Leaders Celtic continued their unbeaten league run with a lively derby victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Georgios Samaras was left unmarked in the heavy rain to nod home a 34th-minute corner from Emilio Izaguirre.

Scott Fox made two good saves to deny Celtic before the interval and Kris Doolan levelled from close-range after the striker had hit the crossbar.

But Celtic rallied again and substitute Amido Balde coolly fired past Fox for the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

The victory extends Celtic's lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Premiership to six points, while seventh-placed Thistle remain without a league win at home this season.

Anthony Stokes curled a right-footed free-kick wide of the mark in the 14th minute after Celtic skipper Brown had been brought down by Isaac Osbourne on the edge of the Thistle penalty area.

A well-worked move down the right ended with Thistle's Aaron Taylor-Sinclair firing a shot straight into the arms of Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, then a reflex save from Fox kept out a close-range effort from Stokes on the half-hour.

Thistle's resistance was broken in the 33rd minute when Izaguirre curled in a corner and Samaras was left all alone to score from six yards.

Moments later, Fox turned a Teemu Pukki 18-yard shot around the post and then repeated the feat immediately after Kallum Higginbotham had missed the target at the other end.

Thistle burst out of the blocks after the interval and Stuart Bannigan was denied by Forster with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Brown attempted to latch on to another excellent Izaguirre cross inside the Thistle box and the hosts were fortunate that an offside flag meant Conrad Balatoni went unpunished for a tug on the Scotland captain.

A defensive blunder by Efe Ambrose on the hour mark was pounced on by Christie Elliott but the Thistle substitute's shot was charged down and Higginbotham made a mess of the loose ball.

Thistle continued to press and were level after good work from Doolan, who scored both goals in last weekend's win at Inverness CT.

The striker hit the Celtic crossbar with a hooked effort as the ball broke his way from a corner but he was given a second chance as Higginbotham worked the ball back into a busy penalty box.

Doolan took a touch and calmly steered the ball past Forster from six yards out.

Izaguirre, who suffered a head knock in a brave defensive block, threatened to re-establish Celtic's lead with fine a solo run into the Thistle penalty area, but sent his shot over the crossbar, then Higginbotham was again kept out by Forster.

With 75 minutes gone, Balde, on for Beram Kayal, demonstrated great pace and composure to break free from the halfway line following some slack Thistle passing to fire past Fox and restore the visitors' lead.

Having used all of their substitutes, Celtic were reduced to 10 men in the closing minutes when Samaras suffered a gash on his knee

Thistle continued to press but Neil Lennon's depleted side did a good job of protecting Forster to seal maximum points.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair
  • 04 Welsh
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 23 Higginbotham
  • 19 Osbourne Booked
  • 09 Doolan
  • 08 Bannigan (Elliott - 59' )
  • 07 Craigen (Forbes - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Forbes
  • 11 Lawless
  • 12 Gallacher
  • 13 Gabriel
  • 14 Elliott
  • 17 Baird
  • 20 Kerr

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 23 Lustig
  • 03 Izaguirre (Biton - 78' )
  • 08 Brown
  • 04 Ambrose Booked
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 20 Pukki (McGeouch - 72' )
  • 33 Kayal Booked (Baldé - 67' )
  • 10 Stokes
  • 09 Samaras
  • 16 Ledley

Substitutes

  • 06 Biton
  • 17 Baldé
  • 18 Rogic
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 37 Atajic
  • 41 Fisher
  • 46 McGeouch
Ref: William Collum
Att: 7,978

Match Stats

Shots

11 12

On target

6 6

Corners

3 6

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Celtic 2.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Celtic 2.

90:00 +0:41

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:41

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

85:48

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:09

Attempt saved. Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

82:46

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Celtic).

82:46

Ross Forbes (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ross Forbes replaces James Craigen.

78:13

Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

77:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Nir Biton replaces Emilio Izaguirre because of an injury.

76:42

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

76:42

James Craigen (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Celtic 2. Amido Baldé (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

73:51

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:51

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

73:33

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

72:29

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:29

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

72:09

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Dylan McGeouch replaces Teemu Pukki.

70:40

Attempt missed. Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

68:45

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

68:04

Attempt saved. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:25 Booking

Booking Efe Ambrose (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

67:14

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

67:14

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Beram Kayal.

66:34

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

66:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Celtic 1. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham with a cross.

65:21

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

64:40

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

63:37

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Celtic).

63:37

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:05 Booking

Booking Beram Kayal (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

59:00

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:58

Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

58:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Stuart Bannigan.

57:54

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

52:49

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

48:45

Attempt saved. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

47:14

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:14

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

46:42

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

46:42

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Celtic 1.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Celtic 1.

44:35

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:35

Foul by Isaac Osbourne (Partick Thistle).

39:09

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

36:41

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

36:20

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Fox.

36:04

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

35:15

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

34:42

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Fox.

34:23

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

33:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Celtic 1. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross following a corner.

32:30

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

31:21

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

30:49

Attempt blocked. Joe Ledley (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:05

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:05

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

29:28

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

26:53

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Kallum Higginbotham.

23:54

Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:54

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

23:01

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

23:01

Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:33

Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

18:33

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:41

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:41

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

13:45

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

12:15 Booking

Booking Isaac Osbourne (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

12:00

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:00

Foul by Isaac Osbourne (Partick Thistle).

9:13

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:13

Foul by Isaac Osbourne (Partick Thistle).

7:42

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

6:42

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

6:42

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:15

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:15

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

4:29

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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