Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sinclair seals Hoops win

Hamilton 1 Celtic 4

Celtic’s Scott Sinclair celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at the SuperSeal Stadium, Hamilton. Photo: PA Wire
Celtic’s Scott Sinclair celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at the SuperSeal Stadium, Hamilton. Photo: PA Wire

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Scintillating Celtic moved top of the Ladbrokes Premiership with a Scott Sinclair brace helping Hoops dismantle Hamilton at the SuperSeal stadium.

Returning midfielder Stuart Armstrong opened the scoring in the 17th minute before attacker Sinclair fired two in before the interval.

Debutant Odsonne Edouard added a fourth to show the gulf in class between the two teams, although Accies substitute Alex Gogic, on for Dougie Imrie, headed in a late consolation.

Brendan Rodgers's men go one point ahead of Aberdeen, who play Hearts at Murrayfield today.

It was a perfect warm-up for Celtic's Champions League opener against Paris St-Germain at Parkhead on Tuesday night, where they will come in for a much stiffer test than the one presented by the outclassed Lanarkshire side in what was their 4000th league game.

With strikers Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele out injured - both could be back for the visit of the French side - Rodgers gave a debut to 19-year-old French forward Edouard, who is on a season-long loan from Paris St-Germain.

Hamilton were continuously pressed back but could only hold out until the 17th minute when, after a Callum McGregor drive had been blocked, Armstrong picked up the ball and eased into the box before curling a right-footed shot from 16 yards past Gary Woods and into the far corner.

The visitors' second goal came in the 29th minute after Edouard drove at pace towards the Hamilton box only to be tackled by left-back Scott McMann but the ball broke kindly to the supporting Sinclair and with some assurance he curled it past the despairing Woods.

Sinclair hammered in number three from an angle around two minutes before the break, after McMann's challenge on the Englishman had initially turned the ball against his own post.

Celtic kept pressing and in the 64th minute Edouard worked a one-two with Roberts at the edge of the box before going on to slip the ball low past Woods from 12 yards.

It was Gogic who finished the scoring when he headed in a Crawford corner with four minutes remaining.

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