Hamilton boss Billy Reid is determined to keep his star youngster James McCarthy as long as possible.

The 16 year-old is being chased by Barcelona and Liverpool, but Reid says: "James, at 16, is now starting realise his full potential with us. But although we are aware of the interest in him, he is under contract until 2009 with Hamilton and we want him here until then.

"Ideally I would love to see James playing for Accies in the SPL next season but that is a long way away and we are very keen to keep a hold of James until the end of the current campaign at least. He is an important player for us."