Hamilton forward Dougie Imrie completes St Mirren switch

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland

Hamilton Academical winger Dougie Imrie has completed his transfer to Scottish Premier League side St Mirren after Dundee United withdrew their interest.

The Buddies agreed a fee of £35,000 for the 28-year-old, who could now face Celtic in the league on Saturday.

"It's good to be here and I'm raring to go. Everyone wants to be in the SPL and I'm no different," said Imrie.

United had an offer of £25,000 for the former Clyde forward rejected last week by the First Division club.

He had switched to Accies from Inverness Caledonian Thistle for a similar sum in February 2010.

Imrie added: "I'm hoping to get off to a good start against Celtic."

Manager Danny Lennon said: "I am absolutely delighted. He is a player that I have always admired.

"I must thank the board and Dougie will certainly improve us."

Imrie failed to prevent Accies' relegation from the SPL but will now return to the top-fight in Paisley instead of Tayside.

News of the Buddies' approach had emerged after St Mirren knocked the Division One side out of the Scottish Cup following Tuesday's 1-0 replay win at New Douglas Park.

He will be ineligible to play for Lennon's side in their fifth-round tie at home to First Division outfit Ross County.

Accies, who last week secured Wigan Athletic midfielder Danny Redmond on loan, already have a recent relationship with the Buddies.

Another 20-year-old, forward Jon McShane, was farmed out to Accies until the summer after coming on as a substitute in the initial Cup tie between the sides.

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