Brian Rice is missing several of his key men – and admits it’s too much for a club like Hamilton to cope with, Celtic at home to come next for Accies.

Rice’s men lost 2-0 to Livingston on Wednesday night, Jon Guthrie and Josh Mullin goals sealing a comfortable Lions win as Hamilton number one Ryan Fulton was subbed with injury. Next up for the South Lanarkshire outfit is Celtic and that’s a mammoth task at the best of times.

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Rice was missing several players against Livi. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But with several players injured and four missing for Covid-19 related reasons, Rice says Hamilton are struggling for bodies: “Nine players were missing before we started against Livingston.

“For a club like Hamilton, we can’t cope with that with the size of our squad. That’s not why we lost. Livi were excellent and thoroughly deserved to win. Seven of those nine would be starters.

 

“Five injuries, one Covid-19 and three track and trace. Don’t ask me the rules on track and trace, as it seems to change from day to day. We knew late on Tuesday. The heart of my team was ripped out. Scott Martin and Ross Callachan are out. It’s soul destroying.

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Celtic come next. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

“We could field a team. Nobody is wanting games cancelled. For me to put out a strongest team to compete I need some of those players on the pitch. There were young lads out there who were nowhere near the team in recent months.

“It’s nobody’s fault but it’s the way it is. Me losing nine players, I don’t know what to say. We play Celtic on Saturday and none of them will be back and my goalie went off injured. They’ll miss ten days.”

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