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Partick clash on par with European outing as skeleton Celtic squad set out to prove a point

Celtic face two cup matches in the next seven days, and most people would suggest that the match against Zenit in the Europa League is more important than the Scottish Cup clash against Partick Thistle.
However, both seem to be of equal importance, and the Partick tie in particular will be a test of how the Hoops can cope with so many players out injured, and how they bounce back from defeat.
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side aren’t used to domestic defeats, the recent 1-0 reverse to Kilmarnock only the second he has faced since taking over in the East End of Glasgow.
The Bhoys responded to the previous defeat – the 4-0 loss to Hearts in December – by winning six of their next seven games. It will be interesting to see how they respond to this reverse, if they can once more go on a run.
The Hoops will also need to show that they can cope with so many players out injured, something which they failed to do against Kilmarnock.
The injuries they picked up in that game threw the team out of their stride, they must be able to show that they are stronger than that.
A good for the Bhoys against Partick would not only put them only three wins away from completing another domestic treble, but would also restore confidence ahead of the game against Zenit.
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