By Dominic Toner

Celtic captain Scott Brown claims they face a difficult match against Hamilton due to their artificial pitch.

The Bhoys travel to Hamilton on Christmas Eve for a Scottish Premiership match and will be playing at the SuperSeal Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are still unbeaten domestically this season and have won 16 of their 17 league games.

Celtic completed a narrow 1-0 victory against Hamilton on 13 December at home, with Leigh Griffiths scoring the decisive goal in the first-half.

Brown has identified the challenge his side will face on an astroturf pitch in the away match with Hamilton and believes they will need to be clever in possession.

“It’s on astro, so it’s a totally different game now for us v Hamilton,” Brown said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “We’ll hopefully get the ball down and hopefully play better there than we did last season.”

Celtic earned a 1-1 draw away to Hamilton last season in February and will be looking better that result on Saturday.

The reigning league champions are currently 14 points clear ahead of second-placed Rangers and have played a game less.

Rodgers handed 18-year-old Calvin Miller his competitive debut at left-back in the club’s last match against Partick and is showing a desire to develop youngsters, something he could continue to do against Hamilton.

Hamilton are currently ninth-placed in the league and are just a point off Partick at the foot of the table.

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