Celtic defeats Hamilton Academical 5-0 to win 10th successive Scottish Premiership title as Odsonne Edouard fires hat-trick

Celtic defeats Hamilton Academical 5-0 to win 10th successive Scottish Premiership title as Odsonne Edouard fires hat-trick

Celtic defeats Hamilton Academical 5-0 to win 10th successive Scottish Premiership title as Odsonne Edouard fires hat-trick
Celtic defeated Hamilton Academical 5-0 to win 10th successive Scottish Premiership title as Odsonne Edouard fired hat-trick. Edouard was the top goalscorer in last season's Scottish Premiership before it was curtailed in March 2020, and he opened his account after just 20 minutes with a simple finish. Jeremie Frimpong extended Celtic's lead (31) before Christopher Jullien deflected Scott Martin's shot into his own net to give Hamilton hope (34). But Neil Lennon's side dusted themselves down and sped away from their opponents with a quickfire double nine minutes into the restart as Edouard completed his hat-trick with two one-touch finishes (49, 54).

There was still time for substitute Patryk Klimala to add a fifth in the final minute of normal time. Celtic's win means it is 13 in a row over Hamilton and also a 13th successive victory on the opening day of a Scottish Premiership season as the title favourites moved top and the team tipped for relegation prop up the division in matchweek one.

This is Academical's seventh successive season in the top flight and they are seldom anything other than relegation favourites, but time and time again they have come up with big results, including almost taking a point here last season as well as beating Rangers at Ibrox back in March.They made an encouraging start on Sunday as Andy Winter had forced Scott Bain into tipping over his long-range shot, David Moyo met Hakeem Odoffin's fine cross but he could only steer his header wide.

There was no Celtic debut yet for Vasilis Barkas, with the Greek goalkeeper signed this week from AEK Athens taking his place on the Celtic bench.Scott Bain started and it was a pretty familiar line-up from the champions with Greg Taylor shaking off the knock from last weekend's friendly. Mohamed Elyounoussi started on the left-hand side of midfield while Odsonne Edouard led the line. There were Hamilton debuts for full-back Hakeem Odoffin and midfielder Ross Callachan while David Moyo started up front today alongside teenager Andy Winter, who made his first league start. It was starting line-up with an average age of just 22 years.

The miss proved costly as after 20 minutes, Celtic took the lead when good work from Frimpong allowed Edouard to follow his pass into the box and last season's top goalscorer got up and running this term with a simple tap in from Greg Taylor's cross.Lennon's side were in a commanding position 11 minutes later when Callum McGregor found Taylor in space down the left, and the full-back produced a carbon copy of a cross from Frimpong to guide his shot home from close range.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon : "I'm delighted, it's a fantastic start to the season. We were a little bit passive for my liking in the first half but then we showed what we were about with pace, power and goals. "People are finding their feet a little bit but in the second half I thought we were really strong. I woke them up a little bit as we were taking too many touches and we weren't defending well but then they gave me everything I asked for."


Hamilton boss Brian Rice: "It's very difficult coming here to play against the champions, when you see the quality of the substitutes they can bring on. If I was Celtic, I'd be disappointed if you can't beat Hamilton on the opening day of the season. "I thought we spotted a weakness in their defence and we created a couple of chances. I think all their goals came from wide areas, so there's a bit of naivety from the young lads but we'll learn from this. Celtic are on a very different level to us so it will be difficult to judge me on games against them."

Player Ratings for Celtic
Bain (6), Frimpong (7), Jullien (7), Ajer (7), Taylor (8), Brown (7), Christie (7), McGregor (7), Forrest (7), Edouard (9), Elyounoussi (7).

Subsistitution: Klimala (7), Ntcham (6), Elhamed (n/a), Dembele (n/a).Hamilton: Fulton (8), Odofin (7), Hamilton (5), Want (5), McMann (6), Lewis Smith (5), Martin (6), Callachan (5), Hughes (5), Moyo (5), Winter (5).

Substitutes: McKenna (5), Ogboe (6), Trafford (5).

Man Of The Match : Odsonne Edouard.
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