KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 28, 2019
Timothy Weah received his first start for Celtic as they bagged a shutout win over Hamilton Academical to maintain their lead atop the Scottish Premier League standings.
Celtic 3-0 Hamilton Academical
Celtic will have to thank Hamilton Academical goalkeeper Ryan Fulton for his errors as the reigning league champions came away with the win at Celtic Park.
It was a special day for Timothy Weah as his performances in the team's past two games earned him the start. He went on to play 63 minutes before coming off.
The host came out in dominating form, but were unlucky to not to score as Fulton came up with some big saves to keep his team in the game, one coming from a one-on-one with Weah as he was able to get his leg to deflect the forward's shot away from danger.
However, Fulton would gift Celtic their first goal five minutes before the halftime whistle when Callum McGregor's long-range shot was fumbled and slipped through the legs of the goalkeeper before the ball ended up in the goal.
Hamilton were lucky not to concede a second goal as both teams returned for the second half when Fulton came off his line to clear the ball, but he missed his attempt to head the ball away, leaving the goal wide open. However, his defenders were able to track back in time to make the stop.
Celtic doubled their lead in the 77th minute when Fulton once again making himself the center of attention as he fumbled a cross in the area, allowing Ryan Christie to tap in the ball from close range.
Scott Sinclair rounded out the scoring 10 minutes later as headed in a cross from Mikael Lustig.
Celtic remain atop of the standings with 48 points, three ahead of crosstown rivals Rangers, and Kilmarnock.
Elsewhere in the SPL, Gboly Ariyibi started for Motherwell, playing 54 minutes, in their 1-0 win over Dundee.
In the Championship, Ian Harkes came off the bench to play the final 30 minutes for Dundee United in their 1-0 loss to Ayr United.