Head Coach Brian Rice believes now is the time for Hamilton Accies to put together a run in the Scottish Cup as his side prepare for a return to action.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s fourth-round Scottish Cup tie against Edinburgh City, he said: “I think it’s time Hamilton have a cup run, the Scottish Cup for me has always been a massive thing, at Falkirk, we made it to the final with John Hughes, it’s a chance for a club to get a bit of success so why not us?”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s tie Rice is adamant his side won’t underestimate their league two opposition. He said: “You get a lot of cup upsets and if you underestimate any side at any round your asking for trouble, we will give them the respect they deserve and go about winning the tie the same way we go about any other game. You’ve got to win the game to progress.”

The Hamilton head coach also spoke about facing a familiar face in the Edinburgh City hierarchy. He said: “I know Jim Jefferies, he’s the director of football there and obviously I know Jim well, I’ve kept in good contact with him over the years. He’s a man I have a lot of respect for. I met him when I have been to watch them play, sat down with him and we spoke about a lot of things, it’ll be great to see him again.”

Rice is delighted to get back to cup football and take a break from league action. He said: “It’s different, in the league we play each other three-time at least and that brings a familiarity, the great thing for me about cup football it’s on the day, you can obviously go to a replay but you are either in or you’re out I liked playing in the cup even as a player it brings another opportunity for success. I think it’s great.”

New signing Andy Dales could be in line to make his Accies debut and Rice spoke of his pursuit of the winger. He said: “I tracked him for a while since he was at Dundee, he really caught my eye. I have been trying since the summer to get him in. Now I have managed to convince him to sign and I believe he can do great things at this club.”

After ending 2019 on a high following a victory in the Lanarkshire derby against Motherwell, Rice and his side return to action with a fourth-round tie against Edinburgh City. Tickets will be available to purchase on match day. Kick-off 3 pm.

 

 

Written by: Nickolas McInally

17th January 2020, 14:06pm