Three things we learned from Celtic's win over Hamilton

By John Reid

September 14, 2019

Celtic returned to league action after the international break with a game on Hamilton’s artificial surface. The game wasn’t exactly a feast of football. The Hoops won 1-0, the only goal of the game coming from James Forrest.

Celtic struggled to create chances in the game, which was played in dreadful conditions thanks to a very strong wind. However, the Hoops managed to get the win, their fifth in a row in the league, maintaining their 100% record in the process.

Here are three things we learned from the game as Celtic make their best league start since 2010:

Celtic performance the mark of champions

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It has often been said that it is the mark of champions to win when you are not playing well. Celtic did not play well against Hamilton, but still managed to get the three points.

The poor conditions, the artificial pitch, players out of form, all could have contributed to the Hoops dropping points.

But Neil Lennon’s side were able to get the win, which is a great sign for the season ahead.

Boli Bolingoli’s good run continues

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Boli Bolingoli had an excellent game for the Hoops in the recent win over Rangers. He arguably had an even better game against Hamilton. He was a constant threat for Celtic going forward, and put in a number of dangerous crosses. Bolingoli also seems to be first choice for the Hoops ahead of deadline day signing Greg Taylor. Taylor will have to work hard to get that shirt off Bolingoli.

Celtic’s midfield struggles

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It is interesting to note that after dominating the Rangers midfield at Ibrox, Callum McGregor and Scott Brown didn’t have the best of games against Hamilton. They struggled in the second-half in particular. Perhaps that was always going to happen after the international break, and after the tension and work of the win at Ibrox. However, the duo – if they are selected – will need to perform better when the Hoops take on Rennes on Thursday.