a team like Rangers. I felt we lacked a bit of quality in the final third."

The defeat leaves Accies 12 points adrift at the bottom of the SPL table with six games left to play.

For spells during the meeting at New Douglas Park, Accies outplayed the reigning champions.

And, although that pleased Reid, he was frustrated at his team's lack of bite up front.

"This just sums up our season, we're on top, we miss a penalty and they curl in a free-kick on the stroke of half-time," he said.

"In terms of effort and how they played - that's how I want them to play.

"We only really tested Allan McGregor once. But we can't go out and buy forwards of the ilk that Celtic and Rangers can, and those players make a difference.

"How this team has only won two games this season is, for me, quite incredible.

"As a group they can't give me any more but we've come up short again."

Meanwhile, Accies confirmed before the match that they had cancelled the contract of Argantinian forward Damian Casalinuovo with immediate effect.

Portuguese winger Marco Paixiao has also been told that his contract will not be renewed next term.

Accies chairman Ronnie MacDonald said: "I don't think these player exits are dramatic, but they'll certainly be followed by other non-achievers.

"We've arrived at the SPL almost by accident and we maybe shouldn't be here.

"I'm looking forward to the change and going back to our roots in the First Division. We haven't been good enough this year."

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