Brian Rice is in a seemingly positive mood ahead of Hamilton’s trip to Rangers, insisting his side aren’t turning up in Govan for a daytrip.

Accies are on a pretty decent run of form, with just one defeat in their last four games. When you consider that the defeat was a slender 1-0 loss to Celtic, that’s not bad going.

On fine form. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Whilst Rice isn’t underestimating the task he faces, he doesn’t see why Accies can’t challenge Rangers this week.

He told the BBC: “It’s not a sightseeing trip we are going on – it’s work day.

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“A lot of the boys who will go there on Sunday won’t have played there before, probably some have never even been to Ibrox. It’s time to roll the sleeves up and get stuck in.

It’ll be a tough ask of stars like Lewis Smith. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“It’s going to be a very difficult task for us. But it’s a test for my boys and it’s a test for me but we’re looking forward to it.”

Hamilton face a mammoth task against Rangers

Last season the South Lanarkshire club were simply overwhelmed by their Glasgow opponents. They lost all three games against Steven Gerrard’s men last term by an aggregate score of 10-1.

Rice tried to get Hamilton playing positively last time out against the Ibrox side and it ended in disaster. They were humbled 5-0 at home.

The last Rangers bout was one to forget and Rice will be keen to avoid a repeat. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A more robust approach will be needed to take anything from this game. A few weeks ago though against Celtic, Hamilton showed they can frustrate sides who are financially superior to them.

Away to an Ibrox brimming with confidence though is a different kettle of fish. Rice has to prepare his side for all outcomes on Sunday.

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