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Accies Head Coach Brian Rice has praised new signing Bruce Anderson’s hunger to succeed at Accies

Head Coach Brian Rice has revealed new signing Bruce Anderson has shown a desire to impress the Accies fans.

Speaking ahead of our match with Ross County, Rice said: “I know how desperate Bruce is to do well here. I had a good chat with him before he signed, and he is hungry to do well.”

Rice is delighted his pursuit of Anderson is finally over, having tried to add him to the squad during the previous transfer window.

He said: “We tried to get Bruce in during the last window we were just unfortunately too late.

“We went back to Aberdeen at the beginning of the January. However, they wanted him in the building to help with a few injuries as part of the squad.

“It was right up until the last minute, we knew we had to wait for Aberdeen to bring in a few players in before they could let him go and we are grateful they could do that.”

Rice believes the Anderson has added quality to the sides attacking options ahead of the second half of the season.

He said: “We have been creating chances, we haven’t been able to take as many as we would like, we are hoping Bruce can come in and get himself on the end of those chances and score a few goals.

“He is different physically to David [Moyo] and Mario [Marios Ogkmpoe]. He has different aspects to his game. We know he can score goals; he will give us something different.

“He will be straight into the squad for tomorrow, we are hoping he can get that first goal and hopefully help us secure a win.”

Rice is looking forward to matching up against John Hughes for the first time. The pair previously worked together for several years at sides including Falkirk and Hibs.

Rice said: “I am looking forward to it. I have been thinking about it since the end of last week. I am looking at their team and figuring out how they are going to play.

“We know how important the game is, we have had one win a piece this season so there isn’t a great deal between the teams.”

Rice is hoping his injury worries have begun to ease with a number of players close to being available for selection again.

He said: “Scott Martin is still a little bit away from full fitness. We are having to put him in for games and get him up to speed that way.

“There are two or three in the same position, they will be in the squad, they aren’t fit enough to start. However, they make us stronger from the bench.”

Tonight’s match against Ross County will be broadcasted live and exclusively on AcciesTV. Priced at £15 the match will be available here https://ppv.vincentc147.sg-host.com/login. Kick-off 6pm

– by Nickolas McInally – 3 February 2021 – 16:00



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