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By Martin Watt
Celtic toiled over Hamilton Academical into a slender win to keep their start.
James Forrest converted debutant Mohamed Elyounoussi’s cross early in a first half dominated by the people.
Scotland winger Forrest crashed a shot off the crossbar following the break but Hamilton grew in belief and goal.
They made life difficult for the champions and had a few half chances but Celtic held firm.
The consecutive league victory for Neil Lennon’s side leaves them six points clear from Rangers, that sponsor Livingston later on Saturday.
Sit eighth with four points ahead of the fixtures.
Accies director Brian Rice hoped for advantage by barricading his backline with five defenders, shielded by a layer of four midfielders, together with George Oakley given a lonely change up top by himself.
The effort to stonewall tribes lasted less than four minutes, however, since the champions chiselled a means through. A fantastic Odsonne Edouard lay-off place Elyounoussi free down the left and his cross was expertly tucked home at the near post by Forrest for his seventh objective of a productive season so far.
However, what seemed like a landslide soon turned into a trickle since Polynesian neglected to confuse their excellence.
Much like his team, Elyounoussi – a #17m winger who has landed on loan at Celtic from Southampton – started impressively afterward lost his way.
Despite possession Statistics of 73 percent in favour of the traffic, house keeper Owain Fon Williams’ gloves went untouched until he made an excellent save on to the bottom of his bar and away to safety.
The one-touch departure and combination drama from Lennon’s men, who were impressive in their Old Firm win at Ibrox was easy on the eye but straightforward to repel as Hamilton kept themselves in the game.
The hosts have been at nosebleed territory when Blair Alston mustered their first shot at goal only shy of their mark, the midfielder’s hooked push along his shoulder landing from Fraser Forster’s arms.
But they improved markedly in the second half, fraying Celtic nerves with a set of raids forward. Alex Gogic nodded wastefully within the box once there was a free-kick caught on to his mind and Alston had been just a couple of yards with the attempt following a surging run from Adrian Beck, on due to his introduction.
Marios Ogkmpoe also dragged wide while a header flashed directly.
Celtic were forced to sweat from the end of additional time, even when Ogkmpoe failed to connect with the driven ball across goal of Scott McMann, but ultimately Accies’ spadework was in vain.
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There has been a lineup of contenders at a display full of passing. Forrest and Ryan Christie have been the most prominent but they and their team-mates failed to maintain dominance and the tempo.
That down to Accies imposed themselves . The influence of Gogic in the role in midfield that was central caught they eye as did the exuberance of Lewis Smith.
But breaking up play, being the pillow before the central defenders and seeking to get Accies moving forwards, was sufficient for Gogic to get the nod.
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