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24th Dec, 2016 | 2:36pm

Midfielder should be axed: Three things we learned about Celtic from 3-0 win v Hamilton

By Emma Sanders

Football Insider analyses three things we learned from Celtic’s 3-0 victory against Hamilton in Saturday’s lunch-time clash in the Scottish Premiership.

Griffiths will be missed

Leigh Griffiths was selected ahead of Moussa Dembele for the clash and he demonstrated why with his performance in the first half before being substituted at half-time with a suspected injury. Not only did the 26-year-old cause problems for Hamilton’s defence with his pace and brilliant off-the-shoulder runs, he almost set up two early goals from corner kicks. His deliveries are fantastic and the pacy, accurate crosses are a huge asset for the Hoops. It may be something that gives him the nod ahead of Dembele for the rest of the season but if he has suffered an injury, it will be a major blow for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

McGregor should not have been sent off

Callum McGregor was controversially sent off after he was shown his second yellow card second within the re-start. It was a harsh decision after being shown an extremely soft yellow card in the opening 45 minutes. The referee delivered a number of undeserving bookings in the first half and it proved costly for McGregor who will now face a suspension ban against Ross County.

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Celtic midfielder gives the ball away too much

Nir Bitton came on as a second-half substitution against Hamilton but one mistake almost proved costly in an otherwise perfect defesnve display from the Hoops. Too many times this season he has been caught out in possession and it is one of the main reasons why he is left out of the starting XI in favour of Patrick Roberts. The midfielder should continue to sit on the bench for the clash against Ross County.

In other Celtic news, fans reacted on Twitter to Dembele being axed.