Former Celtic and Motherwell star handed coaching role at Hamilton Accies

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Hamilton Accies have appointed former Celtic and Motherwell star Gordon Marshall as their new head of goalkeeping.

The 60-year-old ex-shot-stopper, who won the Scottish Cup with the Hoops in 1995, replaces Brian Potter in the role, following his switch to Championship rivals Livingston last week.

Marshall was at League One side Queen of the South last season and became the latest well-known face to come in at New Douglas Park after Charlie Mulgrew was last week confirmed as the club's new under-18s coach.

Scotland cap Marshall also had spells as a player at Kilmarnock, Falkirk and East Fife and was head of goalkeeping at Motherwell, Aberdeen and Hibernian in recent years.

Commenting on the appointment of Marshall, Hamilton's director of football, Gerry Strain, said: "With Brian leaving the club after such a significant period at the club and with the foundations he put in place, it was important that we achieved a calibre of coach that could take the role to the next level and we believe we can do that with Gordon, who has great experience domestically and also played internationally.

"After an extensive recruitment programme, Gordon was the outstanding candidate and we are delighted he has pledged his future to Accies' first team and development."

Meanwhile, another ex-Motherwel player, Shaun Fagan, has been appointed head of football and coaching within the academy and will also assist with first team operations under Accies boss John Rankin.

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