Hamilton manager Brian Rice insists his side can get the better of Celtic on Saturday, although they’ll have to turn in an excellent performance.
Accies head into this game off the back of an impressive 2-2 draw away to Hearts. The point leaves them with four points from four games, seventh in the table overall.
Rice thinks his side can beat Celtic, although he is wary of the threat they carry.
He told the Herald: “We need to have a really, really good day and Celtic need to be a bit below par. And if that happens, you just never know in football.
“But if you don’t compete first and foremost then you’ve got no chance. So my message is, ‘We need to compete and we need to be organised’.
“Celtic will always cause you problems and always create chances. The last thing we need to do is to do anything stupid and make it easy for them.”
Rice needs to change Hamilton form against Celtic
It seems as though Hamilton boss Rice is being a bit ambitious with his statement if the last ten meetings between the sides are anything to go by.
Celtic have won the last nine matches against Hamilton and will look to make it ten on Saturday. It hasn’t even been close either, with the Parkhead side scoring 22 to Accies’ three. The South Lanarkshire club didn’t score against Saturday’s opponents last season either.
The last time these two sides met was significant, as it was the last game of Martin Canning’s Hamilton reign.
Since then, Rice has came in, recording nine victories since taking over at the start of this year. He has never faced Celtic as Accies manager though, so this will be a new test for him.
Hamilton have it all to do against Celtic and will be massive underdogs. If Rice can set up his team perfectly though, they could frustrate the Hoops this weekend.