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Brian Rice insists his side must be ready for Kilmarnock

Accies Head Coach Brian Rice insists his players must put the derby win against Motherwell behind them as they prepare to face Kilmarnock this weekend.

Rice said: “No two games are the same in this league. The derby win is gone and Kilmarnock are a very good side, however, whenever we play them there is always very little between one another.

“Tomorrow it will be no different. I don’t expect there to be too much between the teams and it could come down to the fine margins which decide the game.”

Rice praised the influence summer signing Ross Callachan had on the Accies squad in recent matches.

He said: “I think Ross has found a place where he is comfortable playing and I think we are getting the best out of him.

“He throws himself into every training session. He trains the way he plays and that rubs off on the players around him.

“Last year he suffered a broken ankle and being caught up in covid complications, so it says a lot about his character to come back from both those setbacks as strong.”

Rice also revealed recent changes to covid restrictions has forced him to re-evaluate potential transfer targets.

He said: “It’s going to be a very difficult month to even bring lads up from England with the current restrictions in place.

“We are looking to find players in the Scottish market but every club is doing the same so it’s very difficult.

“It could take a bit longer before we get signings done but the players which do come in will have to be pushing straight for the first team and not just making a squad up.”

 

Nickolas McInally

 

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