Hamilton player/manager Martin Canning believes Dundee are no less dangerous a proposition without their dynamic duo as he prepares for the trip to Dens Park in the Ladbrokes Premiership tomorrow night.
The Taysiders’ boss Paul Hartley lost striker Kane Hemmings, who scored 25 goals last season — including a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Accies — to Oxford United.
Greg Stewart finished last season with 11 goals and notched six in three Betfred Cup games before he joined Birmingham City.
Dundee started this league campaign with a fine win at Ross County before losing at home to Rangers and Canning, who revealed out-of-favour left-back Antons Kurakins has been told he can find another club, said: “They are a good unit and they have brought in good players as well.
“Obviously if you lose two quality players who have been a big source of goals and creativity for them, it will impact your team but I have no doubt the players, more than anything, will be desperate to prove they are not a two-man team, that they are still a good team.
“We lost 4-0 up there last season when Hemmings caused us problems and we won 1-0 up there towards the end of the season, so it’s been mixed.
“For us, it is about going up there focused and ready to go to try to win the game.”
Kurakins joined Accies in 2015 after leaving FK Ventspils but the 26-year-old Latvia defender is now surplus to requirements.
“I said to Anton that he can look for a new club,” said Canning. “I don’t see him featuring enough this season to justify staying so we have had the conversation.”