Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has posted a touching tribute to Hamilton manager Brian Rice after the coach revealed he was dealing with a gambling addiction.

Rice faces an SFA charge after writing to the governing body to admit to the 'disease' he suffers with. The Accies head coach also admitted he was ready to face any punishment which might be forthcoming.

Now Boyd has taken to Instagram to tell of his admiration for Rice, 56, about the way he has dealt with the situation. The striker said: " Thinking of Brian Rice today as he faces up to his gambling addiction with tremendous bravery. 

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Thinking of Brian Rice today as he faces up to his gambling addiction with tremendous bravery. It cannot be easy to battle these demons but there is professional help out there. Hopefully with proper support Brian can get through his issues and emerge stronger. Personally, I have huge respect and admiration for the way he’s speaking out because suffering in silence is NOT the answer as trying to cope alone can lead to deeper mental health issues. So stay strong, Brian, and take one day at a time. The way you are dealing with this disease should be an inspiration to others in a similar position.

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"It cannot be easy to battle these demons but there is professional help out there. Hopefully with proper support Brian can get through his issues and emerge stronger. 

"Personally, I have huge respect and admiration for the way he’s speaking out because suffering in silence is NOT the answer as trying to cope alone can lead to deeper mental health issues. 

"So stay strong, Brian, and take one day at a time. The way you are dealing with this disease should be an inspiration to others in a similar position."

Rice said earlier in a club statement: "Firstly, I would like to express my regret to the players, coaching staff and my friends and colleagues at Hamilton Academical for the lapse that has prompted me to voluntarily acknowledge breaches of the Scottish Football Association’s gambling rules.

“This decision was one of the hardest I have had to take but in a way also the easiest. I have made no secret of the fact that I have struggled with the disease that is gambling addiction in the past. The reality is I am an addict and while I have been proud of the fact I have been in recovery from this disease, a key part of the recovery programme is honesty: honesty to myself, and honesty to those who have and who continue to support me, including my family and my football family at Hamilton.

Hamilton boss Brian Rice cited by SFA over alleged gambling offences as he reveals his admission of 'disease'

“I wrote a letter to the Scottish FA self-reporting my gambling and did so as an admission that my disease has returned, in order that I commit to recovery. I have apologised to those at the club in whom I have sought counsel and I apologise today to the players, fans and colleagues I have let down through my gambling addiction.

“I accept that a breach of the rules will come with punishment and I accept that. The reason I am speaking out is to remove the stigma attached to this horrible, isolating disease, in the hope that those involved in Scottish football who are similarly in its grasp feel they can seek help and draw strength from my admission.

“After committing to recovery I cannot believe that I have found myself back in the grip of gambling addiction but this disease is not cured with a finite course of treatment. You are an addict for life and through my commitment to the 12-step recovery programme, I am confident I can stay on top of this disease one day at a time.

“I am eternally grateful to the club for its unwavering support, both seen and unseen. I have spoken to my management team and players and they have been great and they understand the reason for me speaking out today. It is my intention to atone through openness, honesty and togetherness.

“I look forward to a future founded on truth and commitment to recovery and it is my wish that anyone who feels vulnerable, helpless or hopeless in the grip of this silent yet destructive disease can come forward and seek help.”