CELTIC begin the defence of their Scottish Premiership title with a home clash against Hamilton.
Neil Lennon's side are chasing a TENTH consecutive league crown and watched Old Firm rivals Rangers begin their campaign with a narrow win at Aberdeen yesterday.
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CELTS IN TOWN
Celtic players arrive at Celtic Park to kick off their 2020/21 campaign.
BACK TO WORK
Celtic boss Neil Lennon arrives for today's game.
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Speaking before the game, Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor said:
“We know that Hamilton will fancy their chances coming here.
“We have to be professional and we have to do the job.
“We've worked all week on preparation, and today's the day we have to turn up and put that into practice.
“We won the league last season, and we want to show that we're coming back for more.
“We started really well last season and that's something we're going to try to do again this time around by putting down another marker.”
ON A ROLL
Celtic have won each of their last 12 consecutive league meetings with Hamilton since a 1-1 draw in February 2016.
22 Gourlay, 4 McKenna, 9 Ogkmpoe, 14 Trafford, 5 Fjortoft, 33 Mimnaugh, Munro, 32 Smith, 30 Owolabi
1 Barkas, 6 Bitton, 11 Klimala, 12 Soro, 18 Rogic, 21 Ntcham, 23 Bolingoli, 33 Elhamed, Karamoko
HAMILTON STARTING XI
Here's how the Accies line up:
23 Fulton, 2 Odoffin, 3 McMann (C), 40 Hamilton, 25 Martin, 28 Smith, 12 Want, 19 Winter, 20 Moyo, 34 Callachan
CELTIC STARTING XI
Here's Celtic's first line-up of the season:
29 Bain, 2 Jullien, 3 Taylor, 8 Brown (C), 17 Christie, 22, Edouard, 27 Elyounoussi, 30 Frimpong, 35 Ajer, 42 McGregor, 49 Forrest
TEN IN A ROW?
Talking about his side's chance of winning ten league titles in a row, Celtic boss Neil Lennon said:
“You know to do nine, ten in a row is an amazing accomplishment from the players and the club.
“To do ten would be the first, this team has done many firsts, so you know this one is another one to tick off if we can.”
Welcome to our live blog of Celtic vs Hamilton.
Neil Lennon will be hoping his Celtic side can kick off their 2020/21 season with a win after Rangers narrowly overcame Aberdeen 1-0 yesterday.
The Bhoys in Green are looking to make their first step towards winning a tenth consecutive Scottish title, a feat that has never been achieved before in Scotland.
Celtic were crowned 2019/20 Champions in April after the campaign was terminated due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Neil Lennon’s side finished the shortened season on 80 points after 30 games, thirteen points clear of fierce rivals Rangers, although The Gers had played a game less.
Hamilton meanwhile finished eleventh, just one place above relegated Hearts.
The Accies last won at this ground in 2014, but were beaten on both of their visits to Celtic Park last term.
Manager Brian Rice has a job on his hands this season, with his side being widely tipped for relegation.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon had this to say before the game.
“We won last year, people talk about ten.
“Now we’re in this season we can put all that to one side.
“I don’t think the pressure is as intense as it was over the previous seasons but it’ll still be heavy and a big expectation and it’ll be down to the rest of them to they and stop this group of players.
“They’ve been absolutely magnificent over the last six/seven seasons in terms of consistency and winning trophies, and you know I’ll look them in the eye tomorrow and see if they want more of that and I’m sure they will.”
Kick off is at 4.30pm and team news will follow shortly.
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