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Summary

  1. Celtic 2-0 Partick Thistle (Armstrong, Tierney)
  2. Celtic extend lead at top of Premiership to five points
  3. Celtic's 69-game unbeaten domestic run brought to an end at Tynecastle on Sunday
  4. Thistle two points adrift at foot of the table

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Brendan Rodgers is a happy man as Celtic bounce back with a routine victory. A wonderful goal lit up a pretty drab first half but the champions hit their stride in the second half.

With games to come against Aberdeen and Rangers to come in the next 10 days could a seventh successive title be wrapped up before the winter break?

Celtic showed their real qualities - Rodgers

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with how his players bounced back from Sunday's defeat that ended their 69-game unbeaten domestic run.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: “It was a great response. I said to the players, it’s how you’re defined as a player and a team – how you respond to disappointment.

"Obviously they showed their real qualities. We had games against Partick last year that we drew 1-1 and won 1-0, but tonight, particularly second half, we had good control of the game.

“We had to be patient first-half and maybe could’ve played forward a bit more into the space to find the areas better.

“We got a brilliant goal from Stuart [Armstrong], it’s a great strike and it gives us some breathing space in the game.

“We fixed some things at half time in order to position ourselves better, to try to get more attacking momentum, and I thought we were much better second half. We scored a very good second goal and had a few chances. I was very pleased, our response was great.

“That’s how these types of games are at times. Alan Archibald sets his teams up very well so we had to have patience in the game and the first goal was vital. We found it, then our fluency was much better and second half we were very good."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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What next?

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The games come thick and fast at this time of year and both sides are in action again on Saturday at 15:00 GMT.

There is a very tasty encounter to look forward to at Celtic Park, with nearest challengers Aberdeen the visitors.

Thistle go in search of some much-needed festive cheer at home to ninth-placed Hamilton Accies.

Here is what the Premiership has in store... Make sure you join us then.

Kilmarnock v Rangers (12:30)

Celtic v Aberdeen

Hibernian v Ross County

Motherwell v Dundee

Partick Thistle v Hamilton

St Johnstone v Hearts

Thistle need more on the ball - Archibald

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Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald talking to BBC Sportsound:

"We didn't pass the ball. We put in a lot of hard work but you need to take care of the ball and we didn't have enough guys wanting to play tonight, maybe that's because of our league position.

"We saw out of the opening period but we didn't manage to lay a glove on them. Our concentration levels in defence were a lot better.

"We've got a massive game coming up against Hamilton and we want to get off the bottom of the league before Christmas."

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers remains tight-lipped when quizzed about a move for Lewis Morgan.

We'll tell you what he did say in a jiffy...

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Celtic are apparently close to signing Lewis Morgan from St Mirren. The Scotland U21 winger has quite a queue ahead of him, with Jonny Hayes and Michael Johnston both impressing from the bench tonight - and those two are the support acts for Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Patrick Roberts.

Champions back on track

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Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

Celtic ultimately found their stride and ran out comfortable winners thanks largely to a more engaged, fluent approach after half time.

Kieran Tierney was at the heart of that and finished emphatically to seal the points. He was outstanding as was the opening goal from Stuart Armstrong.

Thistle will reflect on a very positive opening third in this match in which they looked disciplined, organised and frustrated the home support.

They were ultimately overwhelmed as Celtic moved up the gears.

Celtic are five points clear at the top of the Premiership
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Celtic celebrate Kieran Tierney's emphatic close-range finish

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Peter Houston

Former Scotland assistant manager on BBC Sportsound

Second-half, the tempo was up and the second goal killed off Partick Thistle. I enjoyed watching Celtic, it was more like their performances of last season as they moved the ball quickly. You've got to give credit to Partick Thistle as they defended well at times and will look to take this into games against other sides

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Powerful strikes from Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premiership for Celtic.

Partick Thistle remain bottom of the pile, two points behind Ross County.

FULL-TIME Celtic 2-0 Partick Thistle

Normal service resumes for the champions. One-in-a-row...

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A huge roar of approval from the home fans as Scott Brown slides in to thwart an opening for Thistle. In the blink of an eye, the Celtic captain is charging forward at the other end and has his leg clipped by Chris Erskine, who picks up a booking for his trouble.

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We're getting three minutes of stoppage time...

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Two bookings in quick succession for Thistle as Gary Fraser batters the ball away in frustration before Paul McGinn has a hack or three at the heels of Michael Johnston.

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Ian McCall

Former Partick Thistle manager on BBC Radio Scotland

Jonny Hayes looks desperate to play. He's all over the place, plenty of energy, very sharp, and getting balls into the box at every opportunity

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Leigh Griffiths opens his evening cameo with a lovely corner that picks out a powerful run from Dedryck Boyata but the defender's header is straight at Tomas Cerny.

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Kieran Tierney is in the thick of the action again as he sets up Odsonne Edouard but the striker is just too slow to get his shot off and his effort is blocked by a sliding defender.

That's the French teenager's last contribution as he is replaced by Leigh Griffiths.

Champions click after the interval

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Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

The second half has been far more open with Celtic far more threatening.

Kieran Tierney has been a bright spark throughout and seemed to set the tone for his side's improvement before netting a deserved personal reward.

With Thistle now wounded and the likes of Michael Johnston and Jonny Hayes eager to impress you'd expect the home side to press on.

CLOSE!

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Kristoffer Ajer finds a galloping Kieran Tierney with a sweet pass and a sustained period of pressure ends with Danny Devine almost poking the ball into his own net after some neat skill from Michael Johnston.

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Last thrown of the dice for the visitors, who bring on Gary Fraser for Blair Spittal.

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Peter Houston

Former Scotland assistant manager on BBC Sportsound

I'm looking forward to seeing Michael Johnston. He'as an exceptional talent, a winger who can drive at people.

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The evening is over for Scott Sinclair, with the Celtic winger making way for 18-year-old Michael Johnston, who will get 20 minutes or so to impress.

GOAL Celtic 2-0 Partick Thistle

Kieran Tierney

Thistle are torn open as Kieran Tierney plays a swift one-two with Scott Sinclair before thundering a close-range shot beyond Tomas Cerny.

That's the points safe now, surely?

Kieran Tierney celebrates a fine goal for Celtic
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Tierney celebrates a fine goal second goal of the evening for Celtic

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Ian McCall

Former Partick Thistle manager on BBC Radio Scotland

It's a really important part of the game. Celtic are pressing but they are also leaving themselves open at the back

GREAT SAVE!

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Tomas Cerny is able to thwart Odsonne Edouard again as the Celtic striker connects with a smart pass from Scott Sinclair.

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Another change at the top end of the pitch for Thistle as Kris Doolan takes over from Miles Storey.

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Now the hosts make a switch and it's a rare Celtic outing for summer signing Jonny Hayes, who is on for James Forrest.

GREAT SAVE!

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Thistle keeper Tomas Cerny is down smartly to make a flying stop near the foot of the post as Odsonne Edouard gets a slightly scuffed shot off.

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Ian McCall

Former Partick Thistle manager on BBC Radio Scotland

Chris Erskine is capable, he has great individual skill and is a good finisher with his left or right. He is also capable of hitting it into the stand to be fair

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Thistle make their first change, with teenager Andrew McCarthy replaced by Chris Erskine.

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Peter Houston

Former Scotland assistant manager on BBC Sportsound

Much better from Celtic. They are getting down the sides and putting balls into the box. My only criticism is that there should have been somebody on the end of that last one from Kieran Tierney. It was a great delivery

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A slick Celtic move culminates with Kieran Tierney flashing an inviting ball across the face of goal but there's no one arriving at the back post.

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Odsonne Edouard powerfully bustles his way past Danny Devine but the 19-year-old is unable to make much progress before the Thistle captain brings him down and picks up a booking.

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Another Thistle corner after a very open start to the second half... The Celtic defence repel the threat without any fuss.

Celtic are quickly on the attack and a great cross from Kieran Tierney is chased down by James Forrest, who ends up in a heap under pressure from Jordan Turnbull. A few half-hearted cries for a penalty but referee Alan Muir just shakes his head.

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Thistle are on the front foot straight away and win a corner. The initial delivery is not the best but Blair Spittal's return ball is punched away by a flying Craig Gordon.

KICK-OFF

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We're up and running again.

One moment the difference

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Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

Outside of Stuart Armstrong's outstanding finish, the most entertainment we've had was new signing Marvin Commper trying to evade a sprinkler when introduced at the break. Nimble footwork from the German defender.

Celtic didn't get to the level most expected but are ahead with Thistle deserving a lot of credit for their disciplined performance.

Their issue is what Plan B exists? They haven't threatened much but perhaps need to hold onto the ball better and use Miles Storey's pace.

Not a match for the purists thus far.

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Ian McCall

Former Partick Thistle manager on BBC Sportsound

There's been a freshness and sharpness about Stuart Armstrong that has been easy on the eye

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Peter Houston

Former Scotland assistant manager on BBC Sportsound

Before the goal Celtic never looked like scoring and didn't get up to the high tempo I'm sure Brendan Rodgers would have wanted after the weekend defeat. Celtic are probably a bit fortunate to be 1-0 up.

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Thistle can feel a little hard done by since they were doing a good job of containing Celtic before Stuart Armstrong struck.

Celtic were a bit slow out of the blocks but could have had an early goal when Kristoffer Ajer wasted a great headed chance, while Thistle have not been able to offer any kind of attacking threat.

HALF-TIME Celtic 1-0 Partick Thistle

A stunner from Stuart Armstrong separates the sides.

Stuart Armstrong laps up the applause after firing in a wonderful goal
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Stuart Armstrong laps up the applause after firing in a wonderful goal on 35 minutes