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  • Frustrating night in Paradise as Hoops held to Glasgow derby draw

    Frustrating night in Paradise as Hoops held to Glasgow derby draw

    By: Jo Hendry on 05 Apr, 2017 21:50

  • SPFL Premiership
    Celtic Park, Glasgow
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    CELTIC.....1
    (Sinclair, 49)

    PARTICK THISTLE....1
    (Azeez, 63)

    SIX-in-a-row champions Celtic had a frustrating night in Paradise as they played out a 1-1 draw against Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle. The first-half was dominated by the hosts though they couldn’t find the opening goal despite several opportunities.

    But the deadlock was broken early in the second-half when Scott Sinclair put Celtic ahead. Ade Azeez brought the visitors level 14 minutes later before Tomas Cerny saved a Sinclair penalty.

    Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi was handed his first start by Brendan Rodgers, one of five changes from the side which had beaten Hearts 5-0 at the weekend to secure the title.

    And the home side pushed forward from kick-off, with Callum McGregor, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair looking lively up front, and Cristian Gamboa, playing on the right of a four-man midfield, having a shot saved by Thistle goalkeeper, Cerny, after 10 minutes.

    Nir Bitton had a great chance to give Celtic the lead on the 20-minute mark after Emilio Izaguirre delivered a free-kick from the right-side into the six-yard box. The Israeli midfielder climbed above the Thistle defence but couldn’t keep his header on target.

    And then debutant Kouassi dispatched a hopeful shot from 30 yards just before the half-hour mark, but it went wide of the mark.

    Roberts, once again playing up front through the middle, was causing Thistle problems, while McGregor came close with a shot. And the half drew to a close with Bitton coming close again, though Cerny did well to save.

    Having kept Celtic at bay for the first 45 minutes, Thistle’s defence was breached just four minutes into the second-half, and it was Roberts and Sinclair who combined well, the latter finishing well from a tight angle to put the Hoops ahead with his 22nd goal of the season.

    Gamboa then fired in a powerful shot from 20 yards out but Cerny was equal to the task, while McGregor shot over after conjuring up a yard of space inside the box. And Paradise was stunned when the visitors snatched an equaliser in the 63rd minute through Ade Azeez, who finished well from a Chris Elliott cross.

    However, just two minutes later, Celtic were awarded a penalty when Gamboa was fouled inside the area as he crossed the ball into the middle. Scott Sinclair stepped up, but Cerny did well to save the spot-kick.

    And Jozo Simunovic was called upon 10 minutes later to deny Azeez a second goal, blocking the Thistle forward’s shot inside the area.

    Celtic continued to press forward in search of a winner but had to settle for a share of the spoils, although their unbeaten domestic run has now been extended to 38 games.

    CELTIC (3-4-3) Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchenko; Gamboa, Kouassi (Rogic 61), Bitton, Izaguirre (Armstrong 61); McGregor (Aitchison77), Sinclair; Roberts
    Subs: Bailly, Toure, Henderson, Tierney

    PARTICK THISTLE: Cerny; Booth, Lindsay, Amoo (Doolan 54), Barton; Elliott, Devine, Azeez, Keown, Edwards, McCarthy (Erskine 72).
    Subs: Ridgers, Dumbuya, Lawless, McLaughlin, Nisbet

    Website Man of the Match: Callum McGregor

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