Hamilton manager Brian Rice says he is delighted with his player’s effort during a 3-1 defeat to Rangers.

They were on the backfoot from the off after Ryan Jack put the away side ahead after six minutes. Lewis Smith leveled things for Accies though shortly afterwards.

Rice was pleased with his Hamilton players against Rangers.  (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

A Ryan Kent double ensured the three points for the visitors, a harsh lesson for Accies’ young side. Rice was proud of the application from his players in spite of the result.

He told the Hamilton Twitter account: “I thought it was a very good performance, full of commitment, energy and enthusiasm, and it wasn’t short of good play.

“Second half we gave it everything.  We need to take the positives out of it, there were a lot of young lads out there today.

Players like Smith were shining lights. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“I think we’ve got a squad here that you can see what the jersey means to them. They really do fight for the cause, the jersey and the fans. This season’s going to be very difficult, we’re under no illusions about that, but if we keep progressing then the future is rosy.”

Hamilton showed fight for Rice against Rangers

There’s such a gulf in quality and finances between the two sides that Hamilton will always find it difficult to live with Rangers. Rice can be very proud of the performance though.

They responded well to an early setback and were well in the game right until the final minute. Accies had chances to score more than one too, with Mickel Miller an inch away from putting the ball into an empty net.

Miller had a good chance. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Next week though will be a bigger game than the Rangers one for Hamilton. They face Livingston, who are only three places above them in eighth by two points.

Win that and they’re three points closer to their big aim this season, survival.

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