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Scottish Premiership: Hamilton v Celtic – No Brown for visitors

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Summary

  1. Celtic are enjoying a six-game unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership
  2. Hamilton have won just one of their past 22 top-flight matches against Celtic
  3. Get involved #BBCSportscot

Live Reporting

By Andy Campbell

All times stated are UK

  1. Rodgers looks for Celtic quality to shine through

    Hamilton v Celtic (12:30)

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on Sportsound: “We’ve been in good form, playing really well. It will be tough today, competitive I’m sure.

    “This is always a tough game. They always raise their game. We need to match that and hopefully our quality comes through.

    “Tom [Rogic] had a slight issue with his knee but I would normally leave him out after he’s been away [with Australia]. We’re starting to get numbers back and that’s important for us. Olivier Ntcham will slot right in.”

    Brendan Rodgers

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    Image caption: Rodgers arriving at the Hope Stadium earlier
  2. Can Hamilton stop Forrest?

    Hamilton v Celtic (12:30)

    Celtic winger James Forrest has
    scored 12 goals in his past 11 appearances for club and country.

    Five of those
    goals have come in the past week during Scotland’s double-header wins over
    Albania and Israel.

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    Video caption: James Forrest: Five goals in two games for Scotland is unbelievable
  3. New face in Hamilton squad

    Hamilton v Celtic (12:30)

    Jan Mucha takes his place on the Hamilton bench today after joining the club yesterday.

    Goalkeeper Mucha, 35, has won 46 caps for Slovakia and has played in England, Poland and Russia as well as his homeland.

    Jan Mucha

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  4. Canning boosted by forward duo’s return

    Hamilton v Celtic (12:30)

    Hamilton manager Martin Canning on Sportsound: “We’ve looked at where we could improve. Different test today.

    “The concentration’s got to be there and we’ve got to make sure we compete. You expect Celtic to be in good form every time you play them.

    “Mickel has started the season well for us. It’s good to get James Keatings back in the squad as well. They can be lively.

    “You’ve got to counter well against Celtic. Hopefully they can go and have a good day today.”

    Martin Canning

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  5. Busy old Saturday

    Later, the other 10 top-flight sides are in action, there’s
    one Championship game and 15 Scottish Cup ties ahead of tonight’s fourth-round
    draw – more on that later.

  6. Scotland duo fit to start for Celtic

    Hamilton v Celtic (12:30)

    Scott McMann, Tom Taiwo and Mickel Miller are drafted in by Hamilton boss Martin Canning after the 4-0 loss at St Johnstone.

    Darian MacKinnon is banned after picking up six bookings, while Mason Bloomfield and Steven Boyd drop to the bench.

    Accies include new signing Jan Mucha on the bench, the veteran Slovakia goalkeeper having finalised a short-term deal yesterday.

    Craig Gordon and Kieran Tierney are fit to start for Celtic after missing Scotland’s double-header and Olivier Ntcham is back to bolster central midfield. Leigh Griffiths is among the substitutes after his latest injury lay-off but there’s no sign of captain Scott Brown or Tom Rogic.

    Kristoffer Ajer is recovering from the painful eye socket fracture sustained in the 0-0 draw at Livingston, with Filip Benkovic returning to partner Dedryck Boyata in central defence.

    Leigh Griffiths is back in the Celtic squad, having last played on 7 October

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    Image caption: Striker Leigh Griffiths is back in the Celtic squad, having last played on 7 October
  7. LINE-UPS from the Hope Stadium

    Hamilton v Celtic (12:30)

    Hamilton: Woods, McGowan, McMann, Kilgallon, Tshiembe, Gordon, Taiwo, Martin, Imrie, Bingham, Miller.

    Substitutes: Keatings, Bloomfield, Want, Boyd, Brustad, Sowah, Mucha.

    Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney, McGregor, Ntcham, Christie, Forrest, Sinclair, Edouard.

    Substitutes: Bain, Izaguirre, Hendry, Griffiths, Morgan, Hayes, Mulumbu.

  8. Hamilton out to end hoodoo

    Hamilton v Celtic (12:30)

    In South Lanarkshire, Hamilton are looking to do something
    they have never done – beat Celtic at the Hope Stadium or, as we traditionalists
    call it, New Douglas Park.

    Accies did beat Celtic in Glasgow in 2014 but you
    have to go back to April 1989 for the last time Hamilton had a home win against
    Celtic and that was at the former Douglas Park.

    Hope Stadium

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  9. Domestic football returns

    Hamilton v Celtic (12:30)

    After being awash with international football for the past
    fortnight, it’s back to domestic business today and there’s plenty to keep us
    busy.

    First up, it’s the visit of Premiership champions Celtic to Hamilton.

    Tom Taiwo and Callum McGregor

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    Image caption: Celtic beat Hamilton 1-0 back in August

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