Hamilton Academical 1-4 Celtic

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Scott Sinclair scored twice for Celtic and had several other chances to add to his tally.

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 handed Roberts a start in his latest spell at the club and he and Edouard contributed significantly to an approach that repeatedly ran Hamilton ragged.

The source of the opener came from 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 world of good for the Scotland midfielder.

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, with 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 scores goals and produced once again with a mazy run that resulted in the ball deflecting off a post before the prolific winger reacted 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 his 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 ahead of 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 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 ahead of their next European adventure.


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