Displays of passion are what makes football great, says Martin Canning

August 16 2017, 2.35pmUpdated: August 17 2017, 2.37pm
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Hamilton manager Martin Canning claims displays of passion are part of football’s attraction.

Canning will go up against Neil Lennon on Saturday after the Hibernian head coach sparked complaints for a goal celebration in his side’s 3-2 win at Ibrox.

Police dismissed the complaints, but it is understood that Scottish Football Association compliance officer Tony McGlennan is looking into Lennon’s actions after he briefly cupped his ears and raised a fist towards Rangers fans.

Lennon was the subject of abuse from the home support and Canning has also had to contend with shouts from the stands, mainly from some Hamilton fans before he kept them in the Ladbrokes Premiership for another season.

But the 35-year-old accepts that vocal criticism is here to stay.

“It does get frustrating at times when people don’t get behind the team, but that’s part of football and I totally understand it,” he said.

“If you see me at the side of a pitch on Saturday shouting like a maniac, and came and met me for a coffee on Monday, it’s a completely different person.

“I’m pretty sure some of the guys that stand up and shout things on a Saturday, if you met them in the street on Monday, it would be a completely different person you would meet.

“Football does that, it raises passions, and maybe makes you do things that in hindsight you would regret. That’s part of the game and it’s why we all love it.”

Accies secured three points against Dundee in their first home game of the season and Canning aims to build on the positivity.

“The one thing I would say about here is, we had a fans’ forum and an open training session and a couple of hundred turned up and everything was completely positive,” he said.

“So it’s the same as every other club. There’s a small minority that voice an opinion and they maybe won’t be happy.

“And hopefully we can turn those guys round as well, because you want them fully behind the club. Because generally these guys are really passionate about the place, they love the club, they love the team, they want to be winning every week, the same way we all do.”

Canning is hoping to bring some good news to supporters as he continues searching for new strikers.

“We had one or two that we were speaking to that have not come off over the last week or so,” he said.

“So we move on. We are speaking to three or four just now.”

Canning added: “You get young kids at top teams down south who would rather stay down in England and go on loan in League One or even League Two.

“So we have to convince these boys that this is a great platform to come up here. And it is, to go and play at Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Aberdeen, Hearts, they are fantastic stadiums and great experiences to have.”

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