BRIAN Rice last night claimed Celtic's injury-time winner against his Hamilton side should have been disallowed by referee Alan Muir due to a foul in the build-up.

The visitors had drawn level in the final minute when substitute Marios Ogkmpoe had struck to cancel out Ryan Christie's first-half opener.

However, captain and midfielder Scott Brown scored in the second minute of added-on time to ensure that Neil Lennon's side picked up all three points.


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But Rice was furious after the final whistle as he felt that Celtic replacement Leigh Griffiths had shoved Hamilton defender Sam Stubbs before Brown netted.

"It's an angry dressing because the boys feel we should have got something," he said.

"A couple of decisions didn't go our way either.

"The general consensus from the boys was that it was a push from Leigh Griffiths on young Sam Stubbs.

"But it's done and dusted. Some go for you, some go against you.

"Did I speak to the ref? No. I have known Alan Muir for a long time, but I don't speak to him after games."

Rice was proud of how his side, who are a point off bottom spot in the Premiership after 15 games, performed against the treble treble winners.

He believes the South Lanarkshire club deserved to take something out of the match and can be confident going forward.


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And the Hamilton manager admitted that his players were distraught at the final outcome despite performing heroically against the Scottish champions away.

"Celtic are the champions and keep going until the 93rd minute, but you saw a Hamilton team that were hungry," he said.

"There are positives, but I would rather have points and I don't want to see pity in the dressing room.

"It might seem strange being disappointed, but we deserved something from the game."