Hamilton boss praises team's approach in draw with Rangers and hails 'outstanding' teenage ace

Hamilton boss Brian Rice hailed his players for their approach against league leaders Rangers in the 1-1 draw.

Brian Rice was delighted with his players in the draw with Rangers. Picture: SNS
Brian Rice was delighted with his players in the draw with Rangers. Picture: SNS

The Accies manager called on his team to be brave in the meeting with Steven Gerrard’s unbeaten side.

At times, Hamilton played three v three at the back and were eventually rewarded for their courage with a stoppage-time goal from Ross Callachan after being thwarted on numerous occasions by Allan McGregor in the Rangers goal.

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“I think that was the least we deserved out of the match,” Rice told Sky Sports. “No disrespect to Rangers. I asked my lads to be brave, I asked them to be on the front foot, go and have a go. Don’t have any regrets.

"Between now and the end of the season, go and have a real go.

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"I think you saw a team today playing for each other, a team that believed they could get something out of the game and a team that deserved a goal in the last minute.

“You know you’ve got to take your chances in these games. We didn’t manage manage to do that, Allan had some really good saves.

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"Rangers get the goal you think it is going to be one of those days. Even if we had been beat today I would have been proud of what they put in today. I couldn’t ask for any more.

"I’m just delighted that Ross popped up with the goal.”

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Hamilton impresses for Accies

The result took Accies to within three points of 11th-place Ross County with two games in hand. The first of which comes during the week with a trip to Livingston, starting a run of four away games.

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There were a number of star performers for Accies in the draw, with Bruce Anderson being a constant pest in attack but there was special praise for teenage centre-back Jamie Hamilton.

“I believe in these lads,” Rice said.

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"I think you saw in young Jamie Hamilton today. Absolutely outstanding for an 18-year-old, absolutely fantastic. He needs the help of the experienced lads. It’s trying to get the blend right. I think we are nearly there.

“Jamie has certainly improved with Aaron Martin alongside him, Lee Hodson, talking to him. “

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