Scottish Premier League: Mickael Antoine-Curier backing Hamilton to stay up
By James Pearson (@SportsPeo)
Last Updated: 17/07/14 12:07pm
Hamilton Academical striker Mickael Antoine-Curier is backing the Scottish Premier League new-boys to retain their top-flight place.
The Accies are back in the big time following a three-year absence courtesy of a memorable two-legged playoff success over Hibernian in May.
We’ve waited a while to win promotion back to Scotland’s top flight. I know what we’re capable of. The boss (Alex Neil) is up for it. We don’t want to go back down.
Antoine-Curier, who has signed a one-year deal to remain at New Douglas Park, fully believes Alex Neil’s squad has the talent to cause a stir in the SPL.
The 31-year-old striker goes into the new campaign full of confidence after scoring 13 goals in 2013/14, including four in the 10-2 win over Greenock Morton on the final day of last season.
“I’m definitely looking forward to being back in the Scottish Premiership playing against the likes of Celtic, Motherwell and Aberdeen, although obviously Rangers aren’t there,” Antoine-Curier, who scored three in a pre-season friendly against Dumbarton, told Sky Sports.
“It’s a top league with excellent teams. Hopefully we can have a positive season following an excellent year in the Championship. The question will be asked can we do it in the SPL?
“For my part I’ll be doing my best on the pitch. Hopefully I’ll be starting and I’ll be aiming to score as many as possible so we can do our best in the table.
“We’ve waited a while to win promotion back to Scotland’s top flight. I know what we’re capable of. The boss (Alex Neil) is up for it. We don’t want to go back down.
“Winning promotion was special. The manner in which we won is something that’s hard to describe. We want to build on last season’s success, starting next month.”