Brian Rice on Hamilton gameplan against Celtic

By Hamish Carton

September 12, 2019

Hamilton Accies boss Brian Rice has hinted that his side will have a go at Celtic when the pair meet on Saturday.

The hosts, who currently sit 7th in the table, will be looking to end a nine game losing run against the Champions and perhaps even notch just a second victory over Celtic this century.

But Neil Lennon’s side don’t look keen to give anything away in the league this season. They’ve won all four of their Premiership matches so far, netting 17 goals and conceding just three.

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The Hoops will go six points clear with victory and, while Rice admits that is the most likely outcome, he says his side won’t just be holding on for dear life.

“Nobody will expect us to get anything, but I will,” he told the Scottish Sun. “I want to make sure we’re in the game and causing them problems and not camped on the edge of our box.

“I don’t want to go into the game thinking we need to defend, defend, defend and then after 20 minutes you’re out the game.

“Celtic are so good they’ll break you down eventually and if they break you down then you have to come out and try and get something back.”

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Rice says that Hamilton will have a go at Celtic

While Rice’s advice is probably good from a Hamilton point of view, you do feel better about our chances if they come out and play.

Our biggest worry on Saturday would be the hosts sitting in and making things difficult for us. That, coupled with an off day for our attackers, and perhaps a terrific goalkeeping performance could see us dropping points.

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We showed against Motherwell how ruthless we can be away from home. We weren’t at our best that day but still scored five goals, with the majority of them coming later on in the game.

If Accies come out to play on Saturday then you feel that a similar kind of outcome is inevitable. You wouldn’t be totally surprised to see us lose a goal. But you feel pretty confident that we’ll net more than one at the other end.