Joe Ledley's fourth goal of the season was enough to give Celtic victory over Partick Thistle in this Glasgow derby.

It secured Celtic's third consecutive win by a 1-0 scoreline and ensured their seventh successive domestic clean sheet.

Despite a spirited showing by Thistle, their recent inability to take their chances in front of goal was evident.

However, they did come close late on when Steven Lawless had a shot cleared off the line by Adam Matthews.

Neil Lennon's side remain 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, with Thistle still in tenth position.

Celtic set out their intention right from kick-off with Thistle Keeper Scott Fox having to tip over a Teemu Pukki header after only 40 seconds.

Fox, wearing the captain's armband for the day, then twice prevented Kris Commons from making an early breakthrough.

One was a shot that took a deflection, the other a 30-yard free-kick which the skipper did well to parry away.

Lyle Taylor made his Thistle debut following his loan move from Sheffield United and he blasted high and wide from the edge of the penalty box.

Joe Ledley celebrates after scoring for Celtic against Partick Thistle

Ledley (right) gave Celtic a winning start to 2014

Having won only one of their last 15 matches in all competitions Thistle were looking for a better start to the New Year.

Bannigan had Forster stretching to his left to turn away a 20-yard left-foot strike.

The big English keeper was a relieved man when he managed to get an unorthodox touch on an Elliott header moments later.

It was a good spell for Thistle with Craigen next to threaten when he got on the end of a Gabriel Piccolo cross to direct a glancing header just wide of the right-hand post.

But, six minutes before the interval, the breakthrough came when Ledley drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.

There were fewer chances in the second half and Thistle were unable to regain the momentum they had in the opening period.

The torrential rain continued as the second half got underway but the underfoot conditions were ideal for slick passing.

Charlie Mulgrew, back in the Celtic side after a four-game injury absence, tried his luck with a free-kick from 25 yards which just dipped over the bar.

Mulgrew did have the ball in the net after 57 minutes but it was ruled out for offside.

Pukki brought out another fine stop from Fox as Celtic probed for a second goal.

Thistle came close to equalising when the hosts failed to deal with a corner.

The ball broke to substitute Lawless who curled in a low shot, but it was cleared off the line by Matthews.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 02 Matthews
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 21 Mulgrew (Samaras - 67' )
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 08 Brown Booked
  • 16 Ledley
  • 15 Commons (Biton - 91' )
  • 49 Forrest
  • 20 Pukki (Stokes - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Biton
  • 09 Samaras
  • 10 Stokes
  • 11 Boerrigter
  • 17 Baldé
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 41 Fisher

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair
  • 13 Gabriel
  • 05 Muirhead Booked (Wilson - 81' )
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 07 Craigen
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 21 Taylor (Doolan - 65' )
  • 14 Elliott
  • 23 Higginbotham (Lawless - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Doolan
  • 10 Forbes
  • 11 Lawless
  • 12 Gallacher
  • 17 Baird
  • 20 Kerr
  • 31 Wilson
Ref: Kevin Clancy
Att: 52,670

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

5 3

Corners

5 7

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 1, Partick Thistle 0.

90:00 +3:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Partick Thistle 0.

90:00 +0:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Nir Biton replaces Kris Commons.

89:45

Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:45

Foul by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega (Partick Thistle).

83:47

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Kris Commons.

82:13

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega.

81:30

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:30

Foul by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega (Partick Thistle).

80:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces Aaron Muirhead.

80:40

Attempt missed. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

79:13

Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:13

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

71:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

70:43

Attempt missed. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

69:49

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

68:50

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:50

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

68:20

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

68:20

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Anthony Stokes replaces Teemu Pukki.

66:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Georgios Samaras replaces Charlie Mulgrew.

64:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

63:50

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

61:31

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

61:01 Booking

Booking Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

61:00

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:55

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

59:21

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Fox.

59:10

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:15

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

54:34

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:34

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

49:22

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

47:35

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega.

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 1, Partick Thistle 0.

45:00 +0:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 1, Partick Thistle 0.

45:00 +0:04

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

42:23

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Celtic).

42:23

Gabriel Rojo de la Vega (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:18

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega.

40:28

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

38:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 1, Partick Thistle 0. Joe Ledley (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Efe Ambrose.

36:36

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

36:01

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

35:33

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

35:24

Attempt saved. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:40

Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:40

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

27:33

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

27:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:52

Delay in match Adam Matthews (Celtic) because of an injury.

26:24

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

26:24

James Craigen (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:19

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

25:19

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:25

Attempt saved. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

21:05

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

17:46

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:46

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

15:26

Attempt saved. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

14:06

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:06

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

13:12

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

12:46 Booking

Booking Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

12:39

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:39

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle).

10:27

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:43

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

7:24

Attempt missed. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

1:42

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:54

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Fox.

0:46

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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