Hamilton Accies showed little in the way of resistance or shape as they were swept aside at Celtic Park last night. In truth the game should have been abandoned as Celtic inflicted an 8-1 mauling upon the South Lanarkshire side.
After as little as 10 mins, Celtic were 3-0 up. Leigh Griffiths wasn’t even among those early goals but his time would come.
Instead it was a Mikael Lustig header from a Stuart Armstrong free kick, a wonder strike for Nir Bitton from 30 yards and a despite taking a deflection, a nice piece of work from Tom Rogić to score the third. This was a busy opening period and Leigh Griffiths was keen to get amongst it.
And he did so by latching onto two passes, one from Gary Mackay-Steven and one from Rogić to score his first and second goals of the game. To complete his hat-trick, he robbed a Hamilton defender and lobbed the ex-Celt keeper, Michael McGovern.
This came after James Forrest had slotted home Celtic’s sixth after some unselfish play from fellow substitute Scott Allan. The massacre was completed by in-from Callum McGregor who smashed home number eight.
Hamilton grabbed a consolation in 73rd minute but they were very poor. Take nothing away from Celtic though, they were ruthless and as many match reports rightfully suggest, there could have been more goals.
For Celtic this was a very good night playing at home in front of their own fans and Ronny Deila will be delighted. As I said yesterday, positive displays have been seldom seen at Celtic Park this season but that was satisfying for everyone with the exception of Hamilton Accies.
Tougher games lie ahead but it was good to see what can be done when you are in the mood and playing with a bit of confidence. Had this been earlier in the season, it could have been a different game but this was an example of teams at polar opposites in the Scottish Premiership.
Next up is St Johnstone who will pose a different threat. For now, the six point lead is restored and Celtic go marching on.