CELTIC joined Rangers and Glasgow City on maximum points after five SWPL games when they beat Hamilton Accies 6-0 at the Excelsior Stadium. Rangers stay top on goal difference, but Celtic are now ahead of City who, like the lead leaders, weren’t in action yesterday.

Accies’ player of the match was 20-year-old goalkeeper Chloe Nicolson who produced five outstanding saves to keep the scoreline down. She was injured in a collision after 77 minutes, but is expected to be fit to play against Dundee Utd on Sunday.

“For me she was by far Hamilton’s best player today,” Celtic manager Fran Alonso confirmed. “I’m very sorry she needed to come off because it was an outstanding performance.”

Alonso gave a first competitive start to Chinese winger Shen Menglu and she responded with her first SWPL goal, while substitute Liv Fergusson also got her first in the league.

The game got underway just over an hour after the Celtic men’s side lost 2-0 to St Mirren – but it took Alonso’s side just two minutes to settle any nerves. Jacynta fired her side ahead and there were further first-half goals for Clarissa Larisey, Shen and Chloe Craig despite Nicolson’s fine saves.

Jacynta, with another very early goal in the second half, and Fergusson completed the scoring.

Motherwell also won 4-0, this time ensuring a fifth successive defeat for bottom club Glasgow Women. The three points moved them up three places to fifth in the table.

Spartans, who started the day behind Motherwell on goal difference, beat Aberdeen 2-0 at Ainslie Park. Both goals came after they had been reduced to 10 when Hannah Jordan was sent off early in the second half.

Despite the handicap, Spartans took the lead six minutes later through Alana Marshall. Top scorer Becky Galbraith got the second 13 minutes from time to leave Aberdeen second bottom.