Date: 20th December 2016 at 9:31am
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By Emma Sanders

Alan Archibald claims Patrick Thistle will have a chance against Celtic on Tuesday evening because Brendan Rodgers’ players could start to get nervous.

The Patrick boss believes Celtic’s pursuit of an unbeaten record might bring out nervousness from the players and they may play more defensively in order to not concede.

Archibald believes if his side stay in the game, they could have a chance to grab a goal and could took advantage of the fact Rodgers’ players are focused on the record.

“If you keep it close, what with them going for a record as well, maybe that will bring nervousness. They’re desperate to go unbeaten, without a doubt, and that will bring a bit of strain as well,” said Archibald, as reported by the Daily Record.

“Do they go and keep on battering teams as they used to do or do they hold off and keep things tight? As long as you stay in the game you can get at any team.”

Celtic have had a sensational start to the 2016-17 campaign, qualifying for the Champions League and lifting the Betfred League Cup before Christmas.

They are flying at the top of the Scottish Premiership league table too and could have a 14-point lead if they claim victory against Patrick Thistle in the mid-week clash.

The Hoops have not lost a game in Scotland, winning 16 of their first 17 domestic fixtures and have already been tipped to finish the season unbeaten.

Celtic head into Tuesday’s fixture on the back of a close 2-1 victory against Dundee, following goals from Leigh Griffiths and Nir Bitton.

Patrick Thistle drew their last league fixture 1-1 against Hamilton but currently sit at the bottom position of the league table, a huge 31 points behind Celtic.

In other Celtic news, this rookie is the Young Player of the Year in 2016.