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Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Celtic – 18th May 2017

It was a disappointing night at Firhill for Partick Thistle as Celtic flew out the traps against the Jags running out comfortable 5-0 winners over the Maryhill side.

Manager, Alan Archibald spoke to shortly after the full time whistle to give his thoughts on the 90 minutes.

“It was a very disappointing night. We played with a fear right from the start and Celtic fully exploited it. They could have been ahead before they won the penalty after 15 minutes and when they went in at 3-0 up at half time, I think they took the foot off the gas if I’m being honest.

“Celtic played the game at a really high tempo and we just couldn’t get anywhere near them. We stood off them and allowed their good players to get the ball in attacking zones and they punished them.”

Jags fans had the worrying sight of seeing Abdul Osman and Tomas Cerny being substituted at half time, something the manager hopes isn’t too serious.

“Tomas took a sore one on his arm when Celtic went 2-0 up and he couldn’t make it into the second half. Abdul came off worse in a challenge with Boyata so we’ll see how they are over the next couple of days. It disrupted us a little as it forced us to use two substitutes. We were going to make changes anyway but the injuries dictated who we have to bring on.”

Thistle have an opportunity to sign off with a win on Sunday as Aberdeen come to Firhill to sign off the season.

“We have to make sure we put on a show for our fans on Sunday. They pay their hard earned money to come to Firhill and we want to reward that with a win to sign off the campaign. We have two days to prepare before the game and we’ll use it to get a side that we hope can go into the game and get all three points to send the fans into the summer with a victory.”

The final game of the campaign is against Aberdeen. Kick off at Firhill on Sunday is 12:30

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