Glasgow, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) - Celtic claimed a 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Parkhead on Wednesday to maintain its seven-point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premier League table.

The hosts were held in check for the better part of the first half, but a 44th-minute red card to James Craigen for denying a goal scoring opportunity allowed Kris Commons to put the Hoops in front from the ensuing penalty.

Celtic was in cruise control from then on, but Stefan Johansen provided an insurance goal in the 63rd minute to help his side rise to 72 points on the season.

Aberdeen managed to stay within touching distance of Celtic by grabbing a 1-0 victory over Inverness on Wednesday. Ashton Taylor netted the lone goal, striking for the home side in the 47th minute.

Also on Wednesday, Dundee FC received goals from Greg Stewart, James McPake and Paul Heffernan en route to a 3-1 victory over Dundee United.