Thistle’s give league leaders a run for their money

Partick Thistle put up a spirited show against league leaders Celtic in a game full of thrills only to go down 1-0 at Celtic Park.

Celtic put Thistle goalie Scott Fox under pressure in the first minute when he tipped a Pukki header over the bar and again in the 12th minutes when he dived full length to his right to keep out a well struck 30 yard free kick from Commons.

But it was anything but one way traffic when James Craigen won the ball in midfield and he fed to Christie Elliott who in turn pushed the ball inside to Stuart Bannigan who tested the Celtic keeper with a low drive from the edge of the box.

The visitors were a whisker away from taking the lead in the 23rd minute and again in the 34th, but it was Celtic, very much against the run of play, who scored in the 37th minute.

Thistle had been defending well, but a more direct approach by Celtic’s Joe Ledley found the net with a crisply struck low drive from 25 yards.

Going into the turnaround it was Ledley’s goal that separated the teams and Thistle had a real belief of equalising as the game progressed.

Chances came their way but Celtics made it increasingly hard for the visitors and as the game went on Celtic enjoying longer and longer spells of possession.

Thistle’s defence was very rarely troubled though as it held firm and they were never out of the game. In the last 10 minutes Lawless saw a shot cleared from close to the Celtic goal line following a Stuart Bannigan corner before Elliott glanced a header wide of target as Thistle maintained pressure on the Celtic goal.