Airdrieonians v Hamilton Academical preview

26th July 2013

It's the start of a new season and Airdrieonians boss Jimmy Boyle insists his side are ready to go.

The Diamonds kick-off the new campaign at home to Hamilton Accies in the first round of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup.

Excited fans are looking forward to Airdrie playing as 'Onians for the first time in more than 11 years.

And gaffer Boyle wants his team to mark the occasion by putting on a positive display.

He said: "We will be fine come Saturday. We will be ready to go. We know we are playing against a full-time team.

"But we can definitely go out there and cause them a lot of problems if we produce what I've seen in pre-season.

"Hamilton will start as favourites. We've had them watched and they are very similar to last season in that they haven't changed a lot.

"We have changed a lot and that could prove to be the difference.

"We are looking for a really good performance and I think it will be a good game.

"We're getting fitter, stronger and sharper and heading in the right direction.

"There is a little bit of history for the club this weekend. I'm delighted with the revival of the Airdrieonians name and I know the fans are excited about everything.

"There will be an extra onus on the game because of that and also because of the local rivalry."

Boyle hasn't finished in terms of squad recruitment and is in the market for a left-back as well as hoping to strengthen in another couple of departments.

He added: "We definitely need to strengthen in the left-back area. Everybody knows that and it's not something we haven't spoke about.

"We also want to improve the depth of the squad by adding a couple more and we're having a look to see what is out there.

"We have spoken to one or two clubs and asked them to let us know which trialists they are letting go. It could be that we can offer them something."

Airdrie have made seven summer signings with Colin Stewart, Darren McCormack, Mick O'Byrne, Martin Hardie, David Sinclair, Lewis Coult and Jim Lister all expected to play.

But striker John Boyle is out indefinitely with a knee injury which requires surgery.

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