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Clive Lindsay

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  1. Post update

    Thanks for your company today as Celtic moved three points ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership. Join us again on Thursday, when Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle meet at Tannadice in their pursuit of European qualification.

  2. John Guidetti's future

    Celtic scorer John Guidetti was playing it coy when asked about reported interest from Marseille in signing him at the end of the season, when his contract with parent club Manchester City comes to an end.

    The Scottish champions are also interested in retaining his services.

    "I just want to stay focused on being here and going for all the trophies we can," he told reporter Chris McLaughlin.

    "We will see what happens at the end of the season."

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    You can now read Richard Wilson's match report from Celtic Park here.

  4. Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It was difficult, but I thought for the first hour we were well in the game.

    "Celtic dominated possession, but that was always going to be the case when you come here.

    "When you lose the first goal, it becomes difficult and then you lose three players, including myself through injury, these things mount up.

    "The disappointing thing was losing four goals as I don't think there were four goals in the game."

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    We'll be hearing from Martin Canning as soon as the Hamilton player-boss gets out the dressing-room - and the team showers!

  6. Jason Denayer injury update

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila has eased fears about Jason Denayer ahead of Thursday's showdown with Inter Milan. The on-loan Manchester City defender was apparently taken off at half-time simply as a precaution because he had a touch of cramp.

  7. Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I'm delighted. Good game, more than 70% possession and Hamilton did not have one finish.

    "But they are hard to play against when they play so deep.

    "We created chances in the first half and, in the end, we won in a good way.

    "We are looking forward to going to Milan. It is a tough task, but everything is possible and I see an opportunity there.

    "We have to find that balance between attacking and defending because we need to score there."

  8. Post update

    As for Hamilton, they remain fifth and Dundee United's defeat yesterday means Accies are still only four points behind the Tannadice side. However, that's eight games without a win since Martin Canning took over as player-manager and Dundee and St Johnstone are edging closer to them in the battle to finish in the top six.

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    John Guidetti and Kris Commons celebrate
    Image caption: John Guidetti and Kris Commons both scored against Hamilton
  10. Post update

    One worry for Celtic ahead of Thursday's Europa League tie could be the departure of Jason Denayer at half-time. There's no news yet about whether the on-loan Manchester City defender was injured.

  11. Post update

    As for the league, that is Celtic's seventh straight Premiership victory and it lifts the Glasgow side three points clear of Aberdeen with a game in hand ahead of next Sunday's meeting of the top two sides at the same venue.

  12. Post update

    All four goals came in the final 33 minutes and, despite Kris Commons' double, the star man was Virgil van Dijk, who powered forward from defence to create three of the four goals.

  13. Post update

    Celtic head to the San Siro in fine fettle for the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against Inter Milan after a convincing victory.


    Celtic 4-0 Hamilton Academical

  15. Post update

    The game is just petering out now as Celtic stroll to another three points and, as a result, move clear of second-top Aberdeen once more.

  16. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Bonner

    "Celtic just upped the tempo for 15 minutes and will be delighted to get this one out of the way and look forward to bigger games coming up."

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    John Guidetti heads Celtic into a 3-0 lead
    Image caption: On-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti headed Celtic into a 3-0 lead
  18. GOAL

    Celtic 4-0 Hamilton Academical (Kris Commons)

    Virgil van Dijk causes problems with another forward run and Kris Commons beats Stuart Armstrong to the final touch to give Celtic a convincing lead.

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    MBEHAN: "The big question now is does Commons start against Inter?" He had certainly stated his case with that goal.

  20. GOAL

    Celtic 3-0 Hamilton Academical (John Guidetti)

    John Guidetti finishes off a fine flowing Celtic move after Stuart Armstrong finds Emilio Izaguirre on the wing with an excellent pass and the striker rises to finish from the cross into the penalty box.

  21. Post update

    A chance for Accies at long last after Nigel Hasselbaink earns a corner. However, Mikey Devlin is unable to find the target with his header.


    Two very good saves from Michael McGovern in quick succession keep the score down following strikes from Virgil van Dijk and Adam Matthews.

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    Kris Commons puts Celtic ahead
    Image caption: Kris Commons breaks the deadlock for Celtic after half time on his return to the side following injury
  24. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

    "At 0-0 and even 1-0, Accies were still looking sharp. At 2-0, one or two are beginning to look a bit leggy."

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    Celtic 2-0 Hamilton Academical (Stefan Johansen)

    Having gone close seconds before, Stefan Johansen goes one better as he pounces after Accies goalkeeper Michael McGovern can only parry Virgil van Dijk's stinging shot.


    Stefan Johansen, who has been looking tired after his fine run of form, nevertheless goes close as his effort strikes the post.

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    Busy goalkeeper Michael McGovern prevents Celtic extending their lead with a good save from John Guidetti.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila responds to that goal by bringing off James Forrest, the injury-troubled winger looking a bit ring rusty, and replacing him with Stuart Armstrong.

  29. GOAL

    Celtic 1-0 Hamilton Academical (Kris Commons)

    Just as Accies start to show a bit more ambition, Virgil van Dijk breaks forward, ghosts past a couple of challenges and, when the ball falls to Kris Commons, the man who has returned to the side following injury volleys home the opening goal from six yards out.

  30. Post update

    Accies make another change, with Ali Gordon coming off and former Rangers youth midfielder Darren Lyon coming on.

  31. Post update

    It is still Celtic doing the pressing, but they have yet to create a clear-cut chance since half-time.

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    Dougie Kinnear: "If Hamilton get any sort of result today, it will be superb! When's the last time we had a top of table six-pointer in March?" The neutrals, as well as Aberdeen fans, would certainly enjoy that more than Celtic's support ahead of that meeting of the top two a week today.

  33. KICK-OFF

    Will those changes to both sides have an impact as Celtic look to go three points clear at the top of the table while Accies look to end a run of seven games without a win?

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    A change for Celtic too at half time with Adam Matthews replacing Jason Denayer, with Efe Ambrose moving to centre-back from right-back. No news if that was an injury, but you would imagine that would be the case given the on-loan Manchester City defender's quality.

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    Accies defender Ziggy Gordon was apparently sick at the break after taking a knock to the head in the first half. Midfielder Louis Longridge is preparing to come on as his replacement, so that will require a bit of re-organisation by player-boss Martin Canning.

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    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

    "Defensive organisation and concentration have enabled Hamilton to thwart Celtic. The champions have dominated possession, playing with typically composed passing, but once the visitors came to terms with Celtic's overlapping full-backs, they held a strong defensive line. A lack of intensity has blunted Celtic so that their control of the game has been benign so far."

  37. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Bonner

    "It is a bit flat for Celtic. They have had lots of possession - up to 75-80% - but they've got to turn possession into goals. They just need a goal to spark them off."

  38. Post update

    Half way and job done for Accies so far as they have managed to hold Celtic to a goal-less draw. They haven't threatened much themselves, but they obviously have a game plan and would no doubt settle for a point now.

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes at Celtic Park
    Image caption: Here's one spectator who will be happy with the half-time score - and probably hoping for an Accies winner - Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

    Celtic 0-0 Hamilton Academical

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    John Guidetti slips past Accies' Mikey Devlin
    Image caption: John Guidetti has threatened on his return for Celtic, while Mikey Devlin has had a busy time back in the Accies defence
  42. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Bonner

    "Celtic's build-up play has been good, but their finishing has been very poor."

  43. Post update

    Another chance for Celtic and this time it is Stefan Johansen who shoots straight at goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

  44. Post update

    Kris Commons sets up John Guidetti, but the striker is unable to get enough power into his shot and it is saved by Accies goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

  45. Post update

    Virgil van Dijk finds the target with a header, but Accies goalkeeper Michael McGovern makes a simple save.

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    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

    "Patience has enabled Celtic to take control of this game. There were sporadic outbreaks of Hamilton pressure in the early stages, and Brown has had to twice muscle Hasselbaink off the ball, but Celtic are continually probing and pressuring the Hamilton defence, with the two full-backs overlapping incessantly. McGovern has twice rescued the visitors with agile saves."


    By the way, Accies defender Ziggy Gordon has gone in the referee's book for a foul on Kris Commons.

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    afc1974: "Big test for Dons next week. However, we are getting stronger, know our team, and have goals. Celtic will drop points too." That's a reference to the meeting of the Premiership's top two at Celtic Park next Sunday. Looking forward to that one - should be a cracker!

    Bunbeg Brian: "Commons would be 20-plus goals with a run in the team!" The Sportsound team were pointing out on the radioearlier that no Celtic player had contributed a Gary Hooper or Henrik Larsson-style total.

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    Emilio Izaguirre has a moment of madness with a wayward back-heel that almost presents Nigel Hasselbaink with a chance. Luckily for the full-back, captain Scott Brown is on hand to mop up.

  50. Post update

    Mikey Devlin does really well to clear as John Guidetti hesitates in front of the Accies goal when in a good position to score.

  51. Post update

    Celtic have scored within 40 seconds in their last two league games, so Accies have at least surpassed that.

  52. Post update

    Scott Brown does well to backtrack and dispossess Nigel Hasselbaink after the Accies striker threatens to break clear on the break.

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    A Nir Bitton strike is deflected for a corner as Celtic continue to press for the opening goal.

  54. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Bonner

    "Celtic are starting to dominate possession after a slow start."


    Michael McGovern to Accies' rescue again as the goalkeeper pushes away another John Guidetti headers following an Efe Ambrose cross.


    Accies goalkeeper Michael McGovern saves from a superb free-kick from Kris Commons that picks out the head of John Guidetti, but player-boss Martin Canning clears.

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    Paul Black: "Can see Celtic winning this by five or six. There's a drubbing for someone around the corner and I think it's gonna be today."

  58. Post update

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson says that Accies have lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation with new signing Nigel Hasselbaink up front.

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    Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning warms up
    Image caption: Martin Canning is still looking for his first win as Hamilton player-manager
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    Celtic wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year on their big screen
    Image caption: Celtic have celebrated the Chinese New Year with a message on the big screen at their stadium. It is the year of the goat/sheep. Will Accies be lambs to the slaughter today?
  61. KICK-OFF

    We are off at Celtic Park, where Hamilton are looking more like Inter Milan than the Italians themselves did on Thursday. Accies are wearing the traditional black and blue stripes associated with Inter, who wore their third kit in Europa League action.

  62. Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning

    Martin Canning has just told BBC Radio Scotland that he is getting more used to the balancing act of being both player and manager.

    He managed to fit in a rare pre-match interview this time, but it was still rushed.

    "Any team coming here know Celtic are going to be strong favourites, but we have come here and won before," he did manage to say before dashing back to the dressing-room after his warm-up.

    Asked why he had started new signing Nigel Hasselbaink up front in place of Jason Scotland, Canning added: "Hopefully he can give us goals and a bit of running power up front compared to Jason, who holds the ball up more."

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    bringthemonjpn: "See this as a very tight match, probably 0-0." That's a bold prediction considering the respective recent records of the two sides!

  64. John Guidetti's future

    Meanwhile, Ronny Deila was coy over a Sunday morning newspaper report suggesting that John Guidetti has been offered a multi-million pound contract by French top-flight outfit Marseille to join them in the summer.

    The striker is on loan with Celtic from Manchester City and the Scottish champions hope to extend his stay when he is out of contract with the English Premier League club at the end of the season.

    "It is not the last club we will hear about linked with him, but he should stay here," said Deila.

  65. Anthony Stokes' future

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been on BBC Radio Scotland explaining the absence once more of striker Anthony Stokes from the squad.

    Stokes was left out on Thursday against Inter Milan, having been disciplined for his late return from a trip home to Ireland.

    However, asked if the off-field problems were the reason for the 26-year-old sitting in the stand again, Deila said: "Stokesey has things to improve on and he knows that - and it is football things. I believe in Stokesey."

  66. Post update

    Accies give a debut to Nigel Hasselbaink after the striker was granted a much-delayed international clearance following his move from Greek football. He is joined up front by Dougie Imrie, who returns from suspension, while Mikey Devlin is in central defence in place of the suspended Jesus Garcia Tena. The other two to drop out are Danny Redmond and Jason Scotland.

  67. Post update

    Fit-again Kris Commons returns for Celtic, with James Forrest also being deemed fit to join him in the home midfield, while John Guidetti takes the place of Leigh Griffiths up front after his midweek goal against Inter Milan as a substitute. Efe Ambrose replaces the injured Adam Matthews at right-back, while recent signings Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven are the others to drop out.

  68. Post update

    Celtic make four changes to their starting line-up, while Accies make three.

  69. LINE-UPS

    Celtic: Gordon; Ambrose, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Commons, Johansen, Forrest; Guidetti. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Griffiths, Wakaso, Henderson.

    Hamilton Academical: McGovern, Gordon, Hendrie, Devlin, Canning, Gillespie, Imrie, Routledge, Crawford, Hasselbaink, MacKinnon. Subs: Scotland, Lyon, Longridge, Brophy, Redmond, Tagliapietra, Hill.

    Referee: Brian Colvin

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  71. Post update

    Hamilton arrive with few giving them a prayer considering they have gone seven games without a victory since Martin Canning succeeded Norwich City-bound Alex Neil as player-manager. However, they did win 1-0 at Celtic Park in October, so it is not an impossible task if they can recapture their previous form - but that is a big if!

  72. Post update

    Celtic extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with a stirring fightback in Glasgow on Thursday that kept their chances of Europa League progress alive with a 3-3 draw against Inter Milan. But how much will that effort have taken out the Celtic team? It has, as expected, persuaded manager Ronny Deila to freshen up his starting line-up - more of that later.

  73. Post update

    Welcome to our live coverage of today's coverage of the weekend's final Scottish Premiership game as leaders Celtic host Hamilton Academical. Aberdeen again pegged back the reigning champions with their impressive 3-0 win over St Mirren yesterday, but Celtic can re-establish their three-point advantage with a game in hand should they win this afternoon.