Celtic have it easy against Hamilton

Commons returns to help put distance on Aberdeen at top of Scottish Premiership

Celtic’s Stefan Johansen celebrates scoring their second goal against Hamilton. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Action Images via Reuters

Celtic eased three points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the after eventually overcoming Hamilton in a 4-0 win at a rain-soaked Parkhead.

The returning Kris Commons opened the scoring in the 56th minute and after goals from midfielder Stefan Johansen and striker John Guidetti, the former Nottingham Forest midfielder helped himself to a second which gave the scoreline an appropriate reflection of a one-sided match.

Celtic have a game in hand over Aberdeen, whom they host on Sunday in a match which will surely be more even encounter than this, who have yet to win in eight games under player/manager Martin Canning since he took over from Alex Neil, who departed for Norwich last month.

Before the visit of the Pittodrie men Celtic face Interin the second-leg of the last-32 Europa League tie after a 3-3 draw at Celtic Park on Thursday and will go into that game with confidence.