Celtic edge past Thistle to go 3 clear in league (Goal)


Game in hand we had to win

Game in hand we had to win

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

Van Dijk cracks home the winner

Van Dijk cracks home the winner

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

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Shaun

Guidetti Puts Partick To The Sword As Celtic fire into the Semi’s (Video)


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This lad just gets better and better, we MUST get him signed

Shaun Gibson

Shaun Gibson

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For the first 20 minutes of this game Celtic were in a game with Partick, the away team were creating chances with Celtic hitting on the break. Say what you want about Ronny and his team, when they play, THEY PLAY! The game changed on 43 minutes when a terrible tackle on John Guidetti by Stuart Brannigan and off he went. Celtic were already 1-0 up at this point with a superb free kick from new Celtic star player Super John Guidetti, he won the free kick and hammered it high into the net, this was half an hour in and seemed to settle Celtic as we got more into the game
Half time, Celtic 1-0 Partick Thistle

Guidetti 1-0 Video. Thanks to @Celticgoals 

Partick go down to 10 men

Partick go down to 10 men, video below

Wakaso replaced Callum McGregor at half time and Wakaso to be fair can cross a ball well. 2 minutes into the 2nd half it was 2-0, Stokes played the ball over the Partick defence with a chip, he was looking for Scott Brown but over hit it, there was Emilio Izaguirre to get to the ball and hammer home for 2-0
We waited under 5 minutes for 3-0, again Guidetti with a free kick and this lad just oozed class. If Celtic have not already offered this kid a deal I would be surprised. I am told he was on £15,000 a week at City with bonus’s that were huge should he play 1st team football, so we should be able to offer the kid a 15 year contract! Joking aside I would be throwing a luxurious 5 year deal at the kid, he is the best player since Larsson in that position. He has a mixture of Nakamura, Sutton and Larsson in there and that is a hard player to find. We have him, let’s keep him!

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Izzy gets into the action with 2-0, great run from a Stokes chip over the defence

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Guidetti makes it 3-0 with a SUPERB free kick, 3 in a row now, Video below


4-0 came on 55 minutes Guidetti had the ball in the box stand side and was fouled, penalty and he slotted home for a brilliant hat trick for a man we are all growing to love, I get the feeling John is loving us back. He is good friends with Jordon Larsson, yes, Henrick’s son. So I am guessing John has been told how special a club we are. John had tried the Premiership and got nowhere, he is the type of player who NEEDS wanted and adored by all around him, he gets that from the fans, his team mates and the club, as Ronny said “This looks like his home” Let’s hope a deal has been offered already as John can speak to anyone in about 8 weeks

Penalty scored and a Guidetti hat trick

Penalty scored and a Guidetti hat trick

Stokes came off for Griffiths on the hour mark and it was Leigh who made it 5-0, a superb run and cross by Izaguirre and Griffiths headed home, delighted he was and rightly so, he said he would fight to get into the team and he did himself no harm tonight.

Griffiths heads home his 1st

Griffiths heads home his 1st and Celtic’s 5th

Celtic at this stage were just powering through Partick, Van Dijk had a shot on the turn curled just past the far post as Celtic kept creating and on the night it could have been 10 easy. Scepovic came on with half an hour to go and he should have buried a couple of chances. 6-0 and the final goal was comedy gold but Leigh Griffiths won’t be complaining. Partick Thistle right back played the ball back to the Thistle keeper he went to kick long but Griffiths was having none of it, he got a foot to the goalies kick and it went in, 6-0 to Celtic and the Semi Final of the League cup awaits. The draw is on Saturday at 5pm. Do we dare dream of getting Sevco? or would we rather hammer them in the final? I don’t know, maybe not getting them at all would be better, it will only generate money for them

Man of the Match – John Guidetti – The best find in many a year, we MUST get this lad signed

Final Score. Celtic 6-0 Partick Thistle

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