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Celtic boosted for blemished victory on return to domestic action

| 09.08.2015

Boosted by their successful European venture to Azerbaijan in midweek, Celtic refocus their attentions on the Scottish Premiership hoping to carry on where they left off with victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Ronny Delia’s Bhoys began their title defence in efficient fashion when defeating Ross County 2-0 at Celtic Park and with a flurry of league games now in prospect, another three points will be the only target.

Having won all four Premiership clashes with an aggregate score of 13-0 last season, including a 3-0 raid across the city, Celtic will be hoping to cash in on encounters against the Jags again in 2015/16.

Judging by Ladbrokes’ price of 2/5 on the away win, the bookmakers certainly envisage a lot of support for the reigning champions.

Meanwhile, the draw is a 7/2 chance and Alan Archibald’s men are deemed the big 8/1 outsiders for a rare victory over their Glasgow rivals.

Considering the hosts failed to find the net once in 360 minutes of action against the Bhoys last season, simply getting on the score sheet in this game will be seen as something of a triumph.

This is something Partick had managed when welcoming Celtic twice to Firhill having returned to the top tier in 2013/14, so Archibald’s men will hope a little bit more freshness in his squad’s legs can have an impact.

With Ladbrokes enhancing the Celtic win with both teams scoring from 15/8 out to 11/4, there is a pattern worth noting.

No fewer than five times in the fixture directly after a midweek European tie last season, the Bhoys conceded one goal.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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