Brian Rice has claimed he was “very close” to being appointed Falkirk boss before the Bairns opted to name Martin Rennie as their new manager, with Chipper admitting he needs a club to show “a bit of faith” in him after leaving Hamilton earlier this season.

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Rice was widely thought to be a good fit to replace Paul Sheerin at the Falkirk Stadium and return to a club he has served with great distinction in the past.

The former Hamilton boss probably takes in more fixtures in Scotland than anybody and confessed it has been “tough” for him to find a way back into the game so far.

“I’ve put my name forward for two or three but it’s tough. I was very close to getting the Falkirk job,” Rice said [Sunday Mail].

“There were others as well and I didn’t get them. So it’s just a case of biding my time and hoping something comes up.

“I need someone, a chairman or an owner at a club, to have a bit of faith in me again.

“If they’re looking for a bit of experience or there’s a young manager who needs a hand – hopefully, someone will recognise everything I’ve done in the game.

“All I’m looking for is a chance.”

It surely won’t be long before Chipper is back in the game somewhere – either as a manager or a coach – and it wouldn’t come as a big surprise if he ended up reuniting with Yogi Hughes at Dunfermline.

The pair have a long history together and, arguably, Hughes’ best spell in management came with Rice as his sidekick.

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