Hamilton Accies: Antons Kurakins told he can leave Premiership club

Hamilton Accies left-back Antons Kurakins (top) in action against Edinburgh City
Antons Kurakins (top) has played five of Accies' seven games this season

Latvia left-back Antons Kurakins has been told he is surplus to requirements at Hamilton Academical.

The 26-year-old has started five of Accies' seven games this season.

But player/manager Martin Canning said: "I said to Anton that he can look for a new club.

"I don't see him featuring enough this season for us to justify staying, so we have had the conversation. It is up to his agent and club to discuss things to see where it goes from there."

Kurakins, who previously played for Brechin City and Stranraer while on loan from Celtic, joined Hamilton on a two-year contract in July 2015 after spell back in his homeland with Ventspils.

The Latvian, who has seven caps for his country, made 38 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side last season.

However, his last appearance came in a disappointing home defeat by Championship outfit Greenock Morton in the Scottish League Cup when he was substituted through injury after only 33 minutes.

"I said to him that I was probably looking to bring in another left-back and I have young Scott McMann coming through and there was no point in having three," added Canning.

"So whether I get that or not, I will wait and see, but I just feel consistency-wise he was up and down a lot and, for us to get better, it was an area of the park I was looking to improve on.

"It was in fairness to him as well. The last thing he wants as an international player is to not play."

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