Oct 27, 2013 at 12.45pm UK
Partick Thistle
Doolan (66')
Osbourne (12')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Samaras (33'), Balde (76')
Kayal (60'), Ambrose (68')

Result: Celtic secure all three points

Result: Celtic secure all three points
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Celtic secure a hard-fought 2-1 win over Partick Thistle in this afternoon's Scottish Premier League clash.

Celtic took all three points after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Partick Thistle in this afternoon's Scottish Premier League clash.

Neither side were fully able dominate the opening stages, as they look to gain an early advantage.

Partick Thistle almost had a chance to take the lead on eight minutes, but Celtic cleared well at the back post.

Anthony Stokes came close with a free kick on 14 minutes, but his effort went just wide of the mark.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair showed some good work to create an opening for himself, though the shot was comfortably gathered by Fraser Forster.

Celtic began to get on top and took the lead after 33 minutes when Georgios Samaras headed home from a corner to make it 1-0.

Teemu Pukki almost doubled the away side's lead two minutes later, but saw his shot deflected wide.

Kallum Higginbotham had an ambitious effort on 53 minutes, but his chip from the edge of the area went just over the bar.

Partick struck an equaliser on 66 minutes, with Kris Doolan slotting home to make it 1-1.

Higginbotham forced his way through the Celtic defence on 73 minutes and forced a save from Forster with his effort on goal.

Two minutes later, Celtic regained the lead when Amido Balde went on a solo run before slotting under the goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

The Jags went in search of another equaliser and came close on 83 minutes through Sean Welsh, though Forster was on hand to keep out the effort.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon prior to kick-off during the Champions League match against Barcelona on October 1, 2013
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