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Brian Rice believes confidence is high ahead of a “difficult trip” to Aberdeen

Head Coach Brian Rice believes his side are looking forward to a tough match against Aberdeen.

Accies have only lost one of their previous five matches and Rice believes this gives the squad confidence going into the match.

He said: “We know it will be very difficult, going up to Aberdeen is always a difficult trip, you never get a comfortable 90 minutes there so we know it will be tough.

“We are really looking forward to the game. You can see the way the lads are playing and going about their business that they believe in each other and what we are trying to do.”

Accies will be without strikers Bruce Anderson and Marios Ogkmpoe who had formed a formidable partnership in recent matches. However, Rice believes this gives other members of the squad to stake their claim for a position in the starting line-up.

He said: “We have lost Bruce for tomorrow and of course Marios, they have formed quite a promising partnership but these things happen so now there is an opportunity for two others.

“It is up to those who come in to keep themselves in the team. The two that come in could become two heroes and stay in the team. That is what I have said to the lads, they know if they get in the team, they have to keep themselves there.”

The Accies head coach believes his squad carry a strong attacking threat for the match.

He said: “We have goals in the team, Ross and Hakeem have been chipping in with goals this season so there are goals in the team and in recent matches we have been creating chances as well.”

Rice took the opportunity to praise midfielder Ross Callachan for his contributions this season after he added his ninth goal of the season in our draw with St Johnstone.

Rice said: “I can’t praise Ross highly enough. This is a guybroke his leg last season and he didn’t play until the end of the season. He came to us in the summer and since then he has been everything, we thought he would be and more.

“I like him as a player. He is forward thinking and looks to score goals. He has come here and it looks like he has found a home. We appreciate him and he appreciates us.”

Rice praised the work ethic and commitment shown by his squad as they prepare for the final eight games of the season.

He said: “The lads are doing this for each other, when one drops out, they take it on the chin and they get on with it. The spirt against Hibs was incredible. After that game the disappointment gave me a good feeling.

“I am proud as punch of the boys and what they have been through this season. I know they will keep fighting for the club until the end.”


Nick McInally – 6 March 2021 – 10:55

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