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Johnston enjoying life at Accies

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Hamilton Academical have always been well known for their fantastic youth set up with great young players always coming through the ranks even of recent times such as James McCarthy, James McArthur and Brian Easdon three players who all left the Accies to move down South and play.

With high such a good academy comes high expectations and so far this season their Under 20's are certainly living up to those expectations with a very talented squad which includes Midfielder Craig Johnston who I recently caught up with and had a chance to ask a good few questions.

Craig has played football all his life and played for a few clubs throughout his time only moving to Hamilton a few years ago from Queens Park, since joining he has made a huge impact and made some really great performances for the Accies, Craig runs defenders raged with his pace and skill and is really enjoying playing in the Under 20's league where he regularly gets a start with Hamilton who sit second in the league just 3 points behind leaders Inverness.


1. What teams have you played for in your youth career?

Aberdeen, Celtic, Queens Park been on trial at Everton & Fulham for experience when I was 15


2. What footballer do you idolize and why?

Ronaldo. I think he's just the complete footballer has everything anyone would want & for that reason a look up to him.


3. Who has been your favorite coach to play under?

My Queens Park coach Gerry & Andy Gilmartin. Frankie McCavoy is up there with the best though as well.


4. How do you thing you have developed since joining Hamilton?

I think I've learned a lot since joining about the game, have a better positional sense and am fitter.


5. What is your favorite goal that you have scored?

Cup final for the school team to win it never forget it scored 3 in 5 minutes to make us go 1 ahead.


6. What has been your favorite moment in football? Personally or otherwise?

Playing for Scotland on Sky in the Victory Shield when the national anthem comes on the feeling you get is something else you cant describe.


7. If you could give any advice to young players reading this who want to make it in football as a career what would you tell them?

Never give up footballs full of ups & downs when times get tough dont feel sorry for yourself go try harder and be better. Dont let anyone tell you you're not good enough.

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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