Hamilton Academical defender Markus Fjortoft has made a bolt comment by stating his side can match Celtic on Saturday.
Celtic travel to New Douglas Park this weekend looking to make it 10 consecutive wins over the Accies. Brian Rice’s men, meanwhile, have failed to win four of their opening five Premiership matches this season.
It’s been yet another overhaul for the South Lanarkshire side, with Rice finally looking to build his own team. So far, performances have been better than the points they’ve received for them.
But it’s clear Hamilton have plenty of belief heading into Saturday. Speaking to Accies TV, Fjortoft believes his side can play every bit as good as Celtic this weekend.
“The expectations are low, but we relish that. We went to Tynecastle and it was a tough-fought game. We did well to come back twice, This will be a different kind of game again, but we’ll give it our best go and I believe we can really match them well.
“We’re feeling pretty good about it. Going into the Celtic game, it’s the champions, so for us it’s a great opportunity to match ourselves against the very best.
“Any player at the highest level wants to see where they’re at compared to that.”
A match to relish for both camps
Hamilton have absolutely nothing to lose heading into Saturday. They’ve never beaten Celtic at New Douglas Park, and aren’t expected to do so this weekend. But they’ll be quietly confident that they can produce something.
Fjortoft’s comments about matching Celtic simply shows a player saying the right things before a game. He likely doesn’t mean matching Celtic possession-wise. However, he’ll be talking about trying to frustrate us and keeping the score level for as long as Accies can.
But Celtic must seriously be smelling blood here. Hamilton failed to score a goal against the Hoops last season. Meanwhile, the Parkhead side managed to rattle home seven goals in three games against them.
Yet, it’s not just their long 14-game unbeaten run vs Accies that should have us confident. Celtic have also netted 41 goals in 13 competitive matches this season. They have new signings looking to make their mark, and they come into this one on the back of seeing off title-rivals Rangers at their own ground.
Confidence should be as high as it possibly can be inside the Parkhead dressing room at the moment. Hamilton will do their best and work hard like they always do. But, the reality is that it’s all down to how Celtic perform on the day.
And, given their current form and situation in the league, you can’t see anything other than a convincing victory.