Hamilton boss Brian Rice was full of praise for Aberdeen loanee Bruce Anderson after the striker turned in an excellent performance in yesterday’s 4-1 Lanarkshire derby win over Motherwell at Fir Park.

The 22-year-old scored the opening goal and also provided an assist to fellow forward Marios Ogkmpoe for his goal. The duo worked well together and Rice is encouraged by the partnership. However, it was Anderson who was the main talking point after the game.

“Partnership building”

“I think he’s been exceptional since he came in. He’s got a wee partnership building there with Marios. They seem to like playing with one another, big lad, little lad” he said.

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Aberdeen loanee Bruce Anderson impressed for Hamilton against Motherwell (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“Bruce is sharp. Anything round about the box, and his first touch, I think he’s just delighted to be playing football on a regular basis. We’re delighted to have him” Rice stated.

Rice was particularly pleased that his team managed to follow up their excellent display in last week’s 1-1 draw with Rangers with another good performance in the Lanarkshire derby.

“A challenge for us”

“It was a challenge for us today. Because people always say ‘It’s easy against the Old Firm’, obviously they’ve never been up against the Old Firm when they say that. It’s never easy against the Old Firm. You are on a hiding to nothing most of the time.

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Hamilton manager Brian Rice (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“But my boys know what it’s going to take for us to stay in this league. It’s going to take performances like that. Hopefully it’s just the start of things to come” Rice concluded.

Hamilton is next in action on Wednesday night when they face St Mirren.

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