Hearts coach becomes Hamilton assistant manager after offer “he couldn’t refuse”

Hearts U18 head coach John Rankin has left the Jambos to take on the role of assistant manager for Hamilton Accies.

New Douglas Park head coach Stuart Taylor was on the hunt for a new number two after Guillaume Beuzelin left last month.

Rankin, 38, worked as the boss of the Hearts youth team, but is leaving the Tynecastle club to take a leadership role at Accies.

Former Scotland international Steven Naismith has taken over the role of Rankin at Hearts until the end of the season.

A former midfielder, Rankin has played with Ross County, Inverness, Dundee United, Hibs Falkirk, Queen of the South and Clyde during a successful playing career.

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Jambos athletic director Joe Savage said: “As much as we would have liked to have kept John, he felt the opportunity to take another step forward in his coaching journey was something he couldn’t refuse.

“He accompanies our best wishes and thanks for all his efforts over the past three and a half years.

“We have, in Steven, someone who is very experienced and more than capable of leading our Under-18s for the remainder of the campaign.

“He is someone our young players admire, such is his pedigree as a player, and I am very confident that he will be able to continue the excellent work that has been done to develop them for the future.”

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