Brian Rice was pleased by the impact of Jamie Hamilton during his side’s weekend stalemate – but he’s asking his Hamilton forwards to find their shooting boots.

Accies picked up a fourth clean sheet in seven games as they drew 0-0 with Dundee United at home on Saturday, the backline of Aaron Martin, Jamie Hamilton and Brian Easton thriving once again.

Hamilton Academical v Dundee United - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Captain excellent. (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

While pleased at one end of the park, Hamilton boss Rice knows things have to improve at the other end: “I thought Jamie Hamilton was absolutely outstanding. For an 18-year-old in the Premiership, I thought he was outstanding. We’ve addressed the situation of losing goals, now we need to get back to scoring goals.

“We saw last week when I lost Aaron and Easty (how important they both are for Hamilton’s defence). We can only have so many in our squad, we are Hamilton and we know what the finances are like.

“So when the experienced boys go out, the young ones have got to come in. That’s how it works and I thought the kids did alright last week. But you can see the difference with the experience of Brian and Aaron coming in there and helping them.

Hamilton Academical v Dundee United - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Plenty to be pleased with, things to improve. (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Callum had a great chance. He’s got to do better than that and the kid knows that. He’s got to show a bit of composure. That’s where he’s got to learn. We can’t keep making excuses. The strikers haven’t scored enough goals this season.

“We know that and we are trying to address it. We’ve been working non-stop to get one or two to help us in that department, but it’s really difficult. I think a goal either way would have won it, but I think a point each way was deserved.”

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