CHAMPIONS Celtic maintained their 14-point advantage at the top of the Premiership as they overcame Hamilton Accies 3-0 at the SuperSeal Stadium this afternoon.

And nearest challengers Rangers also won with an early Martyn Waghorn strike against Inverness Caley Thistle at Ibrox.

The Hoops had to play almost the entire second-half with 10 men after Callum McGregor was harshly dismissed by referee Willie Collum.


The midfielder was sent packing off after collecting a second yellow card for what appeared to be no more than a collision with Scott McMann.

Brendan Rodgers’ side came close early on with efforts from Erik Sviatchcenko and Stuart Armstrong following right-wing corner-kicks from Leigh Giffiths, who started the game instead of Moussa Dembele.

But the breakthrough finally arrived five minutes before the interval when McGregor fed Griffiths who used his pace to sprint clear and slip the ball beyond the advancing Gary Woods.


However, the goalscorer sustained a tight calf and did not return for the second-half, with Dembele replacing him.

Following the McGregor dismissal, the leaders doubled their advantage thanks to an excellent strike by Stuart Armstrong, who collected Dembele’s pass before thumping home from 30 yards.

Hamilton should have reduced the arrears in the 73rd minute when, from Ali Crawford’s free-kick, substitute Eamonn Brophy headed over from close range.

The Hoops wrapped up the points when Dembele sidefooted in the third in the 84th following a left-wing cross from substitute James Forrest.


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