St Johnston v Hamilton: Billy Reid hopes Tom Elliott can revive career at Hamilton

Hamilton manager Billy Reid has backed Tom Elliott to score the goals his side need to avoid relegation after signing the striker from Leeds United.

Elliott, 20, has signed a contract until the end of the season after being released by the npower Championship club.

The 6ft 4in forward became the first Leeds player to make his debut while still at school in 2007 but made just four appearances for the Elland Road outfit.

Elliott, a former England youth international, has also had loan spells with Macclesfield, Bury and Rotherham.

Reid said: "Tom's a young lad who has promise. He has not managed to get a game recently because he had a bad injury. He's got goals in him, he is a fair size and has good pace."

Hamilton can get off the bottom of the SPL table tonight with victory at St Johnstone but the home side have conceded just two goals in six games and Reid said: "One goal could win it. St Johnstone are a solid unit. They are very difficult to break down. Derek McInnes has got them really well organised."

McInnes himself is looking for his side to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 defeat at Tynecastle last Saturday when Hearts took revenge for being knocked out the Scottish Cup by the Perth side. He said: "Saturday is in the past. I am looking for us to go on another long run of good form.

"We've been playing well of late and we want to get back on track."