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Rice aims to be ’12th man’ as he returns to Hamilton dugout

The Hamilton head coach has completed his five-match touchline ban for betting offences.

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Brian Rice aims to become Hamilton’s “12th man” as he prepares to return to the dugout.

The head coach has served his five-match touchline ban for betting offences, but will be back in the dugout for the Lanarkshire derby against Motherwell on Saturday.

“I feel as though I’m the 12th man when I’m out there,” Rice said. “I feel part of it. I want the boys to see me when they look across and hear me encouraging them and getting into them.”

Hamilton’s run without a victory stretched to seven matches during Rice’s ban.

“It’s been a difficult situation but it’s past now so I am back down in amongst it with the boys,” he said.

“It’s frustrating all the time, it doesn’t matter where you are – side of the pitch, up in the stands. But I think it’s important I am down there. It’s the place I belong.”