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Celtic   2 - 0   Hamilton

Kris Commons celebrates against Hamilton
Commons showed sublime finishing against Hamilton in Glasgow
By Clive Lindsay

Kris Commons' stylish double ensured a win over stuffy bottom side Hamilton Accies that stretched Celtic's lead at the top of the table to eight points.

Accies went close with a David Elebert header before Celtic turned greater possession into a goal with their first effort on target after 42 minutes.

Commons' superbly controlled 25-yard outswinging drive flew into the net.

The winger pounced on a poor Elebert pass to score with another curling effort seven minutes after the break.

From then on, Hamilton had little hope of matching the 1-1 draw they achieved against the same opponents in January never mind record their first win at Celtic Park in 73 years.

And Celtic cruised to a victory in manager Neil Lennon's first game sitting in the stand as he serves a four-match touchline ban.

Gary Hooper was missing from Celtic's starting line-up with a knee injury following the midweek Scottish Cup win over Rangers, with Anthony Stokes starting up front.

Fraser Forster returned from suspension to take the place of Lukasz Zaluska in goal.

Nigel Hasselbaink and Jim McAlister came in for Damian Casalinuovo and Mickael Antoine-Curier for Accies as manager Billy Reid looked to tighten up and hit Celtic on the break.

But they were almost undone within seconds when Simon Mensing came close to turning a low Scott Brown cross into his own net.

Celtic were in control of possession, but they had no real pace to their build-up and Accies started to threaten at the other end.

A powerful Mark Carrington drive was deflected wide and a Flavio Paixao corner was headed just over at the near post by Elebert.

Celtic's chances were limited to dangerous crosses into the penalty box, with one just failing to find the head of Georgios Samaras and Stokes wildly missing the target with a volley from a difficult angle.

The breakthrough came after a Daniel Majstorovic header was deflected wide for a corner.

When the ball fell to Scott Brown, he teed it up for Commons, who struck a powerful swerving left-foot drive into the far corner of the net from 25 yards.

Both sides made changes at the break, with Thomas Rogne replacing the injured Majstorovic at the heart of a Celtic defence that had been untroubled by lone striker Hasselbaink.

The Dutchman was Accies' half-time casualty, David Hopkirk being introduced for the visitors.

However, their hopes of a comeback were delivered a blow before the new striker had a chance to shine.

Elebert played a slack ball across his own penalty area and Commons pounced to curl a drive high into the top corner from 16 yards.

From then on, the result was never in doubt.

Even an off-the-ball clash between Hamilton midfielder Gary McDonald and Celtic's Baram Kayal failed to lift the temperature.

Celtic had recovered their composure after last weekend's slip-up against Motherwell to leave Hamilton seven points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premier League.

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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 2-0 Hamilton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Commons 42
  • Commons 52

    Celtic

    • 26 Forster
    • 03 Izaguirre
    • 05 Majstorovic (Rogne 46)
    • 12 Wilson
    • 21 Mulgrew
    • 08 Brown
    • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung
    • 33 Baram Kayal yellow card
    • 09 Samaras yellow card
    • 10 Stokes (Forrest 69)
    • 15 Commons (McCourt 83)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 04 Juarez,
    • 25 Rogne,
    • 16 Ledley,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 27 Murphy,
    • 49 Forrest

    Hamilton

    • 01 Cerny
    • 06 McLaughlin yellow card
    • 25 Elebert yellow card
    • 08 McDonald
    • 11 McAlister
    • 13 Carrington yellow card (Gillepsie 66)
    • 22 Routledge
    • 27 Mensing
    • 07 Imrie
    • 18 Flavio Paixao (Crawford 63)
    • 30 Hasselbaink (Hopkirk 46)

    Substitutes

    • 19 Murdoch,
    • 05 Graham,
    • 03 Skelton,
    • 17 Crawford,
    • 24 Gillepsie,
    • 28 Hopkirk,
    • 99 Antoine-Curier
    Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 51,811
    CELTIC
    HAMILTON

    Possession

    • Celtic 62%
    • Hamilton 38%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 7
    • Hamilton 1

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 4
    • Hamilton 3

    Corners

    • Celtic 7
    • Hamilton 2

    Fouls

    • Celtic 15
    • Hamilton 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:54 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+0:56 Ali Crawford has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 89:32 Foul by Mark Wilson on Ali Crawford, free kick awarded. Ali Crawford takes the free kick.
    • 88:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Elebert on Beram Kayal. Beram Kayal takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:36 Booking David Elebert receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 86:51 Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie. Douglas Imrie takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:51 Booking Beram Kayal receives a caution.
    • 83:57 Scott Brown challenges David Elebert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:46 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Patrick McCourt coming on for Kris Commons.
    • 79:14 Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 77:12 Unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Emilio Izaguirre results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
    • 74:46 Grant Gillespie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:02 Gary McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.
    • 72:47 Emilio Izaguirre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McAlister. James McAlister takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:45 Georgios Samaras produces a mishit right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 68:05 The official flags David Hopkirk offside. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 68:05 Substitution James Forrest comes on in place of Anthony Stokes.
    • Correction - 62:57 Kris Commons concedes a free kick for a foul on Douglas Imrie. Direct free kick taken by David Elebert.
    • Correction - 62:57 Substitution Mark Carrington goes off and Grant Gillespie comes on.
    • Correction - 62:57 Substitution Ali Crawford joins the action as a substitute, replacing Flavio Paixao.
    • 62:57 Kris Commons concedes a free kick for a foul on Douglas Imrie. David Elebert takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:57 Substitution Grant Gillespie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Carrington.
    • 62:57 Substitution Ali Crawford on for Flavio Paixao.
    • 62:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Mark Carrington. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kris Commons, Mark Carrington manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:12 Booking Mark Carrington is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 59:49 Georgios Samaras is caught offside. Douglas Imrie takes the indirect free kick.
    • 57:51 Mark McLaughlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Commons. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
    • 57:51 Booking Mark McLaughlin booked.
    • 56:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Georgios Samaras. Simon Mensing takes the indirect free kick.
    • 53:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McAlister by Georgios Samaras. Simon Mensing takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:11 Booking The referee shows Georgios Samaras a yellow card.
    • 51:55 GOAL - Kris CommonsCeltic 2 - 0 Hamilton Kris Commons grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hamilton.
    • 49:33 Inswinging corner taken by Kris Commons, clearance by Mark McLaughlin.
    • 49:14 Kris Commons takes a shot. Blocked by Douglas Imrie.
    • 48:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Beram Kayal on David Hopkirk. Free kick taken by Mark Carrington.
    • 46:29 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the right by-line, save made by Tomas Cerny.
    • 45:16 Beram Kayal takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution David Hopkirk replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.
    • 45:01 Substitution Thomas Rogne replaces Daniel Majstorovic.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:41 The referee blows for half time.
    • 44:34 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 44:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao by Mark Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Mark Carrington.
    • 42:53 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 41:31 Assist on the goal came from Scott Brown.
    • 41:31 GOAL - Kris CommonsCeltic 1 - 0 Hamilton Goal scored by Kris Commons from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Hamilton.
    • 41:16 Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki played to the near post.
    • 40:41 Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Daniel Majstorovic takes a shot. David Elebert manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:34 A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by Douglas Imrie.
    • 39:53 Beram Kayal challenges Jonathon Routledge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Flavio Paixao.
    • 38:57 Sung-Yeung Ki delivers the ball.
    • 38:15 Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross.
    • 32:29 Mark Carrington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
    • 31:43 Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.
    • 31:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Flavio Paixao. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 27:34 Short corner taken by Beram Kayal from the left by-line. Anthony Stokes produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 27:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Kris Commons. Mark Carrington takes the free kick.
    • 26:46 Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Cerny. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:04 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Elebert.
    • 23:27 Flavio Paixao takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Close range header by David Elebert goes over the bar.
    • 23:07 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line.
    • 22:50 Mark Carrington takes a shot. Blocked by Beram Kayal.
    • 22:10 Anthony Stokes is caught offside. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:14 Foul by Beram Kayal on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. Mark Carrington takes the free kick.
    • 19:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Nigel Hasselbaink. Douglas Imrie shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 18:02 The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 14:22 Corner from right by-line taken by Kris Commons.
    • 12:56 Anthony Stokes sends in a cross.
    • 11:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Sung-Yeung Ki. David Elebert takes the direct free kick.
    • 11:47 Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, blocked by Mark McLaughlin.
    • 11:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathon Routledge on Beram Kayal. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:40 Centre by Douglas Imrie.
    • 6:09 The ball is crossed by Nigel Hasselbaink, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
    • 5:07 Douglas Imrie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:50 Anthony Stokes has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 0:57 Corner taken right-footed by Kris Commons to the near post, clearance by Flavio Paixao.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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