Hoops back on right track with a stroll past Partick
Celtic 2 Partick Thistle 0
Celtic resumed normal service in the Ladbrokes Premiership but only at half-throttle with a 2-0 win over Partick Thistle at Parkhead.
The Hoops' 4-0 defeat at Hearts on Sunday was their first domestic loss in 69 games, and it was a subdued home side who led at the interval through a powerful 35th minute strike by midfielder Stuart Armstrong.
Brendan Rodgers' men continued to labour after the break before left-back Kieran Tierney added a second in the 67th minute to make sure of the win which took them five points ahead of second-placed Aberdeen, who visit on Saturday.
Following that capitulation in Edinburgh, Rodgers made three changes with 19-year-old French striker Odsonne Edouard, stopper Kristoffer Ajer and midfielder Armstrong coming into the starting line-up.
Leigh Griffiths and Olivier Ntcham dropped to the bench, while the injured Jozo Simunovic missed out.
Despite Celtic looking to make amends for Sunday, there was a surprisingly low-key start to the match in front of a relatively small home crowd.
Nothing much happened in either penalty area until the 12th minute when Hoops defender Ajer got on the end of a Scott Sinclair free-kick only to knock it over the bar with his shoulder.
Jags keeper Tomas Cerny made a decent save from a Tierney drive before Sinclair fizzed a shot from 25 yards over the bar just past the half-hour mark.
However, three minutes later, and somewhat out of the blue, Celtic took the lead.
Armstrong took a pass from Tierney and eased into the Thistle penalty area and, upon finding himself with space and no road block, the Scotland midfielder took the opportunity to hammer an angled-drive high past Cerny.
Just past the hour mark, Partick's keeper made a fine save down at his left-hand post from an Edouard volley after Maryhill defender Jordan Turnbull inadvertently headed a clearance straight to the striker 14 yards from goal.
Minutes later the Thistle keeper again saved from the Frenchman, who had swept a Sinclair cut-back towards goal from eight yards.
Celtic eventually got their second when the tireless Tierney drove forward again, worked a one-two with Sinclair and from six yards fired past Cerny into the roof of the net.
A standing ovation in the 69th minute from the Celtic supporters paid tribute to the side's British domestic unbeaten record and at last the champions found some zip, but ultimately no more goals.
Celtic: Gordon, Ajer, Lustig, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Forrest (Hayes, 62 mins), McGregor, Sinclair (Johnston, 71 mins), Edouard (Griffiths, 79 mins). Unused subs: Dembele, Ntcham, Sviatchenko, Hazard.
Partick: Cerny, Turnbull, Keown, Devine, Lawless, McGinn, Edwards, McCarthy (Erskine, 58 mins), Barton, Spittal (Fraser, 73 mins), Storey (Doolan, 64 mins). Unused subs: Nitriansky, Scully, Sammon, Nisbet.
Referee: Alan Muir
Man of the match: Stuart Armstrong
Match rating: 6/10