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By Martin Watt
Celtic toiled over Hamilton Academical into a slender win to maintain their 100% beginning.
James Forrest converted debutant Mohamed Elyounoussi’s cross in a first half.
A shot appeared off the crossbar but Hamilton climbed in goal and belief.
They had a couple of half chances and made life hard for the winners but Celtic held firm.
The straight league victory for Neil Lennon’s side leaves these six points clear of second-place Rangers, that sponsor Livingston.
Hamilton, who have lost the last 10 encounters with Celtic, sit eighth with four points ahead of their fixtures.
Accies director Brian Rice expected for advantage in numbers from barricading his backline with five defenders with George Oakley given a lonely shift .
As the winners chiselled a means through, the attempt to Celtic lasted less than four minutes, even however. A Odsonne Edouard lay-off that was lovely place Elyounoussi free down the left and his cross was expertly tucked home at the near post by Forrest for his seventh goal of a productive season up to now.
However, what looked like a landslide soon turned into a trickle as Polynesian failed to cement their superiority.
Much like his team, Elyounoussi – a #17m winger that has landed on loan at Celtic in Southampton – started impressively lost his manner.
Despite possession statistics of 73% in favor of the visitors, dwelling keeper Owain Fon Williams’ gloves went untouched until he made a terrific save to trick Forrest’s thudding left-foot drive on to the bottom of his bar and away to safety.
Hamilton maintained themselves in the match the passing and combination play from Lennon’s guys, who were so impressive in their Old Firm win at Ibrox before the international break, was easy on the eye but comparatively easy to repel.
The hosts have been in territory when Blair Alston mustered their first shot at goal only shy of this mark, the midfielder push over his shoulder landing from Fraser Forster’s arms.
Nevertheless, they improved fraying nerves using a set of raids. Alex Gogic nodded wastefully in the box once a free-kick was caught on to his head and Alston was just a few yards large with the effort from the edge of the box following a surging run from Adrian Beck, on for his introduction.
Marios Ogkmpoe dragged wide from an angle, while a header snapped at Fon Williams.
Celtic were forced to sweat from the end of additional time, even when Ogkmpoe narrowly failed to associate to Scott McMann’s pushed ball across goal, but ultimately Accies’ spadework was all in vain.
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There has been a set of contenders at a display full of slick death. Forrest and Ryan Christie have been the most notable but they and their team-mates failed to maintain the tempo and dominance.
This was down to Accies imposing themselves . The influence of Gogic from the role in midfield that was central caught they eye , as did the exuberance of both Lewis Smith.
However, dividing play, being the pillow facing the principal defenders and trying for Accies moving forward, was enough for Gogic to get the nod.
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