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Hamilton v Arbroath: John Rankin says TV cameras add extra spice to tasty bottom of the table tussle

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Hamilton Accies boss John Rankin reckons having their Championship clash with Arbroath live on TV will add some extra spice to what is already a potentially defining match in the battle for survival at the foot of the table.Rock bottom Red Lichties come calling tonight, with Rankin’s men sitting just a point above them in the table.Accies know victory would not only put further distance between them and Dick Campbell’s side, it would see them climb above Cove Rangers into eighth place, with Cove not hosting high-flying Dundee until Saturday.Tickets for the clash have also been slashed to £5 to get a big crowd behind the hosts, and Rankin says the tussle being shown live on BBC Scotland will give the game an added edge.He said: “Arbroath are coming to our place in a good atmosphere for a Friday night game that is live on the TV.“I’m sure that will add a wee bit of extra spice to it for the players.

There’s big interest the game, which is fine, and it’s an experience the players should relish, but we have to stay focused on the game.“I think that is the most important thing and not getting taken away by anything else that is going on around us.“A good support is important for the players and all our fans want is for the players to be putting in maximum effort and determination.“Over the past two or three months, the fans have seen the energy and the effort levels from them and they have been enthused by that."We have to bring that same effort to the party and hopefully the fans bring their energy to help us along the way.”In recent weeks, Rankin has insisted he ‘doesn’t look at the league table’ and during that time Accies went on a five-game unbeaten run – until table-toppers Queen’s Park ended that on Saturday with a 4-1

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