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Celtic 8-1 Hamilton Academical

By Tom EnglishBBC Scotland at Celtic Park
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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 8, Hamilton Academical 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 8, Hamilton Academical 1.

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Darren Lyon.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Darren Lyon replaces Grant Gillespie.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott Allan (Celtic).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Carlton Cole (Celtic).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Carlton Cole replaces Leigh Griffiths.

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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