Brian Rice claims Celtic penalty a "present", immediately contradicts himself

By Euan Davidson

December 26, 2020

Brian Rice watched as his depleted squad fell 3-0 to Celtic today.

In the midst of Storm Bella, New Douglas Park became the Poseidon Adventure.

Having kept it to 0-0 into half-time, Hamilton subsequently conceded a penalty. Brian Rice was unhappy with that decision.

Edouard cooly dispatched the spot kick, which gave the Bhoys an early 1-0 lead.

Rice’s piping hot take was that Santa gifted Celtic with a penalty. That’s despite Edouard being completely wiped out while trying to shoot.

Suffice it to say that Rice would’ve been unhappy if a similar incident hadn’t gone Hamilton’s way.


Raging: Hamilton manager Brian Rice / (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Rice has nothing to complain about for Celtic pen

Talking to Sky Sports after the match, Rice said:

“To be fair it’s the season of presents and when you see the penalty, they have got a nice present there to change the game second half, an early goal. My boys gave it everything they could.

“I don’t want to get into trouble by talking about it. I think that tells you everything.”

It’d be harsh to go into semantics after Rice’s decimated side slumped to a 3-0 defeat, but that makes no sense. You have, Mr Rice, talked about it.

He’s right in that his boys gave a great account of themselves in testing conditions. Goalkeeper Kyle Gourlay did well under relentless pressure, and can count himself unlucky to concede thrice.

Still, Hamilton had no shots on target, and Celtic had 8. The Bhoys dominated possession and had a number of chances to increase the scoreline. There are a myriad of other stats, but the eye test alone shows that Celtic deserved to win this one.

Besides, the penalty itself was no “present”, and I’m relatively sure Rice would concede that if he were to watch it back. Edouard is clearly swiped from behind as he finishes a shooting motion. It’s a penalty all day long.

It’s also an example of a correct refereeing decision, which isn’t guaranteed on the west coast.