Aug 11, 2017 at 7.45pm UK
Attendance: 8,041
Partick Thistle

Bannigan (71')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Ntcham (26')
Tierney (86')

Result: Olivier Ntcham strike sees Celtic past Partick Thistle

Result: Ntcham strike sees Celtic past Thistle
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A memorable first-half strike from Olivier Ntcham earns Celtic a hard-fought 1-0 victory against local Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.

Olivier Ntcham's first-half strike has handed Celtic a 1-0 away win over Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership this evening.

Celtic impressed from the outset and might have been a goal up inside 10 minutes after Scott Sinclair combined brilliantly with James Forrest, only for the playmaker to see his shot on the turn beaten away by a stretching Tomas Cerny in the Thistle goal.

The hosts were unable to keep up with Celtic's slick movement in the opening stages and Forrest should have again opened the scoring, this time as he collected a through-ball from Ntcham, before dragging his shot wide of the target.

Rodgers and his men continued to knock on the door and Thistle soon had to rely on Cerny once more, as the home stopper leapt impressively to palm away Nir Bitton's curling free kick from the edge of the box.

The breakthrough finally arrived in the 26th minute, however, as Ntcham volleyed precisely from the edge of the area, before seeing the ball take a slight deflection off Scott Brown in order to wrong-foot a stranded Cerny.

Celtic continued to dominate in the second period, although Thistle had the perfect chance to equalise when Kris Doolan broke free inside the box, only to head over the bar with only Craig Gordon to beat.

The Hoops soon upped the tempo following the introduction of both Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths, with the former going close after his introduction although he was denied by the slide of Niall Keown.

Celtic skipper Brown might have settled a few nerves late into the contest, but the midfielder saw his memorable volley into the bottom corner harshly ruled out for handball, much to the dismay of the travelling support.

Thistle might have snatched a point late on when Bitton appeared to have brought down his man inside the area, although Celtic escaped punishment before eventually going on to earn a hard-fought victory at Firhill.

Scott Brown of Celtic FC looks on during the UEFA Champions League, Group H match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at the Camp Nou Stadium on December 11, 2013
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