Celtic player ratings vs Hamilton (A)

By John Reid

September 14, 2019

Celtic returned to league action against Hamilton after the international break, and it wasn’t a game that will live long in the memory. The Hoops started off well, and took the lead after only four minutes. Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi combined to set up James Forrest, who slotted home from close range.

The expected deluge of goals didn’t arrive though. The Hoops struggled to break down a stubborn Hamilton defence, which combined with a strong wind and artificial pitch didn’t make the game much of a spectacle.

James Forrest came closest to adding to Celtic’s goals with a second-half shot which was tipped onto the bar, but the game ended 1-0 to the Hoops.

It wasn’t the best of performances from Celtic to put it mildly. However, it is a sign of champions to win when you don’t play well. It is also the first time Celtic have won their opening five league games of the season since 2010 – when Neil Lennon was the manager.

Here are how the players rated as the Hoops earned a tough victory:

Fraser Forster – 6

Had very little to do in the game in all honesty. Did well to cope with what was very poor conditions at Hamilton, and managed to handle any high balls very well. Still, he will have much more busier days to deal with as Celtic goalkeeper, but will be pleased with his second clean sheet in a row.

Hatem Abd Elhamed – 6

Got forward on a regular basis, but had a much quieter game than he had against Rangers. Played well enough though, and has started his Celtic career well. Seems to be number one right-back as well, as he started ahead of Moritz Bauer.

Kristoffer Ajer – 6

Spent a fair bit of the game trying to get the ball forward, as he had so little defending to do in the first-half. Had a bit more to do in the second-half, but dealt with any Hamilton attacks well. A good performance in his return from injury for the Hoops.

Christopher Jullien – 6

Similar to Ayer, didn’t have much to do as the Hoops spent almost the entirety of the first-half on the attack. Again, just like Ajer, coped well with any Hamilton threat in the second-half. Suffered a head knock in the second-half but managed to finish the game.

Boli Bolingoli – 7

One of his best games for the Hoops, as he continued his good run of form for the Hoops. Spent almost all the game attacking, and put in some excellent cross which no one managed to get on the end of. Got the nod over Greg Taylor to start, so he is first choice left-back for now.

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Scott Brown – 5

Not his best game for the Hoops in all honesty. Started off fairly well but seemed to fade in the second-half as Hamilton got more into the game. The entire midfield seemed to fade in the second-half though. He will have better games for Celtic, and the Hoops still won the game, so he can be forgiven a bad day.

Callum McGregor – 5

Just like Brown, not his best game for the Hoops. Was too easily disposed off the ball at times when Hamilton got back into the game in the second-half. A slight surprise that he managed to last the 90 minutes, but Celtic managed to get the job done in the end.

James Forrest – 8

Scored his 50th league goal for the Hoops, and was by far Celtic’s best player on the day. Was unfortunate not to add a second goal when his shot was tipped onto the bar in the second-half. He has started off this season in excellent form, and looks like an early contender for player of the year.

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Ryan Christie – 6

A decent display from the Hoops midfielder. Found it hard to break through the Hamilton defence like so many of the Celtic attackers did. Had some decent touches though, and always looked threatening when he got the ball. Can be satisfied with his performance but not his best game.

Mohamed Elyounoussi – 7

An excellent debut for the recent loan signing from Southampton. Helped the Hoops get off to a perfect start as his cross was met by James Forrest who gave the Hoops the lead. Roamed all over the park and linked up well with his new team-mates. Looks to be a good addition to the Celtic squad.

Odsonne Edouard – 6

A frustrating day for the French striker. He started the game well with linking up with Mohamed Elyounoussi to set up James Forrest’s goal. Aside from that he was on the margins of the game, as the Hoops struggled at times to break down a packed defence. He will have better games for Celtic.

Substitutes

Tom Rogic (5) made his long-awaited return to the Hoops, but didn’t manage to make much of an impact on the game. Vakoun Issouf Bayo (5) has some nice touches in his cameo role. Jonny Hayes (n/a) come on in injury  time and didn’t have an impact on the game.