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Celtic edge past Partick Thistle 1-0 to continue unbeaten run

Oliver Ntcham

Celtic continued their unbeaten run with a 1-0 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill on Friday night.

Summer signing Olivier Ntcham scored the only goal of the game just before the half hour mark, taking a slight deflection off Celtic skipper Scott Brown on the way through.

Despite dominating for much of the game, Celtic failed to produce much quality in the final third and with the final whistle approaching Nir Bitton appeared to bring down Miles Storey in the box, but no penalty was given despite protestations for the Jags players.

Speaking after the match, Thistle manager Alan Archibald claimed they were never going to get the penalty, he said: “It’s a foul anywhere else on the pitch. It’s a big call in the last minute against Celtic.

“You don’t often get them. We had one in midweek, we usually get one a year so we’re not getting two in four days.

“We had one good chance and the late penalty shout. We worked ever so hard, it’s not easy to contain them.

“I know it’s frustrating for our fans that we didn’t come out and have a real go but you saw at the end there when we went with two strikers and they can quickly turn you over.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers claimed that the referee made the right call on the penalty decision and that the Scottish champions deserved all three points.

He commented: “It looked from where I was that Nir got a toe to it, and he was the right side of the defender.

“The pitch was maybe a bit slippy at that stage which is perhaps why the boy went down, but the ref was in a great position and he didn’t give it.

“We will play better, of course – we were outstanding in the week [5-0 win over Kilmarnock] – but tonight is a game we will look back on at the end of the season and hopefully say it was an important three points.

“We could have been more comfortable in the game if we had put our chances away, but when it is still 1-0 you have to defend, and I thought the players were comfortable even though there was bit of pressure around our 18-yard box.

“We didn’t quite perform as well as I would want – our standards are much higher than we showed – but it shows the resilience and mentality in the team to get the result tonight.

“That’s maybe one of the games we would have drawn last season. So it’s good the players can now see out games.”

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