Celtic F.C. continued their unbeaten run in the Scottish Premier League after a 4-1 road win over Partick Thistle Friday evening.
The Scottish side, who are now 12-1-0 in the league campaign so far were coming off a 1-1 draw Tuesday at Manchester City in their final group-stage match in the UEFA Champions League.
Thistle, who are second from bottom in the SPL hadn’t won since October 29th and are dangerously close from falling into a relegation fight.
Celtic opened the scoring in the 39th minute as Stuart Armstrong slotted home Leigh Griffith‘s assist to put the visitors up 1-0 going into halftime. It was Armstrong’s sixth tally of the season.
The match was turned on its head early in the second half as Armstrong and Griffith each tallied to put Celtic up 3-0. Armstrong’s left-footed effort from outside the box made it two on the day for the Scottish midfielder. Griffiths added with a left-footed strike from inside the box for his fifth goal of the campaign.
In the 61st, Thistle pulled a goal back as center-back Liam Lindsay headed home Sean Welsh‘s cross to make it 3-1. It was the fourth goal of the season for the 21 year-old.
However, Celtic added a late goal eight minutes from time to make it a convincing 4-1 score-line from Firhill Stadium. Substitute midfielder Callum McGregor scored with a right-footed effort from Emilio Izaguirre‘s cut-back assist.
Celtic made it 40 points on the season, and they have eclipsed the 40-goal mark as a team so far, now sitting at 43 in 14 matches. The Bhoys out-possessed their Glasgow rivals 61%-39%, while having six shots-on-target. Thistle, who sat back and defended most of the match, created one chance on-goal.
In his post-match interview with BBC Sport, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praised both his side’s effort in Friday’s match but also his opponents effort. “You give Partick credit tonight, they made it really difficult, but the mentally in the team is very strong. I can see the development, the relationship between training and the game, they are taking on board the concepts of our build-up play and consolidating the game and then we’ve obviously got goals in the team. We’re staying very composed and calm under pressure and that’s a really good sign.”
With two games in hand, and 11 points ahead of their Old Firm Rivals Rangers, Celtic are making things look very easy as we go through December. Despite being eliminated from Europe this season, they do have the ability to bounce right back to Europe’s top club competition with another SPL title.
With the January break quickly approaching, Celtic will have six league matches from now until New Year’s Eve. They host Hamilton Academic on Tuesday before hosting Dundee at Celtic Park four days later. Thistle, now have three road matches in a row, traveling to fourth-placed Hearts next Saturday.