Kris Commons double gives Celtic victory over Hamilton

After the chaos of Wednesday night, an anodyne occasion was as inevitable as it was welcome.

Kris Commons double gives Celtic victory over Hamilton Celtic built on their tempestuous Scottish Cup success over Rangers by moving eight points clear of their cross-city adversaries in the league.

At times, football is blissfully straightforward; the gulf in class and resources between these two teams meant anyone with pre-match ideas of a Hamilton win could only have delusion – or drunkenness – as an excuse.

Indeed, the hosts could not have hand-picked a more inoffensive team to line up against as they sought points rather than further controversy. The fact Hamilton are also currently the worst team in Scotland's top flight was of added benefit to Neil Lennon. Celtic's manager watched this encounter from the main stand, thereby starting a four-match touchline ban.

Afternoon hubbub was not supplied by the football but there was stirring from the Scottish FA, who took umbrage with a report that suggested the circumstances of Lennon's punishment – namely the fact that the association's president, George Peat, sat in on discussions relating to it – could prompt a Celtic call for the president's dismissal.

"As a point of clarification, it should be reiterated that the Scottish FA's articles of association permit the president or chief executive to attend committee meetings in an ex officio capacity," the SFA said in a statement.

And so it goes on…

Celtic's manager will not, as was scheduled, attend a friendly featuring his team in Ireland on Sunday as a security precaution.

Kris Commons at least ensured a quiet afternoon for Lennon among the punters, the winger's two goals ending Hamilton's aspirations of a first win in Glasgow's East End in more than 70 years.

Celtic were rarely out of first gear, nor were they required to be. The closest they had come to scoring in a tedious first 40 minutes was just 25 seconds into the game, a bobble causing Hamilton's Simon Mensing to shank the ball only inches wide of his own goal.

Celtic's players belatedly woke up, with the clear intention of avoiding a half-time dressing-down from their manager. Daniel Majstorovic headed a Ki Sung-yueng corner just past Tomas Cerny's left-hand post, before another set play from the Korean Ki caused Hamilton even more damage.

The visiting defence only partly cleared Ki's corner, allowing Scott Brown to cleverly lay the ball into the path of Commons. The former Derby County player's early weeks in Scotland have suggested he carries a goal as well as a creative threat; on this occasion, Commons struck a fierce half-volley into the top corner from 20 yards.

The simplicity attached to Commons's second was a consequence of Hamilton's misplaced generosity. David Elebert decided passing across his own goal would be a smart idea, but Commons proved otherwise by easily collecting the pass – a fifth goal in eight Celtic outings for the 27-year-old followed.

Given the energies exerted in midweek, added to Hamilton's blatant inability to haul themselves back into the game, a tame closing spell from Celtic was understandable.

Hamilton's frustration was typified by their midfielder Gary McDonald, who was lucky that a stray arm, which connected with Beram Kayal, escaped the attention of the match officials.

Powered by article was written by Ewan Murray at Celtic Park, for The Observer on Saturday 5th March 2011 17.49 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

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