Hamilton manager Brian Rice has delivered high praise to Rangers, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

Just as Derek McInnes’s Aberdeen were last weekend, Accies found themselves on the wrong end of a hammering at Ibrox on Sunday, as the Gers romped to a 5-0 win.

When Jermain Defoe opened the scoring after seven minutes, the result was never in doubt.

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Connor Goldson’s fourth of the season in all competitions doubled the lead before an exquisite free-kick from Borna Barisic and two more strikes from Defoe had Ibrox bouncing.

After the game, Rice had no complaints, just admiration for the opposition.

Rice believes the gap between the Old Firm and the rest is massive. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hamilton manager praises Rangers after hammering

“I’ve seen a lot of Rangers,” said the Rice, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “I keep saying it – their attacking play is as good as I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

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“It’s very difficult when you come here especially when they get an early goal. Yes, we lost 5-0 but anybody could come here and lose 5-0.

“For me, Celtic and Rangers are on a different planet to anyone else in this division. The gap for me, between Celtic, Rangers and the rest, is as big as I’ve ever seen in my 40 odd years in Scottish football…All you can do it your best and try not to make it easy for them.”

Jermain Defoe proved too hot to handle for the opposition, netting his second hat-trick of the season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

This is a refreshingly honest take from an opposition manager, whose words will be music to the ears of Steven Gerrard.

He’s set about building a squad packed with goals and at home, in particular, they have delivered in recent times.

With the exception of Celtic, the Gers have looked head and shoulders above everyone they’ve faced at Ibrox so far this season. If they are to maintain a genuine title challenge, though, those sorts of standards have to be maintained.

Points will be dropped on the road every now and then, but if Ibrox is a fortress, it takes the pressure off Rangers and piles it onto their opposition.

The Hamilton boss was clearly impressed by Sunday’s display and if that performance level can be maintained, more managers will bow to the Gers’ superiority, as the campaign progresses.

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