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  • Date:05 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Celtic Park
  • Attendance:51,811
  • Commons (41) Commons (51)

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Ali Crawford produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.


Foul by Mark Wilson on Ali Crawford, free kick awarded. Ali Crawford takes the free kick.


The referee shows David Elebert a yellow card. Beram Kayal fouled by David Elebert, the ref awards a free kick. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.


The referee shows Beram Kayal a yellow card. Beram Kayal challenges Douglas Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Douglas Imrie takes the direct free kick.


Unfair challenge on David Elebert by Scott Brown results in a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.


Patrick McCourt comes on in place of Kris Commons.


Centre by Emilio Izaguirre, save made by Tomas Cerny.


Gary McDonald fouled by Emilio Izaguirre, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Grant Gillespie. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.


Gary McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.


Emilio Izaguirre concedes a free kick for a foul on James McAlister. James McAlister takes the direct free kick.


Georgios Samaras has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.


(Celtic) makes a substitution, with James Forrest coming on for Anthony Stokes. The offside flag is raised against David Hopkirk. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.


Mark Carrington receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Mark Carrington. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kris Commons, clearance made by Mark Carrington.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Georgios Samaras. Douglas Imrie takes the indirect free kick.


Mark McLaughlin is shown a yellow card. Mark McLaughlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Commons. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.


The offside flag is raised against Georgios Samaras. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mensing.


Georgios Samaras is booked. Foul by Georgios Samaras on James McAlister, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mensing.


Kris Commons scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hamilton.


Inswinging corner taken by Kris Commons, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.


Kris Commons takes a shot. Blocked by Douglas Imrie.


Beram Kayal challenges David Hopkirk unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Carrington.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Kris Commons, save by Tomas Cerny.


Beram Kayal takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.


Thomas Rogne on for Daniel Majstorovic.


(Hamilton) makes a substitution, with David Hopkirk coming on for Nigel Hasselbaink.


Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.


Mark Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Flavio Paixao. Free kick taken by Mark Carrington.


Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.


Kris Commons finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Hamilton.Assist by Scott Brown.


Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki played to the near post.


Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line, Daniel Majstorovic takes a shot. David Elebert makes a clearance.


The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre, Douglas Imrie manages to make a clearance.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathon Routledge by Beram Kayal. Flavio Paixao takes the direct free kick.


Centre by Sung-Yeung Ki.


The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Mark Carrington. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.


Shot from long distance by Sung-Yeung Ki misses to the right of the goal.


The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.


Short corner taken by Beram Kayal from the left by-line. Anthony Stokes takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.


Kris Commons concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary McDonald. Mark Carrington restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Cerny by Georgios Samaras. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.


The official flags Georgios Samaras offside. Free kick taken by David Elebert.


Corner taken by Flavio Paixao from the left by-line played to the near post, David Elebert has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.


Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Douglas Imrie.


Mark Carrington takes a shot. Beram Kayal gets a block in.


Anthony Stokes is caught offside. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.


Unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Beram Kayal results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Carrington.


Daniel Majstorovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. Strike comes in from Douglas Imrie from the free kick.


Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, Tomas Cerny makes a save.


Corner taken by Kris Commons.


The ball is crossed by Anthony Stokes.


Unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Sung-Yeung Ki results in a free kick. David Elebert takes the free kick.


Centre by Emilio Izaguirre, blocked by Mark McLaughlin.


Foul by Jonathon Routledge on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.


Douglas Imrie crosses the ball.


The ball is crossed by Nigel Hasselbaink, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.


Douglas Imrie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.


Anthony Stokes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kris Commons from the right by-line to the near post, Flavio Paixao manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Celtic hand Lennon protection Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been given 24-hour surveillance at his home and was accompanied to training by a security officer after a suspicious package addressed to him was intercepted at a Royal Mail sorting office. The fall-out from Wednesday night's controversial Old Firm Scottish Cup fifth-round replay at Parkhead continued as news of the package emerged. The item, which was intercepted at a sorting office in Saltcoats, turned out to be a hoax, Celtic confirmed. Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "Clearly, this most recent sickening event in a long line of threats to Neil and his family is extremely worrying. "This demonstrates the intensity and pressure which Neil endures as the Celtic manager. However, he has coped with these issues incredibly well during his short time as manager, showing what a strong character he is. "Indeed, it is extremely sad that Neil has had to contend with such issues for more than a decade, both as a Celtic player and manager. "No-one in any walk of life should have to live their life in this way and those responsible should be condemned. "It goes without saying Neil and his family will continue to receive every support from the club. "We know Neil will also have the full backing of all our fans as he and the club did on Wednesday evening. While these events are very concerning, we would ask that they continue to back the club in this positive Celtic manner. "While the authorities and other commentators have taken a close interest in recent football events, we would hope they would give similar attention to also condemning such actions." The Celtic boss had clashed with Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist at the end of the 1-0 home win, which saw three Rangers players red-carded. Ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hamilton at Celtic Park, first-team coach Alan Thompson took over Lennon's duties at the regular pre-match press conference. Asked why Lennon had not appeared, Thompson replied: "Neil had a lot on his plate in the last couple of days and he thought it was right to stand out the way for a day or two. "He has had 24-hour surveillance outside his house two days in a row protecting him and his family and he thought it was right to step out of the way. "I spend a lot of time with him at work and away from work and I know how difficult it is for his family in Scotland and in Ireland. "He has been up here 11 years and he has had it from then until the present and will have it until he leaves. "I think it is important that he gets the protection and backing that we give him." Thompson revealed that Lennon had apologised to the Celtic board for his behaviour and had made up with McCoist immediately after Wednesday's match. Former Celtic midfielder Thompson said: "Neil apologised to the board regarding the events after the game on Wednesday night and the board have accepted that. "As soon as Ally and Neil saw each other after the game there was a handshake and an apology from both. "It was fantastic and they didn't just stay in there for two minutes after the game, the Rangers management were in there for a good 25, 30 minutes." Rangers chief executive Martin Bain claimed much of the tension around the cup replay was because two Light Blues players had been subject to "extreme verbal abuse" in the original tie at Ibrox which ended in a 2-2 draw. Thompson played down those claims, saying: "We can go back with counter-allegations but why should we? We are not going to bring ourselves to do that. "These things happen week-in, week-out, it just so happens at the moment things are coming out." Billy Reid did not consider Wednesday night's game at Parkhead to be entertaining but admits he could not look away. Reid, whose Hamilton side travel to Celtic Park, admits the cup tie was compelling viewing but not from a football point of view. "I am not going to say it was entertaining, it would be wrong to say that," he said. "But there was so much happening you couldn't take your eyes off it at times. "Is it a good thing? I don't see how that could be portrayed as a good thing. "People are paying good money to see good football. "There was a lot happening the other night but in terms of the game, both sets of players and fans will know it wasn't the best. "But it was all about winning the game and Celtic deserved to do that."

Formation:442Manager: Neil Lennon


Formation: 541Manager: Billy Reid


  • Fraser Forster
  • Mark Wilson
  • Daniel Majstorovic
  • Charlie Mulgrew
  • Emilio Izaguirre
  • Scott Brown
  • Beram Kayal
  • Sung-Yeung Ki
  • Kris Commons
  • Georgios Samaras
  • Anthony Stokes
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Zaluska
  • Efrain Juarez
  • Joe Ledley
  • Patrick McCourt
  • Thomas Rogne
  • Daryl Murphy
  • James Forrest



Match Report

Commons stars for Hoops A Kris Commons double in a 2-0 win against Hamilton at Parkhead put Celtic eight points clear of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The Hoops had struggled for much of the first half until four minutes from the break when the Scotland midfielder broke the monotony by volleying in from 25 yards after being set up by skipper Scott Brown. Commons capitalised on a shocking mistake by Accies defender David Elebert early in the second half to double his tally and put the pressure on to Rangers who have three games in hand ahead of their trip to St Mirren on Sunday. While Celtic were not at their best they still had way too much for the bottom club who were neat and tidy at times but who lacked any real conviction. Fraser Forster returned from suspension to take over from Lukasz Zaluska in the Celtic goal while striker Gary Hooper dropped out altogether to be replaced by Anthony Stokes. Accies showed two changes to the side which lost at home to Hibernian in midweek. Nigel Hasselbaink and Jim McAlister came in for Damian Casalinuovo and Mickael Antoine-Curier, with the latter dropping to the bench. Team news, though, was overshadowed by the attention on Hoops boss Neil Lennon who began a four-match touchline ban. The Irishman had been given 24-hour surveillance at his home after a suspicious package addressed to him was intercepted. The incident came in the wake of the controversial midweek Old Firm Scottish Cup fifth-round replay at Celtic Park which ended with Lennon clashing with Rangers assistant Ally McCoist after the 1-0 home win which saw three visiting players sent off. Lennon took his seat in the stand just before kick-off and his name was chanted by the fans at the start of the game. With less than 30 seconds gone Accies defender Simon Mensing almost sliced the ball in to his own goal from 10 yards as he blocked a cross from Brown. After the mayhem of Wednesday, it was a low-key start in comparison but in the 15th minute Hoops striker Georgios Samaras headed a Commons' corner from the right past the far post. Some of Celtic's passing in the midfield was sloppy as they struggled to raise the tempo. That slackness allowed Hamilton to gain confidence and they edged forward. After a decent passage of play midfielder Mark Carrington had a shot from distance deflected for a corner, from which Mark McLaughlin's header from Dougie Imrie's cross caused some panic and the SPL leaders were happy to concede another corner which came to nothing. Celtic slowly came to life and in the 28th minute Stokes should have done better with Charlie Mulgrew's deep cross to the back post but the Irishman cleared the bar with his volley. In the 38th minute the tireless Hoops' left-back Emilio Izaguirre raced on to a Stokes pass to flash the ball across the Hamilton six-yard box but Samaras could not get on the end of it. It was a slog for the home side but in the 41st minute Commons lit up the match with a wonderful goal. Ki Sung-yeung's corner was cleared away only to Brown who set the former Derby County player up 25 yards from goal and he sent a left-footed volley high past Tomas Cerny. Norwegian stopper Thomas Rogne replaced Daniel Majstorovic at the heart of the Celtic defence for the start of the second half while for Accies, David Hopkirk came on for Hasselbaink. The home side had a decent chance five minutes in the second half when a raking 60-yard pass from Stokes picked out Commons running down the right. The former Derby player got his shot away from inside the box but New Douglas Park midfielder Dougie Imrie had tracked back and blocked for a corner, which again came to nothing. But all of Accies' hard work was undone in the 52nd minute when defender Elebert took a pass from Mensing and passed the ball across his own box straight to Commons who, with some confidence, curled a left-footed shot past Cerny. The contest was effectively over and it look like becoming an afternoon for Celtic to improve their goals for tally. In the 70th minute Samaras failed to get on the end of a Mark Wilson cross which sped across Cerny, moments before Accies midfielder Gary McDonald clashed with Beram Kayal to have the home fans screaming in rage. The game petered out and the Hoops' crowd slipped away, safe in the knowledge that another step towards the title had been taken with minimum fuss.

Form Guide

  • Celtic
  • VS
  • Hamilton

Last Meetings

  • Hamilton
  • 1 - 1
  • Celtic
  • 12/01/2011
  • Celtic
  • 3 - 1
  • Hamilton
  • 02/10/2010
  • Hamilton
  • 0 - 1
  • Celtic
  • 30/01/2010
  • Celtic
  • 2 - 0
  • Hamilton
  • 26/12/2009
  • Hamilton
  • 1 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 25/10/2009
  • Celtic
  • 4 - 0
  • Hamilton
  • 04/04/2009

Top Scorers


  • G Hooper 13
  • A Stokes 8
  • P McCourt 5
  • S Maloney 4
  • S Ki 3
  • J Forrest 3
  • M Wilson 2
  • J Ledley 2
  • N McGinn 2
  • D Majstorovic 1
  • K Commons 1
  • G Loovens 1
  • D Cha 1
  • S Brown 1
  • G Samaras 1
  • E Izaguirre 1
  • T Rogne 1


  • D Imrie 2
  • F Paixao 2
  • N Hasselbaink 2
  • M McLaughlin 1
  • S Mensing 1
  • M Antoine-Curier 1
  • J Routledge 1
  • M Paixao 1



    • Total goals 76
    • Goals per game 59
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 9 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 9 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 33
    • Goals per game 16
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins