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Hamilton Accies boss Brian Rice is not a fan of cut up forward of 5 essential video games – NewsEverything Scotland

Brian Rice is ready for 5 cup-finals that may decide whether or not Hamilton will protect their top-flight standing.

Accies sit backside of the Premiership desk forward of the post-split fixtures however stay simply two factors from security.

Kilmarnock are only one level forward of Accies within the play-off place with Ross County two factors forward in tenth.

0 Hamilton Acadmeical v St Mirren
Brian Rice’s sole focus is on Hamilton’s conflict in opposition to Dundee United

Hamilton’s two predominant relegation rivals conflict this weekend however boss Rice is focusing all of his consideration on Accies’ recreation in opposition to Dundee United.

“I simply wait till after the sport {to verify different outcomes} since you’ve acquired to maintain your focus solely by yourself group.

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“You may’t management what is occurring elsewhere and I don’t wish to be distracted by figuring out what’s happening elsewhere – I’m solely centered on Hamilton.

“Each recreation is massively essential, there are 5 video games to go and 15 factors to play for. We all know simply how essential each match is.

“They’ll be tight video games as a result of all of us have quite a bit to play for.

1 Hamilton Academical v Dundee United Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Hamilton performed out a goalless draw of their final conflict in opposition to Dundee United

“Dundee United will nonetheless need to end the season on a excessive and it’s been shut encounters between us this season.

“It was a 1-1 draw earlier within the season and we misplaced 2-1 up in Dundee however we missed a late penalty so I don’t count on it to be any completely different,” Rice mentioned.

Hamilton face three house matches and two away video games of their closing 5 fixtures this season.

However within the absence of supporters, Rice feels there isn’t any house benefit.

He mentioned: “Folks solely speak about our house kind as a result of we’ve got a plastic pitch however I don’t put any emphasis on it this season.

“There are not any crowds in so there isn’t any benefit from taking part in house at this second of time.

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Accies boss Rice feels house benefit has been misplaced this season

“When the crowds are in then there’s a slight benefit, particularly with the larger golf equipment, however now it’s simply a fair recreation, house or away.”

The controversial cut up format brings added drama to the tip of the season however Rice isn’t a fan.

He mentioned: “I don’t suppose anyone enjoys the cut up. I’ve by no means preferred it because it was first launched but it surely’s not something we will do one thing about.

“You understand whenever you go into these video games that all of them imply one thing, they imply a hell of quite a bit.

“There’s stress on three groups simply now, presumably 4.”

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