Partick Thistle came to Celtic Park with a game plan. They were compact, denied us space and when necessary threw their bodies on the line.
Alan Archibald set out his team to frustrate us, and unlike most of the other teams that have visited Paradise this season, they never set out to kick us.
The fact that Brendan Rodgers decided to change the team considerably helped Thistle’s cause. That and a missed penalty from Scott Sinclair.
However, some players needed game time and with the league safely wrapped up, last night was an ideal opportunity to give those players a run out.
Eboue Koussi started his first league game, Emilio got an hour, Cristian Gamboa lasted the full ninety minutes and Tom Rogic managed a valuable half hour.
The changes also allowed regular starters captain Scott Brown, Keiran Tierney, Dedryck Boyata and Stuart Armstrong some rest, although Stuart did feature as a substitute.
Over the piece, a 1-1 draw was probably a fair result, the referee had very little to do, although he could brush up on playing advantage, and more importantly our 38 game unbeaten run continues.
Now we move on to Kilmarnock at Celtic Park this Saturday, when Elbows McCulloch brings his hammer throwers to town. I’m sure they’ll come with a different attitude to Thistle…
*Unlike the last team to draw at Celtic Park, Partick Thistle did not be celebrating like they won the Champions League. Only teams with a small club mentality do that.