Hamilton manager Brian Rice encouraged his players to embrace the challenge of facing Celtic.

Accies find themselves bottom of the Premiership table ahead of the trip to face Celtic Park tomorrow night.

But Accies have lost just once in four games since last facing Celtic and Rice wants them to relish the trip to play Neil Lennon's side.

Although Hamilton have failed to win at Celtic Park since a 1-0 victory in October 2014 courtesy of Ali Crawford's winner, Rice insists his players should look forward to the game.

Ali Crawford races away to celebrate his winner at Celtic Park

He said:"We have to go with confidence, we've got to go with spirit, we've got to go with a game plan and we've got to believe.

"If you don't believe and don't want to play in these games then you shouldn't be involved in football.

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"We've got to enjoy it and embrace it because if there's one game you want to play in it's against the Old Firm.

"You've got to look forward to it. They're brilliant arenas to go play football in, obviously there are no fans in which makes it different but I want the players to look forward to it.

"I want the players to be a bit nervous because that brings out the best in you."

Aaron Martin concedes a penalty against Celtic

Hamilton produced an excellent first half performance against the current champions on Boxing Day.

The scoreline remained goalless at half-time but Celtic eventually ran out 3-0 winners after being awarded a controversial first-half penalty.

Rice will take positives from that performance but isn't underestimating the task at hand despite Celtic's recent troubles.

He said: "It was really difficult conditions but I thought we stood up to it really well in the first-half. An early penalty in the second-half changed the game."

"We are still going to Parkhead, what makes people think it'll be easier than it's ever been. Celtic had thirteen players out but they'll be back now.

"If I had thirteen players out my squad then we wouldn't be able to play - I wouldn't have enough bodies.

"They're a completely different animal to us but anything can happen in football as we proved last season against the other half of the Old Firm."

In-form defenders Aaron Martin and Jamie Hamilton

Hamilton have been in excellent defensive form recently after a tactical reshuffle by Rice after the heavy defeat against Rangers at Ibrox in November.

Accies have kept an impressive three clean sheets in their last four fixtures and Rice is hoping that gives his players confidence.

He said: "It's difficult to keep clean sheets in this league, so to have three in our last four is a fantastic record for us.

"We know tomorrow night that we'll have to defend a lot more than we have down in our previous four matches.

"We know the quality of the opposition and we know it'll be a big test for us but I'm looking forward to it."

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