Hamilton boss Brian Rice has admitted that Sunday’s thrashing by Rangers inspired his side’s potentially season-defining win over Aberdeen last night.

The Accies stunned the Dons at Pittodrie to move seven points clear of the foot of the table and give themselves some room to breathe in the relegation battle.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 16: New manager Paul Heckingbottom (L) Manager of Hibernian FC paces the touchline during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Hamilton Academical at Easter Road on February 16, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Rice was blown away by how the Gers performed against his side last weekend and admitted he immediately set about copying it – and got their rewards last night.

“Rangers really inspired me on Sunday. I saw how hard they worked, how they got on the ball, how they made angles, how they passed it,” Rice told STV.

2nd February 2019, Hope CBD Stadium, Hamilton, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hamilton Academical versus Dundee; Hamilton Academical manager Brian Rice

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“We went in Monday morning and started working away. Tonight we got our just rewards.

“The performance was very good. We got everything I asked of the boys coming off the back of Sunday. I asked them for a reaction and to get on the front foot. A clean sheet up here is a marvellous achievement.”

With Dundee four points behind the Accies, they are in the driving seat to avoid slipping into the playoffs at the end of the season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Accies face a massive Lanarkshire derby with Motherwell next and will be desperate to build on the win over Aberdeen.

If they do avoid the drop, they might just well point to the 5-0 defeat by Rangers as a turning point in their campaign.

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