After their disappointing Madrid Cup Final result just two days prior, Celtic were back to league duty against a Thistle team desperate to get a positive result after a difficult start to the season.
The first half was even throughout but it was Thistle who had the first opening when Gary Sim burst through but was stopped in his tracks by a terrific Lewis Anderson tackle.
Anderson then created a chance of his own at the other end, swinging in a great ball into Shane Odie at the far post but his header was dragged wide.
Connor Regan had the best chance of the first half. After side-stepping a couple of Thistle tackles, the midfielder was in one-on-one with Saul Swanson but Thistle’s number one got down well to save.
A couple of injuries upset then upset the flow of the opening period with Thistle losing Callum Johnson with an ankle injury and James Aitken being forced off for Celtic.
The second half stared with Celtic on top and they got the breakthrough after a couple of minutes. A good move down the right side culminated in a Shane Odie cross which was turned in by the in-form Kennedy Moar.
There were few chances created by either team for the remainder of the half with the majority of the game being battled out in midfield.
With the game going into the last 10 minutes, Arron Peart broke free down the left and cut back a cross to the edge of the box where Calvin Leask was poised and the midfielder’s deflected shot wrong-footed Haynes in the Celtic goal to make it 1-1.
Celtic could have sealed all three points with the final attack of the match but Brendan Johnson’s shot struck the head of Swanson on the Thistle goal line and the Thistle defence were able to clear. The teams therefore shared the spoils with neither team too happy with their overall performance. Best on the night for Thistle was Sim while Anderson stood out for Celtic.
CELTIC TEAM: K Haynes, R Smith, J Clubb, L Anderson, E Smith, C Regan, J Aitken (B Johnson), R Grant, S Odie, S Sim (L Spence), K Moar