Brian Rice says he’s looking to get some players off the treatment table in time for Hamilton’s match with Celtic.

Accies face the Hoops this Sunday as a big ask for precious points awaits them. Their defeat to Livingston at the weekend coupled with Hearts’ shock win over Rangers means Rice’s men are now just one point off the bottom.

Hearts’ weekend result was bad news for Accies. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Injuries plagued Rice during the 4-2 Livi defeat, with the likes of Aaron McGowan, Jamie Hamilton and Brian Easton all missing from his back four alone.

The Hamilton manager is hopeful though that some may make their return against Celtic as they aim to cause a big upset.

“I’m hopeful that I’ll get one or two injured players back, hopeful,” said Rice. “I don’t want to name players because I’ll be disappointed if they’re not! But I’m hopeful.

Rice is hoping for boosts ahead of a Celtic visit. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I can’t influence what happens outside of Hamilton. It’s a great result for Hearts but this is going down to the wire with five or six teams I think. They’ve brought in two players which if what I’ve read is correct, they’ve spent a bit of money doing so.

“You do what you can do for your club. Transfers very much depend on how the injuries progress over the next day or two. We’ve got things on the backburner but they will maybe only happen if the injury situation doesn’t clear up.

“It would be nice if we got another fresh face in. But once I get all the injured players back, it’s quite a big squad then. I don’t want to fill it up for the sake of filling it up.

Happy with his squad. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Celtic are champions for a reason. They took the knock against Rangers and they’ve bounced back, which tells you all you need to know about their character. It’ll be very difficult but we need a gameplan which gives us a chance.”

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