Hamilton boss Brian Rice deserves praise for honesty after Celtic result

By David Walton

December 5, 2019

Hamilton Accies manager Brian Rice deserves real credit for his honesty in his post-match interviews last night.

Rice must’ve wanted the ground to open up and swallow him whole come full-time last night. A 93rd-minute Scott Brown winner denied his young Accies side a mightily impressive point at Parkhead when it looked like they had banked a point.

Frustratingly for the Celts, we couldn’t add to Ryan Christie’s opener. Marios Ogboe then fired home a late leveler that looked to have sneaked Hamilton the draw.

Scott Brown was the hero last night (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Brown’s heroics ensured that we ended this round of fixtures top of the table by two points.

Rice, meanwhile, saw his team’s winless run stretch to nine games with only three points collected in their last seven. And whilst a point at Parkhead would’ve been a huge result for his CV in particular, Rice managed to bite his tongue well post-match.

Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Rice said the following on the game:

“A couple of decisions didn’t go our way. The general consensus from the boys was that it was a push from Leigh Griffiths on Sam Stubbs. But it’s done and dusted. Some go for you, some go against you.

Brian Rice (right) stayed composed in his post-match comments (Callum Landells/Getty Images)

“Did I speak to the ref? No. I have known Alan Muir for a long time but I don’t speak to him after games. It’s an angry dressing because the boys feel we should have got something.

“Celtic are the champions and keep going until the 93rd minute but you saw a Hamilton team that were hungry. There are positives but I would rather have points and I don’t want to see pity in the dressing room.”

Rice happy to give Celtic some praise

He also chose to big up Celtic’s mark of champions trait when speaking to the BBC post-match too:

“We needed a wee rub of the green, and we didn’t get it tonight, but I’m so proud of what the lads put in. Celtic are champions for a reason and that’s why.”

Sure, Rice talks about what he thought was a foul in the build-up to the winning goal. But you can’t say he’s overly-moaning about it. In fact, all he really does is mention it without going into detail.

Neil Lennon will know we got fortunate yesterday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He then praises Celtic and the character shown by Neil Lennon’s side. Yet it perhaps would’ve been easier for him to label us fortunate and act as though we got away with one here.

It speaks volumes of the man that he’s managed to recognise how hard the Hoops players had to dig here. Meanwhile, he simply focuses on what his team did well and that he’s proud of his players. It really was a classy response to what must’ve been a real kick in the teeth for Rice and his club.

Even though we supporters know we got away with that result, Rice doesn’t seem too interested in singing that narrative. All credit to him for the humbleness shown.