Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 8-1 Hamilton Academical

Leigh Griffiths (second right)
Leigh Griffiths (second right) hit a hat-trick to take his Celtic tally to 54 goals

Leigh Griffiths claimed a hat-trick as Celtic inflicted an eight-goal thrashing on Hamilton at Celtic Park.

Ronny Deila's side scored five times in the opening half, Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic putting them 3-0 ahead after a mere 10 minutes.

Griffiths completed his hat-trick after the break, with James Forrest also scoring to make it six.

Eamonn Brophy scored Hamilton's goal to make it 7-1 before Callum McGregor drove in number eight.

It was the biggest win since the formation of the Scottish Premiership in 2013 and the biggest for Celtic since their 9-0 victory over Aberdeen in November 2010, and means the Scottish Premiership leaders are six points clear of second-placed Aberdeen.

Hamilton were deeply fortunate that it was not a whole lot worse. Eight goals could have been 12 or 14 - and that is no exaggeration. Michael McGovern made some decent saves in the Hamilton goal and Celtic wasted a few other opportunities.

McGovern was Hamilton's best player. In truth, along with the substitute Brophy, he was their only player. The rest were soft touches; easy prey to Celtic's vultures.

The rhythm of the evening was established after just 51 seconds when Griffiths had a shot hacked off the line. So lax in that moment, Hamilton did not - or could not - learn the lesson.

Lustig, standing free three yards out, nodded in a Stuart Armstrong free-kick. Bitton thundered in the second from 30 yards and Rogic's shot went in off Michael Devlin for the third.

The game was just 10 minutes old and Hamilton had lost the plot. Their defending was an abomination, their wastefulness in possession the source of so many of their problems.

Celtic were sharp and relentless - the measure of Hamilton's nightmares. Yet another miscued Hamilton pass found Gary Mackay-Steven, who ran hard and played in Griffiths, who, unsurprisingly, scored.

Hamilton's Lucas Tagliapietra (left) and Michael McGovern
Hamilton were brushed aside at Celtic Park

The fifth was, again, painfully easy. Rogic slid a cross along the floor into the six-yard box, Hamilton tried to play offside and got it horrendously wrong and Griffiths tapped in.

Deila brought on Forrest and Scott Allan at the break and the latter set up the former for the sixth. As wretched as Hamilton were, some of the stuff that Celtic played in tearing them to ribbons was pretty smart.

It helps, of course, when your opponent is all at sea. When Devlin dallied at the back, Griffiths ransacked him of the ball and then gently lobbed McGovern for 7-0.

A surging run and goal from Brophy briefly halted Celtic's procession, but McGregor thumped in the eighth late on.

Celtic cruise on merrily at the top. Hamilton, in 10th, continue to sink like a stone.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5SimunovicSubstituted forForrestat 45'minutes
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 6Bitton
  • 42McGregor
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 18RogicSubstituted forAllanat 45'minutes
  • 14Armstrong
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forColeat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ciftci
  • 15Commons
  • 19Allan
  • 24Cole
  • 26Bailly
  • 49Forrest
  • 63Tierney

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4Devlin
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 21Docherty
  • 6GillespieSubstituted forLyonat 84'minutes
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forImrieat 45'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forBrophyat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Imrie
  • 14Morris
  • 20Brophy
  • 22Lyon
  • 24Tena
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
45,659

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home30
Away6
Shots on Target
Home15
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 8, Hamilton Academical 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 8, Hamilton Academical 1.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 8, Hamilton Academical 1. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Darren Lyon.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Darren Lyon replaces Grant Gillespie.

Foul by Scott Allan (Celtic).

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Attempt blocked. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 7, Hamilton Academical 1. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Docherty.

Foul by Carlton Cole (Celtic).

Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Scott Allan (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Carlton Cole replaces Leigh Griffiths.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Alejandro D'Acol.

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Scott Allan (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 7, Hamilton Academical 0. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 6, Hamilton Academical 0. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.

Second Half

Second Half begins Celtic 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Jozo Simunovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Allan replaces Tomas Rogic because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic22164260184252
2Aberdeen22144437221546
3Hearts22117442241840
4St Johnstone219573531432
5Ross County2393113836230
6Dundee227873538-329
7Inverness CT227783032-228
8Motherwell2174102334-1125
9Partick Thistle216692128-724
10Hamilton2366112945-1624
11Kilmarnock2366112642-1624
12Dundee Utd2224161945-2610
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