Champions Celtic squeeze past Partick Thistle at Firhill

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Celtic were not at their best but still proved too good for Partick Thistle in a 1-0 Scottish Premiership win at Firhill.

The visitors scored in the 24th minute when midfielder Olivier Ntcham fired in a drive which took a deflection off Hoops skipper Scott Brown.

The treble winners, with a Champions League playoff tie against Astana coming up on Wednesday, dominated for large spells but found creating chances increasingly more difficult, giving the battling Jags hope all the way to the final whistle.

After starting with five teenagers in the convincing 5-0 Betfred Cup win over Kilmarnock in midweek, boss Brendan Rodgers brought back experience with his eight changes.

James Forrest replaced benched striker Leigh Griffiths as the main attacker with Brown, Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton, Jozo Simunovic, Ntcham, Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair also coming into the starting lineup.

Partick Thistle signed strikers Miles Storey and Conor Sammon earlier in the day and the latter, on a season-long loan from Hearts, started up front while Storey, who arrived from Aberdeen on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee, was on the bench.

Thistle, skippered by Kris Doolan, were soon chasing the ball around the pitch as Celtic quickly got into their passing game.

In the ninth minute Jags keeper Tomas Cerny made a decent save from Forrest's drive on the turn inside the box, after Sinclair had sliced through the Firhill defence with ease.


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