Boy­ata re­deems him­self with win­ner

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

Dedryck Boy­ata re­deemed him­self with Celtic fans by scor­ing the only goal of the game in the Lad­brokes Premier­ship win over Hamil­ton at Park­head.

The Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional de­fender (right) re­turned to the side after his con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion not play in the Hoops’ re­cent Cham­pi­ons League exit against AEK Athens in Greece – he claimed to be in­jured while boss Brendan Rodgers dis­agreed.

The 27-year-old pro­vided some early pan­tomime with some fans boo­ing and oth­ers cheer­ing, while a deroga­tory ban­ner was held aloft be­fore the game, but in the 63rd minute there was only green and white joy when he knocked in from close range.

Elsewhere, Peter Hart­ley had the last laugh over Rangers as the Mother­well skip­per’s 94th-minute equaliser sealed a 3-3 draw at Fir Park. The de­fender had been forced to is­sue an apol­ogy on Thurs­day after mock­ing for­mer Gers de­fender Fabio Car­doso and the bro­ken nose he suf­fered in a tus­sle with Well front­man Ryan Bow­man last term. But it was Hart­ley who grabbed the in­jury-time equaliser as the Light Blues threw away vic­tory for the sec­ond time in three league games.

Rangers found them­selves be­hind for the first time un­der man­ager Steven Ger­rard as Danny John­son opened the scor­ing early, but they fought back twice with goals from Kyle Laf­ferty after Carl McHugh had also struck for the hosts.

It looked like Ovie Ejaria’s goal just be­fore the break would se­cure all three points, only for Hart­ley to pounce with the last kick of the game.

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