Hamilton boss Brian Rice has lamented the fact that Covid-19 has stopped the club from making signings in the current transfer window.

Rice disclosed that he was close to signing two players last week, but the players decided to stay in England due to the Covid-19 situation.

He also fears that the situation with the virus is bound to get worse before it gets better.

“Going to get worse”

“It’s going to get worse, there’s nothing surer than that. It does affect your team selection, if affects everything at your club. That’s why you need numbers. We’re actively trying to get people in. But it’s really, really difficult for a club like us to get them in” he said.

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Hamilton manager Brian Rice (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I thought I had two players signed last Friday. The Covid situation changed, and they decided to stay in England, and the two of them signed for an English club this week. So, it is very, very frustrating” Rice disclosed.

Rice also disclosed the upheave that was caused ahead of last weekend’s defeat against Kilmarnock, when Aaron Martin was ruled out of the game on Saturday morning after he was told to self-isolate.

Key player to be hastily replaced

Martin was in the side to start against Kilmarnock, and had to be hastily replaced.

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Hamilton manager Brian Rice ahead of a game against Ross County (Photo by Bruce White/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Everything was done, we’d worked on our team, we’d worked on set plays and everything. My phone rang at 11:30 this morning, it was the physio, your heart sinks, something has happened. Aaron’s a big player for me, he’s been fantastic since he’s came in” Rice said.

Hamilton is next in action when they face Dundee United on Saturday.

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