Celtic edges Partick Thistle

Glasgow, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) - Virgil van Dijk scored on the hour mark on Wednesday to give Celtic a 1-0 win over Partick Thistle at Celtic Park.

Coming off a 3-1 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League on Nov. 27, the Hoops rebounded nicely with a 4-0 thrashing of Hearts in the Scottish Cup and hoped to carry that positive momentum over to Wednesday.

But it took a little while for the hosts to get rolling as the clubs played to a scoreless draw in the opening 45 minutes before Van Dijk fired home his second goal of the season to hand all three points to Celtic.

The result extends Celtic's lead atop the Scottish Premier League to three points over second-place Inverness, while Partick Thistle remains in ninth place on 15 points from 14 matches played.