Tue 26 January 2021 | 15:37

Hamilton boss: 'It’s a good time to face Celtic? Absolute rubbish'

Brian Rice exhorts there will never be an ideal opportunity for Hamilton Academical to take on the Old Firm giants.

The Accies head coach will take his young men to Celtic Park on Wednesday night to confront the Hoops under enormous tensions following the breakdown of their 10th straight defeat. 

A loss to the


runner-ups would stack more strain on to Neil Lennon's shoulders. 

Yet, Rice doesn't become tied up with the hypothesis that his squad's odds are swelled because


is 23 points short comparing to their rivals


on top position. 

And keeping in mind that his assets stays little compared to the other two managers of Glasgow giants, he considers Hamilton to be consistently positioned as one of the main underdogs when facing the large two. 

“I’ve just been looking at the Celtic stats. They’ve lost two games this season in the league, both to Rangers." said the 57-year-old coach.

“So nothing changes when you play the Old Firm. It’s so, so difficult for us all, and that’s not going to be any different tomorrow night.

“We’re going to Parkhead and what makes people think this is any easier than it’s ever been?

“Celtic had 13 players out two weeks ago – now they’ve got 13 back in. If I took 13 players out of my squad, I wouldn’t have enough bodies to play the game.

“They are a completely different animal from us.

“Anything can happen as we proved at Ibrox last season. We have to go to Celtic Park with confidence and spirit and a gameplan. We’ve got to believe – if you don’t you shouldn’t be involved in football.

“But let’s be realistic here. How many times has Hamilton gone to big venues like Celtic Park and Ibrox over the years and got a result?

“Sometimes it’s just a one-off or it happens every now and then.

“Listen, we’re going to Parkhead to play the strongest Celtic team possible. We’re Hamilton Accies and no-body gives us a chance. If Celtic were top of the league, what would people be saying? Hamilton has absolutely no chance.

“Because Celtic aren’t top of the league, it’s a good time to face Celtic? Rubbish. Absolute rubbish.

“We’re going there as massive underdogs but we’ll go see where it takes us.”




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