Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 1-2 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths and Emilio Izaguirre
Leigh Griffiths and Emilio Izaguirre celebrate the former's superb headed goal

Celtic inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Hamilton to reduce Aberdeen's lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to one point.

Gramoz Kurtaj's drive put Accies in front after four minutes at New Douglas Park before Celtic fought back.

Leigh Griffiths's free-kick from the right was prodded over the line by centre-half Dedryck Boyata.

Griffiths sent a looping header past Michael McGovern, although Ali Crawford went close for Accies.

Hamilton remain fourth in the table, eight points behind Aberdeen.

Celtic boss Ronnie Deila brought in Tyler Blackett in place of suspended defender Efe Ambrose, but Belgium international Boyata was at fault for Accies' opener.

He allowed Kurtaj to get goal-side of him 22 yards from goal on the artificial surface and the German's low angled finish gave Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon no chance.

Dedryck Boyata is alert to the free-kick from Leigh Griffiths as he knocks in Celtic's first goal
Dedryck Boyata is alert to the free-kick from Leigh Griffiths as he knocks in Celtic's first goal

But Celtic, who drew 2-2 with Turkish side Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday - refused to panic and, as skipper Scott Brown and Accies' Darian MacKinnon battled in midfield, the visitors imposed themselves.

Boyata scored his first Celtic goal in domestic competition when he beat past the flat-footed Lucas Tagliapietra to poke Griffiths' free-kick past Michael McGovern.

Five minutes later Griffiths out-jumped Ziggy Gordon and headed Saidy Janko's deflected free-kick home, his 12th goal of the season.

Gordon was fortunate to see a curling Dougie Imrie free-kick go wide after he missed an attempted fisted clearance.

In the second half, Tom Rogic stung the palms of McGovern and Kris Commons was horribly wayward with a shot after being set up by his Australian team-mate.

Accies went close to an equaliser when Crawford's curling shot was clawed away by Gordon and Carlton Morris knocked the rebound wide.

Celtic substitute Gary Mackay-Steven lashed a left-foot shot a fraction wide in the dying moments as the visitors finished the stronger.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 24TenaBooked at 57mins
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 6GillespieBooked at 44mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forD'Acolat 82'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forDochertyat 74'minutes
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forNadeat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9D'Acol
  • 15Sendles-White
  • 17Longridge
  • 21Docherty
  • 22Lyon
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 22JankoBooked at 36minsSubstituted forLustigat 76'minutes
  • 20Boyata
  • 2Blackett
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 15Commons
  • 18RogicSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 76'minutes
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forArmstrongat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 7Ciftci
  • 14Armstrong
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 23Lustig
  • 26Bailly
  • 42McGregor
  • 63Tierney
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,910

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home21
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Celtic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Celtic 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lucas.

  4. Booking

    Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

    Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  15. Post update

    Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alejandro D'Acol replaces Dougie Imrie.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

  20. Post update

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen108021710724
2Celtic107212591623
3Hearts105231714317
4Hamilton105141412216
5Ross County104331612415
6Dundee104331618-215
7St Johnstone104242117414
8Inverness CT103431112-113
9Motherwell10316813-510
10Kilmarnock102351020-109
11Partick Thistle10136613-76
12Dundee Utd10127920-115
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