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Partick Thistle 0-2 Celtic

Partick Thistle were unable to test a Celtic side who returned from midweek Champions League exertions in Baku to record a comfortable win at Firhill.

Goals by Tom Rogic and Kris Commons, neither a starter on Wednesday against Qarabag, ensured Celtic join Hearts on maximum Scottish Premiership points.

Midfielder Rogic improvised to give Celtic the lead after 28 minutes.

Commons seized on hesitancy to slide in a second and, though sub Mathias Pogba improved Thistle, Celtic cruised home.

If Ronny Deila can draw satisfaction from witnessing the Australian midfielder Rogic, in for injured captain Scott Brown, score the opening goal, the Norwegian may have been puzzled that his team led by only that solitary strike at half-time.

His team were sharper across the pitch than their Glasgow rivals, despite that tiring trip to Azerbaijan, and dominated throughout.

Mathias Pogba came on for his Thistle debut
Mathias Pogba came on for his Thistle debut

Rogic was joined in midfield by Commons, who came in for Gary Mackay-Steven, and Leigh Griffiths was evidently in the mood to justify his inclusion, with Nadir Ciftci suspended.

The former Wolves forward rose above the taller Callum Booth to head an early Emilio Izaguirre cross over the bar, pinged a free-kick on target that was comfortably saved by Tomas Cerny, had a fierce shot saved by the experienced Czech and was alert to well-placed long balls from defender Dedryck Boyata.

A goal was all that was missing from his first-half contribution.

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong was forced to go off after 20 minutes with a groin injury.

His replacement, Callum McGregor, was yet another attacking headache for the Jags' central defensive pairing of 19-year-old Liam Lindsay and Jack Hendry, 20, both making only their second appearance.

Allowed to advance to 25 yards unchallenged, Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk slapped a low shot off the Thistle post before McGregor helped forge the breakthrough.

If the sub's low cross into the box for Griffiths was perfectly directed, his team-mate's lay-off was ideally weighted.

Tom Rogic scores for Celtic with a flick of his right boot
Tom Rogic scored for Celtic with a flick of his right boot

Rogic, though, had come a fraction too far to fashion a traditional shot but he threw out the lower half of his leg to flick the ball smartly into the net.

The home fans had seen not a single chance crafted by their team so their enthusiastic penalty appeals were perhaps understandable when David Wilson's side-footed volley struck the flailing arm of Celtic's stand-in captain Mikael Lustig just before half-time.

However, referee John Beaton correctly observed that the Swede had his back to the ball and was only a yard away from Wilson, and waved aside the appeals.

New Thistle signing Pogba came on for Steven Lawless to make his debut five minutes after the break and threatened at the near post before Van Dijk cleared.

By that point, though, Celtic were two goals up as a long ball from Nir Bitton caught out Booth but not Commons, who latched on to it and dinked it beyond Cerny.

Thistle were at least competing better but the direction of play changed little, with Griffiths testing Cerny with a further shot and free-kick.

Alan Archibald's team created their first real chance in the 88th minute when sub David Amoo slipped past Izaguirre and cut the ball back for the unmarked Pogba, but his shot from 10 yards flew wide.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2MillerBooked at 70mins
  • 19Hendry
  • 17Lindsay
  • 5Booth
  • 6OsmanBooked at 45mins
  • 4WelshSubstituted forFraserat 75'minutes
  • 18Wilson
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forPogbaat 50'minutes
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forAmooat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Seaborne
  • 7Amoo
  • 9Doolan
  • 12Scully
  • 20McDaid
  • 22Fraser
  • 99Pogba

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 20Boyata
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 6Bitton
  • 18RogicSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 64'minutes
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forHendersonat 88'minutes
  • 25Johansen
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forMcGregorat 21'minutes
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 4Ambrose
  • 12Scepovic
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 22Janko
  • 26Bailly
  • 42McGregor
  • 53Henderson
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
7,088

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Celtic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Celtic 2.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jack Hendry (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Henderson (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Liam Henderson replaces Kris Commons.

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Gary Miller (Partick Thistle).

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Jack Hendry (Partick Thistle).

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Gary Fraser replaces Sean Welsh.

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Booking

Gary Miller (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by David Amoo (Partick Thistle).

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Amoo replaces Ryan Stevenson.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle).

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Tomas Rogic.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Celtic 2. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nir Bitton.

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle).

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle).

Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jack Hendry (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic22004046
2Aberdeen22003036
3Hearts22006426
4Dundee21015233
5Dundee Utd21012113
6Ross County21012203
7Motherwell210112-13
8St Johnstone201145-11
9Inverness CT201112-11
10Hamilton201102-21
11Partick Thistle201102-21
12Kilmarnock200206-60
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