Jags hope to knock league leaders Ross out for the County

JACKIE McNAMARA has tipped his Partick side to leave Dingwall this Monday afternoon, clutching a valuable three points.

The Thistle boss regards the Ross County fixture as winnable, so long as his players turn in a redoubtable display in the Highlands.

County are unbeaten on league business since August, however, the Jags have run them close in both their last two encounters.

While County wrestled the win from Thistle at Firhill last month, they were held to a 2-2 draw in the Victoria Park tie in September.

This time, McNamara (left) is hopeful his side can kick off the new year in style with a win against the Staggies.

He said: “I don’t see why we can’t go up there and beat them, I know they have been on an excellent run over the last few months but we believe we can get something out of the game.

“The last couple of games between us have been fairly tight and in general, there really hasn’t been too much between us.

“They are a good side and we know they have a lot of good, experienced players but we’ll be going there looking to match them.

“We know it will be a tough game but if we play as well as we can, and defend as well as we had been, then we should be confident of taking home a result.”

Meanwhile, with the departures of loan signings Conrad Balatoni and Kyle Hutton Partick have lost two of their biggest performers this season.

The duo’s absence will leave Thistle fairly thin on the ground, although manager McNamara is keen to enlist more loan signings during the upcoming January transfer window.

He said: “I think Conrad and Kyle had been excellent for us and they’re both players we will miss here.

“Both have big futures in the game and I think they have gained a lot of experience during their time here.

“I’m working hard on bringing in a couple of players on loan in the new year, because we are lacking a bit of depth.

“We are a little short in terms of numbers at the moment but hopefully we are going to be busy and the players we have identified can arrive and help us.

“If we can land the right type of player then it would give us the impetus and freshness to push on for the remainder of the campaign.”