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Understrength Celtic beat Partick Thistle

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016 Ronnie Esplin

Scott Sinclair scored the only goal of the game as Celtic struggled past bottom side Partick Thistle to go 14 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The 27-year-old winger, one of eight changes to the Hoops line-up, notched the winner in the 16th minute with a clipped strike from 16 yards.

Thistle - beaten 4-1 at home by the champions 11 days ago - more than played their part, but passed up several chances before and after Sinclair's effort as Celtic stretched their unbeaten domestic run to 21 games.

Brendan Rodgers' men also missed opportunities at a sodden Parkhead, but it was far from a vintage display from the home side who also have the luxury of a game in hand over second-placed Rangers.

Rodgers had promised an injection of youth into his squad but in the event only 18-year-old Calvin Miller, primarily a forward, was handed his debut at left back.

Skipper Scott Brown, back from suspension, Sinclair, Mikael Lustig, Callum McGregor, Liam Henderson, Patrick Roberts and Moussa Dembele all returned.

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