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Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring their fifth goal of the game.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring their fifth goal of the game.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring their fifth goal of the game.

Striker Leigh Griffiths helped himself to a hat-trick as Celtic thrashed hapless Hamilton 8-1 at Parkhead to go six points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

It was a spectacular first-half performance from the home side who were three goals ahead after just 10 minutes thanks to stand-in skipper Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton and fellow midfielder Tom Rogic before in-form Griffiths notched a double before the interval.

Half-time substitute James Forrest scored eight minutes into the second-half before Griffiths grabbed his third and Celtic's seventh with Callum McGregor making it eight right at the end.

Before that Hamilton's second-half substitute Eamonn Brophy got goal on the break as a consolation for the abject New Douglas Park side who have now gone eight games without a win and are above 11th-placed Kilmarnock on goal difference.


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