Celtic set a marker in their pursuit of a 10th successive Scottish Premiership title as Odsonne Edouard’s hat-trick helped them trounce Hamilton 5-1 at Parkhead in their opening game of the season. Edouard was the top goalscorer in last season’s Scottish Premiership before it was curtailed in March 2020, and he opened his account after just 20 minutes with a simple finish.
Jeremie Frimpong extended Celtic’s lead before Christopher Jullien deflected Scott Martin’s shot into his own net to give Hamilton hope. But Neil Lennon’s side dusted themselves down and sped away from their opponents with a quickfire double nine minutes into the restart as Edouard completed his hat-trick with two one-touch finishes (49, 54). There was still time for substitute Patryk Klimala to add a fifth in the final minute of normal time. Celtic’s win means it is 13 in a row over Hamilton and also a 13th successive victory on the opening day of a Scottish Premiership season as the title favourites moved top and the team tipped for relegation prop up the division in matchweek one.