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Thursday 8 December 2016

Griffiths hat-trick as Celtic hit eight

Celtic 8 Hamilton 1

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring their fifth goal of the game.
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring their fifth goal of the game.

Striker Leigh Griffiths helped himself to a hat-trick as Celtic thrashed hapless Hamilton 8-1 at Parkhead to go six points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

It was a spectacular first-half performance from the home side who were three goals ahead after just 10 minutes thanks to stand-in skipper Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton and fellow midfielder Tom Rogic before in-form Griffiths notched a double before the interval.

Half-time substitute James Forrest scored eight minutes into the second-half before Griffiths grabbed his third and Celtic's seventh with Callum McGregor making it eight right at the end.

Before that Hamilton's second-half substitute Eamonn Brophy got goal on the break as a consolation for the abject New Douglas Park side who have now gone eight games without a win and are above 11th-placed Kilmarnock on goal difference.

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