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Celtic recorded another league victory at the weekend and in doing so retained their 24-point lead over Aberdeen with a 2-0 victory over Hamilton Accies.

Familiar faces had also returned to the starting eleven with Stuart Armstrong and Cristian Gamboa starting for the Hoops, with Leigh Griffiths on the bench.

Hamilton for the most-part of the first half were grounded and disciplined making it difficult for Celtic to find a way to goal. Unfortunately, in the eighth minute James Forrest, who has been in superb form hobbled of with an injury after a bad challenge. Celtic never upped the tempo in the first-half with poor shooting and slow football which was for the most part complete domination without doing much.

Stuart Armstrong was very unlucky not to open the scoring for the Bhoys when he whacked the cross-bar from very close range, chants of ‘Sebo’ rang round the ground after the midfielder missed the sitter.

Celtic did  take the lead on the stroke of half-time with Moussa Dembele showing his class and ability. He turned ex-Celt Massimo Donati inside-out, made space then stroked the ball over Gary Woods into the far corner of his net from 25-yards – it was a world class finish.

Celtic looked a bit sharper in the second-half, going forward more frequently. Kieran Tierney drew a foul in the penalty area which resulted in Moussa Dembele grabbing his 15th league goal, making him the SPFL’s top goal scorer. After this, the game was never really in doubt. Celtic never really did step it up to a level which we have seen this season which was quite disappointing but when team’s sit-in so deeply and try and be strong it can be difficult to play a fast-flowing game.

Deep into stoppage time Craig Gordon pulled off a world class save, tipping Eamonn Brophy’s effort from close range over the crossbar, keeping another clean sheet. Overall, the phenomenal run which Celtic are on continues. The football may not always be exciting but we are winning games and dominating which is keeping us on this fantastic run.

Declan McConville

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