Friday Jul 23, 2021. 11:00
Zimbabwean international David Moyo has admitted that his Scottish club Hamilton Academical face an uphill battle in trying to win promotion back to the top-flight Premiership.
The Accies finished bottom of the Scottish Premiership log in 2020-21, suffering relegation back to the Championship.
Hamilton will seek an instant return to the elite league but Moyo – who has been on the club’s books since July 2019 – has warned that they will face tough competition.
“We would have wanted to remain in the top-flight but unfortunately we got relegated,” said Moyo, as quoted by The Herald.
“We are now preparing for life in the Championship. We all know how difficult the Championship is.
“It is definitely going to be very tough for us to try and earn qualification back into the top league. Every team in the Championship will be playing with that one aim, to get promoted. So we know how difficult it is going to be for us as a team.”
Moyo added that the weight of expectation will be on Hamilton and manager Brian Rice: “We are coming from the top-flight and naturally, we have all the pressure. We are expected to deliver and that piles pressure, a lot of pressure on us as a team.
“But, we are all ready for the challenge and we all know what it means to be playing in the Championship.
“This is a very competitive league which we have joined. But nothing changes, our aim remains the same. We are ready to play and win promotion back into the top league.
“We tried hard to remain in the league but we failed. Now we should try hard to bounce back and we all believe we will do it.
“But one thing for sure is that the Championship is not an easy competition. It’s very tough and for us to achieve our aim, we ought to be tough as well.”
Hamilton will open their Championship campaign with a match away to Raith Rovers next Saturday, 31 July, at Stark’s Park.