Partick Thistle all set to kick-off new season at Hamilton

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Partick Thistle kick off their third successive SPFL Premiership campaign on Saturday when they face Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park.

Alan Archibald’s side completed their pre-season build-up on Monday night when they drew 1-1 with Rotherham United at Firhill.

Now the action begins for real - and striker Christie Elliott for one can’t wait to get started.

The English hitman told the club’s website: “The team are raring to go for the competitive action now and we can’t wait get to get started this week against Hamilton.

“It will be a tough test for us. Hamilton had a good season last season, but we are confident and we can’t wait to get going.”

Jags and Accies met four times in the league last season and apart from Thistle’s 5-0 romp at Firhill in January the matches were all close affairs.

Both games at New Douglas Park ended in draws - 3-3 and 1-1 - while Accies won 2-1 at Firhill last August.

However Thistle were 2-0 winners when the teams clashed in the Scottish Cup at Firhill in November.

Elliott said: “It’s a big game to start off with and we want to get the perfect start to the season with three points. Getting that winning start is really important; it could push us on to a good season if we get a good start.”