A compelling 4-1 Celtic victory over title rivals Hamilton, saw the Bhoys go three points clear at the top of the SPFL Development League. Celtic were able to field a pretty strong line up that featured the likes of first team regulars Gary Mackay-Steven, Tyler Blackett and Scott Allan.
And consequently, Celtic dominated from the opening stages through to the final whistle. An early injury to Accies striker Ryan Tierney didn’t help the Lanarkshire’s sides cause any either. Celtic went ahead with an Aidan Nesbitt strike, before Ben Reilly equalised with a fantastic solo goal.
Nesbitt managed to put Celtic back in front just on the cusp of half time, and they never then looked like losing that lead from there on in. Mackay-Steven struck from the edge of the Hamilton penalty area for Celtic’s third, and Sam Wardrop sealed the win with a fourth just before the hour.
Celtic had the better of the opening stages, passing the ball about nicely in a style that the fans have now become accustomed too. Allan slid a great ball through two Accies defender’s for Aidan McIlduff, he shot from eight yards but was denied by an athletic diving save from Alan Martin.
Nesbitt had a fifteen yard strike blocked, then Martin saved again from a fantastic Mark Hill effort. The pressure paid off when the ball was played across the Hamilton eighteen yard line from wide. The ball was struck, Martin saved but couldn’t hold, and Nesbitt nipped in to put across the line, 1-0.
Then out of what seemed nowhere Accies defender Ben Reilly made a storming run up the right hand wing, cut inside and struck past Logan Bailly from fifteen yards for the equaliser, 1-1. Brazilian striker Alex D’Acol then struck inches over the cross bar from twenty two yards.
Allan showed a range of his skills after sending the ball into the penalty area from out on the left hand side. The delivery was cleared back out toward him, he cut inside and swept past three players before sending wide of the goal from twenty yards.
Then on the stroke of half time, Mackay-Steven curled the ball toward the Hamilton back post, Blackett got a touch on the ball, and Martin blocked. Someone else got a touch on the ball and sent goal ward, Nesbitt ran in and forced over the line for a half time lead, 2-1.