Head Coach Brian Rice has spoken positively of his side’s performance against Celtic.

Rice said: ”We gave it everything we had, we played some really good football, created chances and we got the equaliser but I am disappointed for the lads, what they gave us tonight was exceptional.”

The Accies side had  Scott Martin returning from suspension, Will Collar returning from injury and attacker David Moyo making his first start for the club. Rice was happy with their performances.

He said: “I am delighted with everyone tonight, David Moyo making his full debut I thought he was outstanding he chased lost causes, wins his headers, that’s why I brought him to the club, he will improve.”

Rice praised his sides defence work against one of the league’s most prolific attacks.

He said: “We defended well as a team, defending as a team, forcing them back. Celtic will always create chances against you especially here. It is very difficult to keep them at bay but tonight as a team we defended fantastically.”

After a number of chances in the second half for Accies including a Sam Stubbs header which hit the post, Rice decided in the final 10 minutes to go with two strikers upfront and try and take something from the game. Rice feels his side’s goal was deserved. 

He said:” We decided to go two up top and try to get a half-chance, that happened and Marios got his first league goal of the season which he deserves for the work he put in.”

After a controversial tackle, the Accies players had their appeals for a foul ignored as Celtic broke up the park and scored the winner. Rice, however, is not ready to dwell on that. He said: “We aren’t going to talk about refereeing decisions, no excuses. We are so disappointed not to take anything but proud of the way we played.”

Nickolas McInally