Partick Thistle take positives from Celtic match despite defeat

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Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald took a lot of positives from Wednesday night’s game against Celtic, despite suffering a 1-0 defeat.

Archibald said: “I thought we did well and frustrated Celtic at times. Paul Gallacher is going to have to make saves in a game like that and he did have to pull off some top class stops - but we expected that and he did his job very very well.”

The Firhill squad settled quickly into the game and kept it tight for the first 15 or 20 minutes. That first quarter of the game was important as going a goal down would not have been good for moral.

Although Thistle came under heavy pressure at times, it certainly wasn’t a backs to the wall job and Archie was pleased with how the ball was passed around at times.

He added: “I was quite happy with how we passed the ball at times and that made us a couple of decent chances. Abdul had one in the first half from a header where perhaps he should have done better.

“There’s no doubt there were positives to take from that performance but it was disappointing that the goal we lost was a scrappy one and we should have done better with it.”

The goal when it came in the 60th minute from Virgil van Dijk’s was enough to secure all three points, but Thistle were far from cowed and continued to put up a strong defence, but ultimately Celtic proved too strong for them.