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Partick Thistle v Celtic
SPFL, Wednesday 26th March, 19:45
After a comfortable 3-0 vistory against St Mirren at the weekend, Celtic have the opportunity to win the title when they visit Firhill, but only if Aberdeen slip up first.
Another title party is coming soon
Going into the local derby 24 point ahead at the top of the SPL, Celtic know that another four points will secure the title. If Ross County can upset Aberdeen the night before however, then the league title can be won on Wednesday night. A win against Thistle is far from certain however after back-to-back home wins for the Jaggies have lifted the struggling side into 8th in the league and helped ease their relegation play-off fears.
Patrick Thistle has been resolute against The Hoops so far this season but have yet to take a point. Despite a narrow 1 -0 defeat in Celtic Park in January, and a 2-1 loss at Firhill earlier in the season, Thistle may take solace in the close nature of the two defeats , and know that a third home win on the bounce would likely take them clear of the relegation play-off position currently occupied by St Mirren. Meanwhile Celtic will be hoping for a business as usual performance after another easy win at the weekend.
Guessing Celtic’s starting eleven is a tricky prospect with the chance of rotation perhaps higher than usual. After starting at the weekend, 17 year old midfielder Liam Henderson will be hoping for a continued run in the team, however Ambrose, Samaras, and Pukki, will all be pushing for starting roles after coming off the bench against St Mirren. Kayal will be pushing for a return to the team after making the bench last weekend, however Johansson’s first goal for the club with make it difficult for Lennon to drop the Norwegian for the midweek encounter.
Balde scoring the winner the last time Celtic visited Firhill
Despite a 1-0 defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the weekend, the home side are unlikely to make too many changes to their starting eleven after manager Alan Archibald focussed on his team’s positives after the loss.
While Celtic fans will be cheering on Ross County against Aberdeen on Tuesday night, regardless of the result a title party will be waiting for the Hoops this coming week. Whether it happens against Thistle on Wednesday night or at home to Ross County three days later, two wins for Celtic will secure the club’s 45th league title. Enjoy it when it happen Bhoys!