Imrie desperate to avoid pain of the drop

26 April 2011 09:00
Dougie Imrie is more determined than most to help Hamilton avoid the drop this season after witnessing first-hand the pain of relegation from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The winger was part of the Inverness team who lost their fight to remain in the top flight in May 2009 and knows all too well the devastation that follows. Hamilton's own survival bid took a blow when they were held to a draw by Aberdeen on Monday, leaving them nine points adrift of nearest rivals St Mirren ahead of next week's crunch clash between the two sides. Imrie said: "Until it's mathematically impossible for us to stay up, we've got to keep giving ourselves a fighting chance. We just don't want to go to St Mirren next week and lose or draw because that means they stay up and their fans will be celebrating and we will be down. "We don't want that to happen. I've had it before when I was at Inverness and it's not nice. It's not just the players who suffer, you've got to think about other people with other jobs, who have got families and kids to look after. "It's not nice being relegated and we have to see if we can pull ourselves out of this. Everyone has got to be fighting for the jersey, that's the situation we are in now."

Source: PA