‘It could have been more than eight’

Manager Ronny Deila praised Celtic’s appetite and attitude after

hammering Hamilton 8-1

to move six points clear at the top of the Premiership.

The hosts were 3-0 up after just 10 minutes thanks to Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic.

Leigh Griffiths ended the evening with a hat-trick, while James Forrest and Callum McGregor were also on target.

“It was a great performance,” said Deila. “It could have been much more than eight.”

A string of Michael McGovern saves and an Eamonn Brophy consolation goal were the only bright notes for Hamilton.

“In training we have looked better and better and you could see what kind of tempo we can play at if we play at our best,” added Deila.

“We have played a lot of games and a lot of people were very tired, but now we have had less weeks where we have played some games and we have trained okay, and now you see more energy in the team.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

Griffiths goes home with the match ball after his hat-trick

“If they (Hamilton) look at themselves they will say they didn’t play very well, but we were good and that’s important to say.”

Hamilton have now gone eight games without a win and are above 11th-placed Kilmarnock on goal difference, this demoralising loss coming after the recent 4-1 Scottish Cup fourth-round defeat at League Two Annan Athletic.

“From us it’s totally unacceptable, it’s not going to be accepted,”
Accies boss Martin Canning

told BBC Scotland.

“When you concede in the second minute and then concede three goals in the first 10 minutes when you come to Parkhead you’re on a hiding to nothing.

“You’re looking for guys and leaders to go and stand up and take a grip of the team, and no one did that.

“I thought all over the park they were too passive. On Saturday, the fighting sprit against St Johnstone was different class. Tonight it wasn’t what it should be.

“One thing is for sure, our season won’t be dictated by what happens at Celtic Park. In saying that no one wants to come here and lose the way we did, it’s not acceptable, but we make sure now that as a unit we bounce back and we go again Sunday.

“There won’t be one person in that dressing room who won’t be hurting.”

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