Leigh Griffiths claimed a hat-trick as Celtic inflicted an eight-goal thrashing on Hamilton at Celtic Park.

Ronny Deila's side scored five times in the opening half, Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic putting them 3-0 ahead after a mere 10 minutes.

Griffiths completed his hat-trick after the break, with James Forrest also scoring to make it six.

Eamonn Brophy scored Hamilton's goal to make it 7-1 before Callum McGregor drove in number eight.

It was Celtic's biggest win since their 9-0 victory over Aberdeen in November 2010, and means the Scottish Premiership leaders are six points clear of second-placed Aberdeen.

Hamilton were deeply fortunate that it was not a whole lot worse. Eight goals could have been 12 or 14 - and that is no exaggeration. Michael McGovern made some decent saves in the Hamilton goal and Celtic wasted a few other opportunities.

McGovern was Hamilton's best player. In truth, along with the substitute Brophy, he was their only player. The rest were soft touches; easy prey to Celtic's vultures.

The rhythm of the evening was established after just 51 seconds when Griffiths had a shot hacked off the line. So lax in that moment, Hamilton did not - or could not - learn the lesson.

Lustig, standing free three yards out, nodded in a Stuart Armstrong free-kick. Bitton thundered in the second from 30 yards and Rogic's shot went in off Michael Devlin for the third.

The game was just 10 minutes old and Hamilton had lost the plot. Their defending was an abomination, their wastefulness in possession the source of so many of their problems.

Celtic were sharp and relentless - the measure of Hamilton's nightmares. Yet another miscued Hamilton pass found Gary Mackay-Steven, who ran hard and played in Griffiths, who, unsurprisingly, scored.

Hamilton's Lucas Tagliapietra (left) and Michael McGovern

Hamilton were brushed aside at Celtic Park

The fifth was, again, painfully easy. Rogic slid a cross along the floor into the six-yard box, Hamilton tried to play offside and got it horrendously wrong and Griffiths tapped in.

Deila brought on Forrest and Scott Allan at the break and the latter set up the former for the sixth. As wretched as Hamilton were, some of the stuff that Celtic played in tearing them to ribbons was pretty smart.

It helps, of course, when your opponent is all at sea. When Devlin dallied at the back, Griffiths ransacked him of the ball and then gently lobbed McGovern for 7-0.

A surging run and goal from Brophy briefly halted Celtic's procession, but McGregor thumped in the eighth late on.

Celtic cruise on merrily at the top. Hamilton, in 10th, continue to sink like a stone.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Gordon
  • 23 Lustig
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 05 Simunovic (Forrest - 45' )
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 06 Bitton
  • 42 McGregor
  • 16 Mackay-Steven
  • 18 Rogic (Allan - 45' )
  • 14 Armstrong
  • 09 Griffiths (Cole - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Ciftci
  • 15 Commons
  • 19 Allan
  • 24 Cole
  • 26 Bailly
  • 49 Forrest
  • 63 Tierney

Hamilton Academical

  • 01 McGovern
  • 02 Gordon
  • 04 Devlin
  • 44 De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 03 Kurakins
  • 18 MacKinnon
  • 21 Docherty
  • 06 Gillespie (Lyon - 84' )
  • 12 Kurtaj (Imrie - 45' )
  • 11 Crawford
  • 09 D'Acol (Brophy - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Imrie
  • 14 Morris
  • 20 Brophy
  • 22 Lyon
  • 24 Tena
  • 26 Martin
  • 27 Nade
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 45,659

Match Stats

Possession

70 30

Shots

30 6

On target

15 2

Corners

8 0

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 8, Hamilton Academical 1.

90:00 +0:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 8, Hamilton Academical 1.

88:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 8, Hamilton Academical 1. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.

87:43

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Darren Lyon.

83:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Darren Lyon replaces Grant Gillespie.

81:52

Foul by Scott Allan (Celtic).

81:52

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:11

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:57

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

76:49

Attempt blocked. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:27

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

72:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 7, Hamilton Academical 1. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Docherty.

71:01

Foul by Carlton Cole (Celtic).

71:01

Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:14

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

67:30

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:30

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

65:53

Attempt missed. Scott Allan (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

65:26

Attempt blocked. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

64:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Carlton Cole replaces Leigh Griffiths.

64:12

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

64:00

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

63:16

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

62:30

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

60:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Alejandro D'Acol.

60:34

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

60:25

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:00

Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:52

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

59:03

Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:03

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

57:50

Attempt blocked. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:00

Scott Allan (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:51

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

53:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 7, Hamilton Academical 0. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

52:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 6, Hamilton Academical 0. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Jozo Simunovic.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Scott Allan replaces Tomas Rogic because of an injury.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

45:00

Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:55

Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

44:33

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

42:14

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:14

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

40:19

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

40:19

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:48

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

39:33

Attempt saved. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

34:27

Attempt saved. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 5, Hamilton Academical 0. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

32:26

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

30:32

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:41

Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

25:33

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

24:52

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

23:54

Hand ball by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

21:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 4, Hamilton Academical 0. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Mackay-Steven.

18:31

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

18:22

Attempt blocked. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

17:30

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:50

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:51

Attempt missed. Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

12:08

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

11:59

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

11:18

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:18

Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

9:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 3, Hamilton Academical 0. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

9:11

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic).

9:11

Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

7:13

Attempt missed. Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

3:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 1, Hamilton Academical 0. Mikael Lustig (Celtic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong with a cross.

2:28

Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:28

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

1:28

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

1:03

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

0:52

Attempt saved. Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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