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Oct 4, 2015 at 12.30pm UK at New Douglas Park
HamiltonHamilton Academical
Kurtaj (4')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Boyata (26'), Griffiths (31')

Result: Dedryck Boyata, Leigh Griffiths move Celtic closer to Aberdeen

Celtic close the gap on Aberdeen at the top to a point thanks to goals from Dedryck Boyata and Leigh Griffiths at Hamilton Academical.

Champions Celtic moved to within a point of league leaders Aberdeen courtesy of their 2-1 victory away at Hamilton Academical this afternoon.

All the goals at New Douglas Park were scored during the first half, with hosting Hamilton actually breaking the deadlock in the fourth minute.

Summer signing Gramoz Kurtaj broke into the Celtic penalty area and having been afforded enough space to shoot, the German midfielder got the better of visiting goalkeeper Craig Gordon with a low strike.

However, the goal sparked the away side into life and they drew themselves level with 27 minutes on the clock. Leigh Griffiths found Dedryck Boyata with a lofted cross and the centre-back was able to sweep the ball in.

Then, five minutes later Griffiths got his name on the scoresheet with what proved to be the winning goal. Saidy Janko's cross picked out the Scotland international, who headed into Michael McGovern's net from close range.

Chances were at a premium after the restart, with Celtic's best falling to Kris Commons. However, the winger's effort from the edge of the area was dragged wide.

Meanwhile, in response Ali Crawford called Gordon into action, while Norwich City loanee Carlton Morris dragged the rebound off target, which brought an end to the home side's challenge.

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