MARTIN CANNING reckons a ‘crazy’ 15 minute spell cost Hamilton dear as they went down 4-1 to Rangers last night.

Accies had a dream start at the SuperSeal Stadium as Danny Redmond fired them ahead inside the opening minute.

But a double from Declan John and a Daniel Candeias strike had Pedro Caixinha’s side 3-1 up at the interval.

It was a dramatic start to the second period as Ryan Jack saw red and Graham Dorrans scored from the spot to clinch the points for Rangers.

Accies spurned a chance to score from 12 yards when Wes Foderingham saved from Rakish Bingham and the Gers keeper pulled off a string of late saves.

It was a case of what might have been for Accies and boss Canning was disappointed they didn’t build on their early advantage.

He said: “We started the game really well. We have talked about our starts and we have gone behind in a couple of games.

“It is important that we are on the front foot and we done that and got the goal early.

“From there, we had a crazy 15 minute spell where we seemed to switch of mentally. We make too many individual mistakes and it ends up costing us.

“The second half was a strange half of football. They get a man sent off at 3-1 and you think ‘we are in this game still’ but then we make an individual mistake and gift them a penalty.

“After that, we probably had three, four, five clear cut opportunities, including missing a penalty of our own.

“It is one of those nights where I am bitterly disappointed, more so for that 15 minutes in the first half.

“We have talked so much this week about the concentration you have to have against the top teams. Have your concentration, have your focus.

“Too many tonight switch off at crucial moments and good teams punish you.”