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Summary

  1. Kris Commons scores two on Celtic return
  2. Johansen and Guidetti add to scoreline
  3. Celtic move three points clear of Aberdeen
  4. Celtic unbeaten in 11, Accies without win in eight

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company today as Celtic moved three points ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership. Join us again on Thursday, when Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle meet at Tannadice in their pursuit of European qualification.

John Guidetti's future

Celtic scorer John Guidetti was playing it coy when asked about reported interest from Marseille in signing him at the end of the season, when his contract with parent club Manchester City comes to an end.

The Scottish champions are also interested in retaining his services.

"I just want to stay focused on being here and going for all the trophies we can," he told reporter Chris McLaughlin.

"We will see what happens at the end of the season."

You can now read Richard Wilson's match report from Celtic Park

here.

Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning on BBC Radio Scotland

"It was difficult, but I thought for the first hour we were well in the game.

"Celtic dominated possession, but that was always going to be the case when you come here.

"When you lose the first goal, it becomes difficult and then you lose three players, including myself through injury, these things mount up.

"The disappointing thing was losing four goals as I don't think there were four goals in the game."

We'll be hearing from Martin Canning as soon as the Hamilton player-boss gets out the dressing-room - and the team showers!

Jason Denayer injury update

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has eased fears about Jason Denayer ahead of Thursday's showdown with Inter Milan. The on-loan Manchester City defender was apparently taken off at half-time simply as a precaution because he had a touch of cramp.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

"I'm delighted. Good game, more than 70% possession and Hamilton did not have one finish.

"But they are hard to play against when they play so deep.

"We created chances in the first half and, in the end, we won in a good way.

"We are looking forward to going to Milan. It is a tough task, but everything is possible and I see an opportunity there.

"We have to find that balance between attacking and defending because we need to score there."

As for Hamilton, they remain fifth and Dundee United's defeat yesterday means Accies are still only four points behind the Tannadice side. However, that's eight games without a win since Martin Canning took over as player-manager and Dundee and St Johnstone are edging closer to them in the battle to finish in the top six.

John Guidetti and Kris Commons celebrate
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John Guidetti and Kris Commons both scored against Hamilton

One worry for Celtic ahead of Thursday's Europa League tie could be the departure of Jason Denayer at half-time. There's no news yet about whether the on-loan Manchester City defender was injured.

As for the league, that is Celtic's seventh straight Premiership victory and it lifts the Glasgow side three points clear of Aberdeen with a game in hand ahead of next Sunday's meeting of the top two sides at the same venue.

All four goals came in the final 33 minutes and, despite Kris Commons' double, the star man was Virgil van Dijk, who powered forward from defence to create three of the four goals.

Celtic head to the San Siro in fine fettle for the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against Inter Milan after a convincing victory.

FULL-TIME

Celtic 4-0 Hamilton Academical

The game is just petering out now as Celtic stroll to another three points and, as a result, move clear of second-top Aberdeen once more.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Bonner

"Celtic just upped the tempo for 15 minutes and will be delighted to get this one out of the way and look forward to bigger games coming up."

John Guidetti heads Celtic into a 3-0 lead
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On-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti headed Celtic into a 3-0 lead

GOAL

Celtic 4-0 Hamilton Academical (Kris Commons)

Virgil van Dijk causes problems with another forward run and Kris Commons beats Stuart Armstrong to the final touch to give Celtic a convincing lead.

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MBEHAN: "The big question now is does Commons start against Inter?" He had certainly stated his case with that goal.

GOAL

Celtic 3-0 Hamilton Academical (John Guidetti)

John Guidetti finishes off a fine flowing Celtic move after Stuart Armstrong finds Emilio Izaguirre on the wing with an excellent pass and the striker rises to finish from the cross into the penalty box.

A chance for Accies at long last after Nigel Hasselbaink earns a corner. However, Mikey Devlin is unable to find the target with his header.

GREAT SAVE!

Two very good saves from Michael McGovern in quick succession keep the score down following strikes from Virgil van Dijk and Adam Matthews.

Kris Commons puts Celtic ahead
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Kris Commons breaks the deadlock for Celtic after half time on his return to the side following injury

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

"At 0-0 and even 1-0, Accies were still looking sharp. At 2-0, one or two are beginning to look a bit leggy."

Celtic 2-0 Hamilton Academical (Stefan Johansen)

Having gone close seconds before, Stefan Johansen goes one better as he pounces after Accies goalkeeper Michael McGovern can only parry Virgil van Dijk's stinging shot.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Stefan Johansen, who has been looking tired after his fine run of form, nevertheless goes close as his effort strikes the post.

Busy goalkeeper Michael McGovern prevents Celtic extending their lead with a good save from John Guidetti.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila responds to that goal by bringing off James Forrest, the injury-troubled winger looking a bit ring rusty, and replacing him with Stuart Armstrong.

GOAL

Celtic 1-0 Hamilton Academical (Kris Commons)

Just as Accies start to show a bit more ambition, Virgil van Dijk breaks forward, ghosts past a couple of challenges and, when the ball falls to Kris Commons, the man who has returned to the side following injury volleys home the opening goal from six yards out.

Accies make another change, with Ali Gordon coming off and former Rangers youth midfielder Darren Lyon coming on.

It is still Celtic doing the pressing, but they have yet to create a clear-cut chance since half-time.

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Dougie Kinnear: "If Hamilton get any sort of result today, it will be superb! When's the last time we had a top of table six-pointer in March?" The neutrals, as well as Aberdeen fans, would certainly enjoy that more than Celtic's support ahead of that meeting of the top two a week today.

KICK-OFF

Will those changes to both sides have an impact as Celtic look to go three points clear at the top of the table while Accies look to end a run of seven games without a win?

A change for Celtic too at half time with Adam Matthews replacing Jason Denayer, with Efe Ambrose moving to centre-back from right-back. No news if that was an injury, but you would imagine that would be the case given the on-loan Manchester City defender's quality.

Accies defender Ziggy Gordon was apparently sick at the break after taking a knock to the head in the first half. Midfielder Louis Longridge is preparing to come on as his replacement, so that will require a bit of re-organisation by player-boss Martin Canning.

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

"Defensive organisation and concentration have enabled Hamilton to thwart Celtic. The champions have dominated possession, playing with typically composed passing, but once the visitors came to terms with Celtic's overlapping full-backs, they held a strong defensive line. A lack of intensity has blunted Celtic so that their control of the game has been benign so far."

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Bonner

"It is a bit flat for Celtic. They have had lots of possession - up to 75-80% - but they've got to turn possession into goals. They just need a goal to spark them off."

Half way and job done for Accies so far as they have managed to hold Celtic to a goal-less draw. They haven't threatened much themselves, but they obviously have a game plan and would no doubt settle for a point now.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes at Celtic Park
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Here's one spectator who will be happy with the half-time score - and probably hoping for an Accies winner - Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

HALF-TIME

Celtic 0-0 Hamilton Academical