Full time: Celtic 5-1 Hamilton Academical
The goal was made by Jullien, who slipped a long pass into the inner-right channel. It looked like Hamilton had it all covered, but Klimala appeared out of nowhere to pounce on the ball, hold Hamilton and force a precise first shot into the far corner. It wasn’t the most elegant finish, but it was a triumph out of sheer desire.
OBJECTIF! Celtic 5-1 Hamilton (With Air Conditioner 90)
86 min A triple substitution for Celtic: Karamoko Dembele, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Patryk Klimala replace Frimpong, Christie and the hero of the treble Edouard.
84 min The game is starting to run out of steam – in part because both teams are tired, mainly because of the score.
80 min McGregor throws a nice pass to Christie, who takes it in his stride and is about to shoot when Hamilton arrives to concede a corner.
77 min Moyo leads 25 meters wide. Even at 4-1, Hamilton attacked enthusiastically for the puppies.
73 min Ogkmpoe’s shot is deflected behind – and he misses a good opportunity from the corner, sending a header from near the post through the goal and ending up with a throw-in.
71 min A double change for Hamilton as well. Ciaran McKenna and Charlie Trafford replacing Callachan and Odoffin.
69 min Fulton made another good save, beating Elyounoussi’s shot. Once upon a time, Wales lost 7-1 to the Netherlands – and Neville Southall was the best player on the pitch. Fulton has a mini-Southall today.
59 min Forrest cuts through the infield from the left and curls a nice shot to the far corner which is superbly knocked down by diver Fulton.
57 min Ogkmpoe should have received a second yellow card for that first contact. If he had controlled him poorly, even slightly, he still might have gotten a chance.
56 min Ogkmpoe suddenly has a 4-2 shot chance, but his first contact is a custody offense and his second is a Jullien foul.
55 min Ogkmpoe is booked for starting McGregor in the air, which prompted a brief exchange of views involving Scott Brown.
Celtic opened Hamilton with a superb move: Forrest shot the ball at Elyounoussi, who stabbed him to Christie. He opened his body to cut off a left-footed shot that was repelled by diver Fulton, but Edward reacted intelligently to direct the ball into the roof of the net.
GOAL! Celtic 4-1 Hamilton (Edward 53)
52 min Fulton is cleverly out of line to beat Edward to a deep ball. Brian Rice must be worried that things will get complicated for his young team. They don’t deserve to suffer a heavy defeat, but football doesn’t really care about that feeling.
It was another clean and clinical move from Celtic. Christie, just inside his half on the right, threw a defensive pass down the line to Forrest. He rushed for the ball, looked up and rolled up a precise low cross which was finished with authority by Edouard.
GOAL! Celtic 3-1 Hamilton Academical (Edward 49)
Ryan Fulton’s pulse has increased now.
48 min Lots of Celtic pressure early in the second half, but nothing changes Ryan Fulton’s pulse.
Reruns of Martin’s goal suggest that the original shot went wide, so it will likely be counted as an own goal from Callum McGregor. He hit him first, then Jullien before he dribbled into the net.
Mi-temps: Celtic 2-1 Hamilton Academical
Peep peep! Celtic deserve to be ahead, but a fearless Hamilton has fully contributed to an entertaining half of football. Two devastating crosses from Greg Taylor left Odsonne Edouard and Jeremie Frimpong with open goals, but Scott Martin – who trained with Celtic as a bairn before being released – brought Hamilton back into the game with an early contender to the goal of the decade. See you soon for the second half.
45 + 1 min Christie’s deep corner is met by another cracking volley from Jullien at the far post. This time he’s blocked by a Hamilton defender, as is his follow-up shot.
45 min Elyounoussi picks up a loose ball and hits a deflected long-range shot that is comfortably held by Fulton. One minute of extra time.
44 min Celtic zips the ball with growing confidence. Hamilton looks like he can take a break at halftime.
41 min Ronan Hughes has pulled something and leaves; Marios Ogkmpoe replaces him. Look at him with four consecutive consonants in his last name, thinking he’s special.