IT took a strike from comeback Bhoy Dedryck Boyata to break the Hamilton Accies barrier at Parkhead yesterday.

Celtic hammered away at Gary Woods’ goal for 63 minutes without success until the Belgian defender, playing his first game for the Hoops since the Scottish Cup Final win over Motherwell in May, popped up to net the points-clincher.

Boyata scored three times in 39 appearances last season, so one in one is a vast improvement.

BY THE RIGHT…Dedryck Boyata pounces to pierce Accies’ iron curtain yesterday.

CHEERS…Boyata is congratulated by French ace Moussa Dembele.

WING AND A SLAYER…James Forrest races past Scott McMann.

SO CLOSE TO THE CENTURY…Accies defender Ziggy Gordon thwarts 99-goal Leigh Griffiths right in front of keeper Gary Woods.

WHAM…Callum McGregor drives in a shot with Darian MacKinnon closing him down.

ON THE BALL…Moussa Dembele leads an assault on the rival goal.

BALANCING ACT…Kristoffer Ajer strikes a perfect pose.

WIZARD OF OZ…Tom Rogic on the ball.

THUMBS UP…Brendan Rodgers acknowledges the fans at the final whistle.

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