This was our game in hand, we needed 3 points and we got them. We should have been out of sight in the first 20 minutes. Brown with a chip through to Tonev was close, soon after Tonev played in Matthews but his cross was cleared. 8 minutes in superb play gave the ball to Johansen his cross and Guidetti had his header saved. 2 minutes later Guidetti and Stokes linked up, cross to Johansen but his header went wide.
That was the first 10 minutes and Celtic kept it going. Tonev who had a good game tonight got a shot away that was palmed away by Gallacher in goal. Then Van Dijk hammered a low shot saved and another corner. It was all Celtic, it was just a matter of when.
25 minutes in Guidetti played in Stokes a cross into the box and Tonev heads wide when scoring was easier. All Celtic and at this point 0-0 was just unreal. Celtic kept it up Van Dijk, Johansen and Guidetti with good chances then Thistle had a shot just past Gordon’s near post. Leading up to half time Celtic played the ball well, trying to beat 10 defenders is hard, Matthews had a volley just wide on 40 minutes it just didn’t look like we would score. 2 minutes later Stokes shot just wide and that was the first half, should have been 5-0 up but we were playing well
Second half saw Mulgrew swap for Bitton. Van Dijk passed through the Thistle defence to Tonev his shot hit the side netting. Thistle were countering us and had the odd half chance. Then came the goal. Johansen who can deliver a ball played a cracker into the box, there was big Virgil Van Dijk who hammered home from 6 yards, well done big Van Dijk. For all the good play it was a set piece that got us in-front. He is playing well as the Transfer window is close to opening
Thanks to @celticgoals
With 20 minutes left Double switch for Celtic saw Guidetti and Tonev off, Scepovic and Commons on, for me I didn’t think it was time to make these changes as Thistle kind of came back into it. A few minutes after Commons came on he should have scored, great move Stokes played it into Commons and his shot was too near the keeper. Scepovic should have made it 2-0 with a double chance and it seems this kid just won’t score.
At this point it was ‘Lets see it out’ Then step up Craig Gordon. Doolan was in and a great shot saw Gordon pull off a super save to keep it 1-0. For all Celtic’s good play we still are not finishing teams off
3 points clear in the league, a game we will forget easy. Decent win. Ronny said afterwards he wants better but is happy with the points.
Man of the match: Virgil Van Dijk – With the transfer window about to open he is playing brilliant. It is a worry but Ronny is adamant he is staying