Hamilton Accies vs Celtic: Match Ratings

It was what it was. Hamilton away. That pitch. Get in, get the points and get out hopefully without any injuries. Ratings from a day where Celtic played comfortably within themselves to take another step towards a possible double-treble. Aside from the 3 points a good workout for some of the lads who have been short of confidence, fitness or both.

 
Bain: Continues to do fine just fine and exudes a calmness that suggests he’ll be a good fit at Celtic longer term. Relatively untested again today particulrly after the red card but clearly the players feel more confident with Bain behind them than DeVries. With Gordon back it’ll be interesting who starts the cup semi. Not at fault for the goal – 6

Hendry: Progressing, though not a stand-out showing today. A few loose passes and looks less comfortable flying forward but then he’s more a centre-back than a full-back. Looks comfortable doing the defensive side though. Hooked at half-time for Griffiths though that doesnt’t necessarily reflect that he was especially poor, just not necessary to have him out there after the red – 5

Boyata: Struggled with Bingham’s physicality at times and the usual quota of slack passes and loose clearances. Looked fine second half when Hamilton were a nonentity in attack and had time and space to pick his passes but looks shorn of confidence and appears to have regressed from last season – 5

Ajer: Also struggled with Bingham and lost him for the goal whilst also conceding a couple of cheap free kicks. Still young though and strode forward from the back with purpose on several occasions to launch attacks. Loves a slide tackle. Not at his best today but continues to show more good than bad – 6

Tierney: Good to have him back, up and down the left flank all day and though there was a little rust a solid comeback performance. Drew the red card and always looked to get forward and link up with Sinclair. Important he got 90 minutes under his belt before next week – 6

Brown: Well, nobody attempted to neuter him this time so a rare assault-free weekend for the captain. Did the usual job that we all take for granted – he protected the defense and gave us a base to launch attacks from. Professional job today, maybe played slightly within himself – 6

N’tcham: Peripheral. Particularly in the first half. Came into it more in the second when space opened up but today was a microcosm of the N’tcham conundrum. He’s more than good enough to boss the midfield in a game like today but for whatever reason, he just didn’t. Showed some lovely turns and touches but needs to put all the individual parts of his game together and show some consistency – 5

Calmac: The glue – always there to receive the ball and takes up great positions, a selfless worker who often goes unnoticed but is vital on days like today. Got a nice goal and was bright throughout – 8

Sinclair: Benefitted from the extra space after the red-card but had been worryingly anonymous to that point. Second half he stayed out wide and was far more effective. Lovely cross for the winner and showed glimpses that his confidence may be returning. First half anonymous but second half encouraging – 6

Roberts: Slow to get into the game and was, of course, doubled up on and manhandled whenever he got the ball but kept plugging away, trying to create and showed some mesmerising close control. You get the feeling today was a big step forward in his recovery. A fully fit Roberts allows us another creative outlet and poses opponents an entirely different set of problems than Forrest or Sinclair  – 7

Dembele: Presented with a golden chance after just a few seconds which the Hamilton keeper did well to stop, it was another so-so display from big Moussa. Remains, by far, the best striker at the club but today was an off-day. Looked a little lethargic and struggled to get into the game. Replaced by Edouard halfway through the second half – 5

 

Subs

Leigh Griffiths: Much like Moussa was presented with a chance early on in the half but Griffiths planted his header firmly home. Again, a good rehabilitation showing from Griff – looked eager to get involved and took the goal well albeit a few other things he tried in the half did not quite come off. Back on the goal-scoring track but likely to be an option off the bench again next week – 6

Odsonne Edouard: Had about 20 minutes and put himself about gamely with little reward, the game had already began to peter out when he came on and tried to inject some energy. Interesting to see what happens with him this summer with mention of the buy-out fee not being as high as advertised – 5

Charly Musonda: A 5-minute cameo only really served to remind us that he’s still there. No need for panic on him yet, it will take him a while to get used to the level and to work his way into the first team. Not exactly hit the ground running but clearly eager to do well and he’s here for at least another year so hopefully there is more to come – Not on long enough to rate


Eoin Coyne is a dishevelled 30-something Dublin-based Celtic fan who is ambitious enough to have a leaning towards a team in pretty much every league, so special mentions reserved for St. Patrick's Athletic, Aston Villa, Nantes and Seattle Sounders – all perennial underachievers. He is also a season ticket holder for the Irish national team's games which means he is either a moron or the quintessential optimist. When not complaining about things he enjoys good TV, good or really bad movies, stand up comedy and his futile attempts to play 5-a-side to a competent level. Twitter: @fajlovesyerma


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