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Scottish Premiership: Hamilton Academical 1-1 Celtic

A goal from substitute Eamonn Brophy 17 minutes from the end earned Hamilton a point against 10-man Celtic.

A needless foul from Dougie Imrie on Leigh Griffiths brought Celtic a penalty, and the striker stepped up to slot home his 33rd goal of the season.

Dedryck Boyata was sent off for a last-man tackle on Accies' Carlton Morris five minutes before the break.

Michael McGovern saved a second Griffiths spot-kick, and Brophy's powerful strike rescued Accies a point.

They move above Motherwell into ninth in the Premiership table, two points above the relegation play-off place currently occupied by Kilmarnock.

Celtic extend their cushion at the top of the table to seven points, but Aberdeen can take advantage of the champions' slip-up by closing the gap back to four points when they host St Johnstone on Saturday.

Leigh Griffiths
Leigh Griffiths took his goals tally for this season to 33.

Hamilton were a world away from January's humiliating 8-1 thrashing at the hands of the same opponents, and very nearly took the lead through Ali Crawford.

Scott Brown lost out to Morris who put in Crawford though on goal, but he shot over the bar when he really should have scored.

Accies had settled into the game after an dominant opening period from the visitors, but fell behind due to a moment of madness from Imrie.

Griffiths was in possession but in an unthreatening position and only Imrie will know why he sent the Celtic striker crashing just inside the area.

The striker took the penalty himself and fired the ball right down the middle.

It was a crazy moment from Imrie, a point Mikey Devlin was presumably making as he squared up to his team-mate in the wake of incident.

Dedrick Boyata
Dedrick Boyata was sent off for a last-man foul on Carlton Morris

But suddenly the game was alight.

Boyata was sent off for a tackle on Morris. He tried to play the Accies striker offside but mistimed his movement and the forward was in on goal.

The lunging challenge ended a clear goalscoring opportunity just outside the box, but the Celtic bench - and their support in a crowd of 5,017 - clearly felt the tackle was legitimate and the defender had touched enough of the ball.

Manager Ronny Delia immediately reshaped his 10 men, replacing the returning Kris Commons with Charlie Mulgrew.

The flames continued to burn in the second half. Gary Mackay-Steven was through one-on-one with McGovern but could not finish, and Griffiths saw a clever effort fly just past the post.

Leigh Griffiths
Griffiths saw his second penalty saved by Michael McGovern

Then came another moment of controversy and another penalty. Ziggy Gordon was spotted wrestling with Mikael Lustig at a corner and referee Craig Thomson pointed to the spot.

Again Griffiths stepped up, but this time McGovern produced a fine, diving save to keep the outcome in the balance.

It was a costly miss because minutes later home boss Martin Canning introduced Brophy - criticised by some after celebrating his goal in the recent thumping at Parkhead - and the substitute had the desired effect.

Celtic failed to deal with a corner and when the ball dropped in the box to Brophy he smashed a finish high into the net to ensure honours were even at the end of a pulsating match.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2GordonBooked at 49mins
  • 4Devlin
  • 44De Lima TagliapietraBooked at 66mins
  • 22LyonSubstituted forBrophyat 70'minutes
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 80mins
  • 11Crawford
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forDochertyat 78'minutes
  • 3Kurakins
  • 7ImrieBooked at 85mins
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forDiabyat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 8Diaby
  • 9D'Acol
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 28Mandiangu

Celtic

  • 26Bailly
  • 23Lustig
  • 20BoyataBooked at 42mins
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 25Johansen
  • 16Mackay-StevenSubstituted forChristieat 75'minutes
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forMulgrewat 44'minutes
  • 19AllanSubstituted forKazim-Richardsat 86'minutes
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 14Armstrong
  • 17Christie
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 27Roberts
  • 42McGregor
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
5,017

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home26
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Celtic 1.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Oumar Diaby replaces Carlton Morris.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Colin Kazim-Richards replaces Scott Allan.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Hand ball by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Allan (Celtic).

Attempt blocked. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dougie Imrie.

Booking

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Ryan Christie replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Celtic 1. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Erik Sviatchenko.

Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Darren Lyon.

Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

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

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Penalty saved! Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic27195370224862
2Aberdeen26174545291655
3Hearts25128546262044
4Ross County27113134243-136
5St Johnstone26105114143-235
6Dundee2681083941-234
7Inverness CT258893336-332
8Partick Thistle248792428-431
9Hamilton2879123248-1630
10Motherwell2785143043-1329
11Kilmarnock2777132948-1928
12Dundee Utd2645172650-2417
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