Hamilton manager Brian Rice tips hat off to Celtic quality

By David Walton

August 3, 2020

Hamilton Academical manager Brian Rice couldn’t help but compliment Celtic’s quality after his side were destroyed by the Premiership champions.

Rice could only watch on helplessly as his young Accies outfit were drained in a 5-1 hammering. Odsonne Edouard’s hat-trick was the main story of the match, but Jeremie Frimpong and Patryk Klimala also got on the scoresheet.

Accies did offer some brief resistance as they nabbed an own goal from Christopher Jullien to temporarily haul themselves back into the contest. But that only seemed to anger the 10-in-a-row seeking champions, who scored three second-half goals to confirm a powerful start to the campaign.

Hamilton manager Brian Rice (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

Edouard was the star of the show, and Rice wasn’t bitter in acknowledging the quality Celtic had on show. Speaking post-match via Hamilton’s official in-house media team, here’s what he had to say:

“When you come to Celtic Park you’ve got to defend and you’ve got to defend well. I thought in large parts we did. You can never say that Moyo’s chance would’ve changed the game. We’re playing against quality players and we know that.

“When we play against Celtic, especially here, it’s very very difficult. We shouldn’t be judged on games like this. The quality Celtic put into the box is phenomenal.

“They’ve got a striker in there worth £30m-£40m and he’s got himself three goals today. It’s not every week you come up against him. It’s easy to pick the faults, especially in these games.”

Hamilton won’t be the only side to suffer at Parkhead

When Celtic turn on the style like they did yesterday, they can dominate any side in Scotland. That’s undebatable – it doesn’t matter whether it’s Hamilton, Hibernian, Aberdeen, or Rangers. When Celtic are on it, nobody can live with them.

So Rice shouldn’t be too disheartened by the result yesterday. They won’t be the only team to get a real going over at Parkhead as the season goes on.

However, that isn’t to say that there were no concerns to come out of yesterday’s game. Yes, Edouard got a hat-trick whilst Frimpong and Klimala’s goals added nice sub-plots to the match, but we still have issues to iron out.

Patryk Klimala vs Hamilton (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Defensively, Celtic looked a bit ropey when it came to winning our aerial duels. David Moyo and Andy Winter both had some big chances with free headers. Marios Ogboe, meanwhile, got too much joy at times with his strength on show.

We could do with tightening up in that aspect of our game. It was too easy at times for Accies to get balls into the box and create chances with headed opportunities. Thankfully, it didn’t lead to any disasters as Celtic’s own forward players stole the show.

But with European qualifiers on the horizon, we can’t be fooled into thinking no aspects of our game need improvement. Fortunately, we’ve got a manager who will know that more than anyone.

In other news, Jeremie Frimpong shuts down Rangers question.