Scott Brown’s dramatic added-time strike gave Celtic a 2-1 win over Hamilton at Parkhead and put daylight between the Hoops and Rangers on the high of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Attacker Ryan Christie pounced to attain from shut vary within the 13th minute – his fourth in three video games – however the dwelling facet had been removed from their finest.
A dogged Accies facet continued to make life uncomfortable for Celtic and it appeared like they’d snatch a degree when substitute Marios Ogkmpoe bundled in an equaliser within the 89th minute.
Nonetheless, within the second of three added minutes, skipper Brown fired in a drive for a vital victory.
With Rangers letting a two-goal lead slip to attract 2-2 with Aberdeen at Pittodrie, Celtic at the moment are two factors away from the Mild Blues forward of their Betfred Cup last assembly at Hampden Park on Sunday.
Celtic prolonged their profitable run to 11 video games in all competitions because of veteran midfielder Brown and, though Accies have now gone 9 with out a win, boss Brian Rice may have been inspired by his facet’s spirited efficiency.
Neil Lennon had insisted he would area a robust facet for the match regardless of the looming last.
Within the occasion he made three modifications, two in defence, with Moritz Bauer, Nir Bitton and Olivier Ntcham coming into the facet on the expense of Jeremie Frimpong, Christopher Jullien and Tom Rogic.
Rice introduced in Will Collar, Scott Martin and David Moyo, the latter for his first begin since signing from St Albans in the summertime, as he appeared for a primary win since beating Livingston in September.
It was a subdued begin to the match earlier than Christie’s opener.
Midfielder Callum McGregor slipped in Lewis Morgan and, when his angled drive from the left was parried by Accies keeper Luke Southwood, the Scotland worldwide was first to react to drive the ball into the online for his 16th Hoops objective of the season.
To the irritation of their followers, the house facet allowed Accies to garner some confidence.
Hoops keeper Fraser Forster cleared a Scott McMann cut-back together with his foot earlier than ahead Mikel Miller blasted the ball over the bar.
Within the 35th minute Parkhead winger James Forrest curled a shot from the sting of the field simply previous the far publish then Christie and Ntcham missed the goal with efforts.
Celtic continued their dominance after the break however Accies appeared threatening of their sporadic counter-attacks and, within the 54th minute, Sam Stubbs’ header from a Miller free-kick seemed to be pushed onto the publish by Forster.
Mikey Johnston changed Ntcham on the hour mark as Lennon appeared for extra aptitude however it was the ever-dangerous Christie who despatched a left-footed drive simply over the bar after battling to retain possession, earlier than defender Kristoffer Ajer headed a free-kick from Christie over the bar from shut vary.
Johnston then struck the publish with a right-footed drive from 12 yards.
Forster needed to make a save from Accies substitute George Oakley after one other Hamilton break within the 88th minute after which Ogkmpoe shocked Parkhead when he equalised with a low drive from 10 yards.
Nonetheless, Celtic piled ahead in harm time and Celtic Park erupted when Brown despatched the ball previous Southwood.