The Celtic Machine rolled on with yet another league victory to put us *consults calculator* 11 points clear at the top of the table.
As the game was in Maryhill, your correspondent's backyard, I felt it imperative that I attended the game, and managed to get a ticket from a kindly individual outside the stadium. And let me tell you - I'm glad that I did!!!
As predicted in the GIGPOD preview of the game Brendan Rodgers made changes, with GMS, Griffiths and Gamboa all starting, whilst Simunovic was rested so Lustig partnered Sviatchenko at the back.
The first half wasn't all that much to write home about in all honesty, as Celtic, understandably after playing only three days earlier struggled to impose themselves on the game, but we eventually did create chances, a fine passing move ended with a Griffiths shot saved, he was also twice denied by a poor first touch, but he made up for this by playing a part in our opening goal in the 39th minute, with a fine run and cross being met in the penalty box by the in-form Stuart 'nice hair' Armstrong. So 1-0 up at half-time without playing that well, but things would improve in the second half.
Celtic began the second half in blistering style, with two goals in the opening five minutes. In the 49th minute the Griffiths-Armstrong combination worked once more as a Griffiths free-kick was laid off to the unmarked Armstrong and he curled the ball home with a fine strike from around thirty yards. Then directly from kick-off it was 3-0, fine work from Gamboa forced a mistake from the Thistle defence, a Rogic pass found Griffiths and he held off a defender to smash the ball home and just like that it was game over.
Thistle did pull a goal back when Lindsay headed home despite looking offside and justice was done when another Thistle header was disallowed for offside. The Thistle goal woke Celtic up and a fine solo effort from Griffiths almost brought the fourth goal before it eventually arrived in the 82nd minute, an Izaguirre cutback finished with some style by sub Callum McGregor.
So final score 4-1, and the stand out performer once again was Stuart Armstrong, who fully deserves a Scotland call-up. Leigh Griffiths also worked very hard and deserved his goal, Gamboa played quite well too particularly in setting up the third goal, but sadly the game passed GMS by, although with our injuries he will probably start against Hamilton on Tuesday.
Being at the game - I'm a real fan, I go to games - you are able to see how hard the team works, a far cry from the sluggishness of the last couple of years. The atmosphere was also very good, as can be seen on the GIGPOD twitter account. Here's hoping for more of the same vs Hamilton on Tuesday.
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