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Celt McGinn out to make amends for Hibs defeat

Niall McGinn says he is desperate to right his part in Celtic's home loss to Hibernian on Wednesday, which left the Hoops 10 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

Northern Ireland international McGinn, signed from Derry City last January, has been one of the pluses for the Parkhead club this season and has started the last three games after impressing in previous appearances off the bench for Tony Mowbray's side.

However, the 22-year-old was replaced by Ki Sung-Yueng on the hour mark against Hibs, moments after Easter Road keeper Graeme Smith had prevented him putting Celtic back into the lead after Anthony Stokes had cancelled out Marc-Antoine Fortune's early opener for Celtic.

Hibs scored a breakaway winner seconds from the end through substitute Danny Galbraith to leave Celtic boss Mowbray under some pressure ahead of Saturday's SPL match against Hamilton Academical at New Douglas Park.


McGinn said he is keeping his fingers crossed that he gets another start for Celtic.

He said: "We had chances to tie the game up against Hibs, and I had a chance myself that I should have scored.

"It was a great knockdown from Georgios Samaras but it was a good save from their keeper, he was in the right place at the right time.

"I was disappointed having to come off, even though I know I didn't play well.

"Thankfully, we will get the chance to put things right against Hamilton on Saturday.

"But hopefully I haven't lost my chance in the team."

Meanwhile, Hamilton manager Billy Reid is hoping for an improvement after being held to a goalless draw by Kilmarnock in midweek.

"We were disappointed," he said. "We played OK in the first half without really creating anything.

"I thought we were, by far, the better side but we didn't work the goalkeeper enough and we ran out of gas in the second half.

"I couldn't argue about a point, it was a fair result.

"Tuesday's game wasn't like us. I look for reasons, I don't like to look for excuses, and I think the reason was that the number of games had caught up on us a bit."

The Accies boss confirmed defender Marvin Andrews has been released by the club.

Reid said: "He is a fantastic guy, a good professional, and was good to have about the place.

"But he just wasn't for us in the SPL and Marvin leaves with our best wishes."