Accies were left gutted last time out against Celtic- but Scott McMann reckons it shows Hamilton will be able to live with the champions again this afternoon.

McMann will likely feature against the Hoops as Brian Rice’s side look to pull off a big shock. Any sort of result would be a huge boost after Hearts’ draw with St Johnstone leaves them bottom on goal difference.

Hearts’ draw leaves them bottom. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

They’re three points off overall safety too. Accies face a big task to shorten those gaps today, but the late 2-1 win for Celtic against Rice’s men last time out shows Hamilton can compete with the Hoops.

The Fountain of Youth left-back is taking lots of encouragement from that Parkhead bout, urging his Hamilton teammates to believe in a shock.

“I don’t think we’re under any illusions the position we’re in,” said McMann. “We know it’s a dogfight and we know we need to put points on the board. We’ve played well against the Old Firm this season.

McMann and Hamilton performed well against Celtic last time out.

McMann and Hamilton performed well against Celtic last time out. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

“We’ve always gave them a good game, especially at our place. We think we can get something from the game and it’s one we’ll look forward to. The result at Parkhead was terrible, you think you’ve got the point then they take it from you.

“That’s what champions do though. I’ve had a few blows but that was one of the worst. For the work we put into the game, to have it taken away from you at the last minute wasn’t nice.

“We definitely think we can get something. We just need to apply ourselves properly. I don’t think you can sit in too much but we know their strengths so we’ll have a plan and we’ll try to execute it.

Positive mindset. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We know we can compete against the top teams. We’d played some nice football at Parkhead so it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

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