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‘WE DESERVED A POINT AT CELTIC,’ JAGS No.2

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ASSISTANT boss Scott Paterson believes Partick Thistle were worth a point as they went down 1-0 to Celtic at Parkhead last night.
It was Brendan Rodgers’ side’s 12th successive Premiership win as they opened up a 14-point gap over Rangers while still having a game in hand.
Paterson admitted to frustration after watching Ade Azeez and Ziggy Gordon pass up excellent opportunities while Scott Sinclair struck in the 16th minute for the matchwinner.
The Firhill No.2 said: “First and foremost, I thought the boys were very good. They kept their discipline and kept their shape against a very good Celtic team.

“I thought we frustrated them, as well, and we created a good few chances which we never took.

“That was very costly because we could have been walking out of here with a point.

“It’s disappointing that we lost the game to a setplay, just that wee lapse of concentration, because we had kept them quiet for the first 10-15 minutes which is always important when you come here.

“Then you just switch off for that couple of seconds and the ball is in the back of the net, so that is disappointing.”

The chance which fell to Jags defender Gordon looked as though it had given the right-back too much time to think about his finish and he scuffed the ball wide of namesake Craig’s upright.

Paterson said: “I think it was exactly that. The pitch opened up and we expected the ball to go into the back of the net.
“But we’ll keep going. The good thing is we’re creating a lot of chances, but we’ve got to start taking them because it is costing us.

“When you come here you’ve got to ride your luck as well which we did at times because they are a really good team and their movement off the ball is great.

“We’d worked on it to try and keep our shape narrow and force the ball wide and the boys did that very well, so it’s just frustrating.

“I don’t think many teams will come here and create those types of chances.”

Paterson hopes the Jags can take the positives into a crucial run of fixtures over the festive period, starting at Ross County on Friday night.

He added: “I think the belief is still there from the players. I know you can look at the table and we’re still sitting bottom, but we also know that a couple of wins can change things dramatically.”

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