Scott Brown’s 92nd minute winner lifted the roof off Parkhead last night as Celtic claimed a dramatic win over Hamilton. The Champions looked set to drop points at home in the league for the first time this season when Marios Ogkmpoe slammed home a 90th minute equaliser, but Neil Lennon’s side managed to go up the park and regain the lead with seconds remaining which caused all sorts of scenes in the home end. Its fair to say you’re unlikely to see a Celtic victory against Accies celebrated like that again.
Celtic have put four past Livingston and Ross County in recent weeks, but fans who expected something similar last night were let in for a real shock and after speaking to a couple of fans after the game, they were full of praise for Accies with one saying “You deserved a point”.
With the Betfred Cup final against Rangers in mind , Neil Lennon made a couple of changes, but still fielded a fairly strong side with the likes of Ryan Christie, James Forrest, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor all starting.
Hamilton also have a huge game on Saturday against relegation rivals St Mirren, so Brian Rice handed David Moyo a first start as well bringing Will Collar back into the side.
It was a slow start at Celtic Park and despite the hosts dominating possession they failed to threat the Hamilton goal. However, just as soon as Accies were beginning to settle into the game they were undone as a slick move from The Parkhead side put them 1-0 up. Lewis Morgan ghosted off his man on the left and was found by Callum McGregors perfect pass. Morgan then took the ball and saw his shot saved by Luke Southwood, who could only parry it onto the foot of Ryan Christie and he tapped home the rebound from close-range.
Hamilton responded well with Lewis Smith’s effort from distance requiring a good block Nir Bitton, before Scott McMann raced down the wing and seen his low drive at goal saved by Fraser Forster. The second attempt fell to Mickel Miller who lost all his composure and fired his effort miles over the bar.
Oliver Ntcham should have doubled Celtic’s lead on the 38th minute when the ball fell kindly for the Frenchman inside the six-yard box, but he somehow he stabbed his effort inches by the post, although credit must go to McMann who done excellent to make life difficult for the midfielder.
Half-Time- Celtic 1-0 Hamilton
The atmosphere picked up as everyone around the ground had heard that Aberdeen had levelled at Pittodrie against Rangers.
There was a controversial moment soon after when Sam Stubbs rose highest from a free-kick and seen his header clawed off the line by Forster in desparate fashion, but was the ball over the line?.
On the 69th minute, Johnson managed to wriggle his way into the box before his effort came off the post with Southwood well beaten.
It was certainly set-up for an entertaining finish and the small amount of travelling fans from South Lanarkshire were certainly enjoying it. You could feel the edge inside Parkhead and Accies were full of belief.
Brian Rice went all out in the final 10 minutes as he took off a Will Collar and brought on George Oakley while it looked as if Neil Lennon was happy to take a narrow 1-0 win as he introduced Jermaine Frimpong and sacrificed an attacking option in James Forrest.
The finale couldn’t have been anymore dramatic. A long throw-in by Alex Gogic wasn’t dealt with by Celtic and it landed at the feet of Marios Ogkmpoe, who spun and fired beyond Forster. Hamilton raced over to celebrate with their travelling fans who were in bedlam thinking that they had achieved another historic result.
However, our hearts were broken as Celtic went up the other end and scored right at the death as Scott Brown picked up the ball before driving at the Hamilton defence and firing a low effort beyond Southwood.
Full Time- Celtic 2-1 Hamilton
I’m still gutted today about yesterday’s result. It was such a cruel ending and to be honest we deserved a point as we were excellent. Both goals were so preventable which was even more frustrating.
Saturday against St Mirren is a must win and if we replicate the same form from the Rangers and Celtic game we should be winning.
Forster, Bauer, Bitton, Ayer, Taylor, McGregor, Brown, Christie, Ntcham, Forrest, Morgan
Subs- Gordon, Frimpong, Jullien, Rogic, Johnson, Griffiths, Sinclair
Southwood, McGowan, Stubbs, Easton, McMann, Collar, Gogic, Martin, Miller, Smith, Moyo
Subs- Fon-Williams, Hamilton, Hunt, Beck, Cunningham, Oakley, Ogkmpoe
Referee- Alan Muir
Assistants- Alan Spence & Graham McNellie
Fourth Official– Grant Irvine
Goals- Christie(13), Ogkmpoe(90), Brown(90+2)
Yellow Cards– 0
Red Cards- 0