Scottish Premiership
Hamilton1Celtic4

Hamilton Academical 1-4 Celtic

Media playback is not supported on this device

Scottish Premiership highlights - Hamilton 1-4 Celtic

Celtic took their unbeaten domestic run to 54 matches as they swept Hamilton aside to move top of the Premiership.

Accies could not cope with Celtic's speedy attacks and fell behind to a Stuart Armstrong curler before Scott Sinclair scored twice before the break.

Odsonne Edouard worked a one-two with Patrick Roberts before finding the corner of the net on his debut, and the upright denied Sinclair a hat-trick.

Alex Gogic headed in Ali Crawford's corner for a late Accies consolation.

This was a dominant Celtic display, peppered with creativity and relentless attacking verve.

Brendan Rodgers gave Roberts a start, and he and Edouard contributed significantly to an approach that repeatedly ran Hamilton ragged.

The source of the opener was the rejuvenated Armstrong, who cut into the box and curled a wonderful effort into the far corner. Resolved contract negotiations seem to have done the Scotland midfielder the world of good.

Celtic celebrate Odsonne Edouard's debut goal, his team's fourth on the night
Celtic celebrate Odsonne Edouard's debut goal, his team's fourth on the night

Celtic's fluidity and rotation in the final third was impressive, with players interchanging repeatedly leaving Hamilton defenders bemused.

Edouard made quite the impression, his pace in behind leading to the second. He held off a challenge before the ball fell to Sinclair, who made no mistake with a curled finish.

Sinclair produced once again with a mazy run that resulted in the ball deflecting off a post, the prolific winger reacting first to reach the rebound and slam home.

This was all before half-time.

It is pertinent to remember Celtic were without their main strikers, Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele. Edouard seemingly brings another genuine quality option for Rodgers in that area.

He drove at pace from a deep position, executed a one-two and found the corner to stretch Celtic's comfort. Moments later he smashed a header off the bar, though he had been flagged offside.

He then teed Sinclair up for a potential hat-trick, but the shot deflected off the post and behind.

The game was won well before that and from there the visitors seemed to drop a gear and conserve energy before their Champions League tie against Paris St-Germain on Tuesday.

Hamilton had come into this match on the back of a three-game unbeaten run after a positive start to the season.

They struggled to contain Celtic and, crucially, failed to hold on to the ball for any period of the game which played into the visitors' hands.

Any threatening moments were quickly snuffed out, with a lack of composure at the vital moment costly.

A consolation did arrive late on when substitute Gogic nodded home following a corner, with Craig Gordon looking at fault.

Overall, it was a night to forget for the hosts with the full-time whistle most likely a relief.

For Celtic, it was near perfect preparation for their next European adventure.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 2Skondras
  • 89Sarris
  • 5Tomas
  • 3McMannBooked at 24mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forGogicat 76'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 8Docherty
  • 30BoydSubstituted forTempletonat 80'minutes
  • 9BinghamSubstituted forLongridgeat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Gogic
  • 14Biabi
  • 16Templeton
  • 17Longridge
  • 19Jamieson
  • 21Donati
  • 22Lyon

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 5SimunovicSubstituted forBittonat 75'minutes
  • 63Tierney
  • 42McGregor
  • 8Brown
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forNtchamat 67'minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 49Forrest
  • 22Edouard
  • 7RobertsSubstituted forHayesat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 15Hayes
  • 18Rogic
  • 21Ntcham
  • 24de Vries
  • 35Ajer
  • 56Ralston
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,208

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away15
Fouls
Home10
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Celtic 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Celtic 4.

Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gary Woods.

Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Celtic 4. Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ali Crawford with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott McMann.

Attempt blocked. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. David Templeton replaces Steven Boyd because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alexander Gogic replaces Dougie Imrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Jozo Simunovic.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott McMann.

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Jonny Hayes replaces Patrick Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Olivier Ntcham replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, Celtic 4. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Xavier Tomas.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Greg Docherty.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Rakish Bingham.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Xavier Tomas.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Giannis Skondras.

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

Foul by Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical).

Second Half

Second Half begins Hamilton Academical 0, Celtic 3.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Celtic 3.

Attempt saved. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, Celtic 3. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic5410123913
2Aberdeen4400105512
3St Johnstone431083510
4Rangers42117527
5Hibernian42118717
6Hamilton52129907
7Motherwell420267-16
8Hearts411236-34
9Ross County410348-43
10Kilmarnock401337-41
11Dundee401338-51
12Partick Thistle400449-50
View full Scottish Premiership table

Top Stories