The Hoops got the better of Thistle 5-0 at the Firhill Stadium in the Scottish Premiership, thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Tom Rogic, Patrick Roberts (two) and Callum McGregor.
"He knows what is acceptable within our ethos and how we work but I have empathy for him and it has been a hard season for him in terms of injury and illness".
Celtic will be presented with the league trophy against Hearts at Parkhead on Sunday, and Rodgers is looking to finish the league campaign on a high, before preparing for the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen the following week.
The 24-year-old playmaker started a second consecutive match in the SPL and capped a dominant first half display with a goal on 26 minutes.
He spoke to the striker, who has been second choice behind Moussa Dembele for the majority of the 2016/17 campaign, following the Partick game to explain his reasons for replacing him and they had a "kiss and a cuddle".
Victor Wanyama's former employers Celtic are on the verge of winning the Scottish Premier League unbeaten if they avoid defeat at home to Hearts tomorrow.
"This journey started back in June a year ago and to arrive at this point with 33 wins and four draws and an opportunity on Sunday in front of a packed out Celtic Park to go through and win the game.it would be a remarkable achievement".More news: Clinton aide releases debate prep footage
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said his side had been a joy to watch.
"But this is a different game, this is a team that is starting to understand our game, how we work, how the possession of the ball is key".
"If we can beat the 103 points, great".
"He was outstanding tonight and he understood I also needed to protect him as the only fit striker". In only his first full season as manager of the Bhoys, Rodgers is on the verge of leading the team to a treble.
Archibald conceded his side got off lightly.
He said: "Dermot wakes up in the morning and thinks of Celtic, he looks at everything Celtic, he goes to bed at night, everything Celtic".
"It was very disappointing".