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Summary

  1. Kurtaj opens scoring for Hamilton with neat shot
  2. Boyata levels from close range, Griffiths adds great header
  3. Celtic now one point behind Premiership leaders Aberdeen

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That will do from me. Thanks for your company this afternoon. We'll be back for Scotland v Poland on Thursday. That is a massive match. Defeat at Hampden and the Euro 2016 dream is over.

Mae sure you join us for that one. Cheers.

You can see all of the goals and talking points on Sportscene at 22:30 tonight on BBC One Scotland. Online highlights of Saturday's games will be available from 18:00 but you'll need to wait until midnight for today's match.

That's the weekend action complete in the Premiership and the headline news is that Celtic are just a point behind leaders Aberdeen, who were thumped at home by St Johnstone yesterday.

Dundee United prop up the table after their defeat at Firhill and Inverness CT enjoyed a derby win at Victoria Park.

The BBC Radio Scotland team are busy talking about the merits of synthetic pitches. Derek Ferguson thinks the surface at New Douglas Park is one of the better ones but concedes there are a few in Scotland that are not up to scratch. Big Pat Bonner doesn't like them at all.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

"It was just about hard work, staying in it to get the three points. We were a little bit lucky but we've been unlucky this season against Hearts, Kilmarnock and maybe Aberdeen. That's four times in a row that we've taken three points after Europe this season and that's good.

"The players are slipping all the time on this surface. I'm a fan of artificial pitches but there is something not right."

Hamilton boss Martin Canning

"We're disappointed we didn't take something. I thought we dominated most of the second half. We had lots of half-opportunities, without really creating a good chance. We've made a terrific start to the season and there are more positives to build on."

Leigh Griffiths has scored 12 goals this season
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It was a pretty special header from Leigh Griffiths for the winning goal today and it was his whipped free-kick that led to Dedryk Boyata's equaliser. I'm sure Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will be impressed but will it be enough to earn him a place in the starting line-up against Poland on Thursday?

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

"[On his prospects of playing for Scotland on Thursday] Chris Martin, Steven Fletcher and Jordan Rhodes all scored yesterday, so I needed to score today."

Hamilton battled away and got off to a wonderful start when Gramoz Kurtaj found the net with a lovely strike but they struggled to create openings after that and their long unbeaten record at home is gone. That's the first defeat on their own patch since 15 February.

FULL-TIME

Hamilton 1-2 Celtic

It wasn't pretty but Celtic got the job done and they move to within a point of Premiership leaders Aberdeen.

YELLOW CARD

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong is cautioned for time-wasting before a mix-up between Darian Mackinnon and Michael McGovern gifts the visitors a corner. That should be that, then...

CLOSE!

Celtic replacement Gary Mackay-Steven speeds away from Jesus Garcia Tena before lashing an angled strike inches wide of the far stick.

Four minutes of stoppage-time is signalled and play is stretched as Hamilton push men forward in search of an equaliser.

More daftness as Emilio Izaguirre squares up to Lucas Tagliapietra and gets a shove in the chest. The Hamilton defender is taking a risk doing that in his own penalty area but play goes on after another ticking off from referee Steven McLean.

Kris Commons loses his footing again as Nir Bitton leads a breakaway for Celtic and floats an inviting cross into the path of his team-mate only to see him on his backside in the penalty box.

Hamilton midfielder Dougie Imrie has run his race and we'll get a look at the Brazilian with the French name, who made his name in Greece - Alexandre D'Acol.

We're into the 80th minute and this game is still finely balanced. The second half has been very scrappy, with both sides giving the ball away far too often and lots and lots of fouls.

Celtic playmaker Kris Commons slips as he rushes in to meet a dipping delivery from Emilio Izaguirre and the ball pops up nicely for goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

More changes, with Greg Docherty replacing Ali Crawford for the hosts, while Celtic bring on Gary Mackay-Steven and Mikael Lustig, with Tom Rogic and Saidy Janko going off.

Hamilton bring on some serious muscle in the shape of striker Christian Nade. Carlton Morris is the man making way.

Another trip. Another free-kick. Jesus Garcia Tena's effort clips the defensive wall and goes out for a corner, which, in turn, is met on the volley by Dougie Imrie and lands in another post code.

Celtic make a change as James Forrest trots off to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong.

GREAT SAVE!

That's how to respond to a know-nothing text commentator! Ali Crawford curls a peach of a shot towards the far top corner and Craig Gordon makes a great leaping save to claw it away. The ball falls to Carlton Morris a few yards out and the striker can only knock his first-time effort wide.

I was building Ali Crawford up before the game but the Accies midfielder is having a stinker and he's lucky to escape a booking for a daft trip on Emilio Izaguirre.

A dreadful pass from Ali Crawford sets Celtic off on a swift counter-attack, which ends with Tom Rogic slipping a pass to Kris Commons who can only slice a shot wide when he should be making the keeper work from there.

YELLOW CARD

players squabble
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The foul count is really rising as it all gets a bit niggly and silly. Accies defender Jesus Garcia Tena is booked for a trip on James Forrest.

Celtic continue to look the slicker side as Leigh Griffiths slips in a pass for Tom Rogic and home keeper Michael McGovern fumbles the Australian's shot before gathering at the second attempt.

That's better from Grant Gillespie as his half-volley from 25 yards zips narrowly past the post, with keeper Craig Gordon at full-stretch.

The fouls keep coming as Grant Gillespie, already on a booking, careens into Kris Commons, who has had a quiet day so far. From the free-kick, Michael McGovern saves well from a Nir Bitton header but the Celtic midfielder was caught offside by the hosts' high line.

Now we have Ziggy Gordon and Nir Bitton clattering into each other as the Celtic man catches the stooping Accies defender on the head with a raised foot.

Some early argy-bargey for referee Steven McLean to deal with as he defuses a heated exchange between Dougie Imrie and Emilio Izaguirre.

KICK-OFF

We're up and running again. No changes in personnel.

As the teams emerge for the second half, home fans will want to see more from Dougie Imrie and Ali Crawford in the middle of the park.

There are sure to be a few more thrills and spills after the interval. Can Celtic secure the victory and close to within a point of Premiership leaders Aberdeen?

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Dedryk Boyata (left) celebrates his goal
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Just a note on Dedryk Boyata's goal. The big defender changed his boots moments before applying the finishing touch to Leigh Griffiths' free-kick. Not a bad way to christen the new footwear...

HALF-TIME

Hamilton 1-2 Celtic

It's been lively and both defences have been far from convincing. Gramoz Kurtaj shot Accies ahead but the visitors hit back with goals from Dedryk Boyata and Leigh Griffiths.

A good Superman impression from Celtic goalie Craig Gordon as he comes flying out to punch a Dougie Imrie free-kick. Problem is, he's nowhere near the ball. Luckily for him, it zips a few feet wide of the back post.

YELLOW CARD

Grant Gillespie is cautioned for a late challenge on Nir Bitton. The Celtic player was caught on the end of his toes as he pinged away a pass. Ouch!

Leigh Griffiths scores to make it 2-1
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That was a fantastic header from Leigh Griffiths for Celtic's second goal. He's a lot smaller than the Accies central defenders but he was up like a salmon on a pogo stick! Is he the man to lead Scotland's attack for Thursday's crunch meeting with Poland?