Partick Thistle aim to kick off new season with a win

Saved the Jags, Saved the Jags.... Alan Archibald resigns for Partick Thistle.
Saved the Jags, Saved the Jags.... Alan Archibald resigns for Partick Thistle.

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald is targeting a win tomorrow (Friday) – as they kick off the new SPFL season against Dundee United.

The Firhill outfit will welcome the Arabs – and former Jags manager Jackie McNamara – to Maryhill for the opening game in Thistle’s premiership campaign, and they are determined to make a good start.

Archibald said: “The plan is simply to go out and win. I don’t need to tell any of the lads that this is going to be a massive game for us.

“I’ve worked with Jackie and respect him, but think we can take anything that Dundee can throw at us.”

The game will be a welcome return to top flight football for Thistle. It has been nine years since they have played in the top division.

On the injury front the manager said that most of the players were fit and ready, but revealed: “There are question marks over Stuart Bannigan, Sean Welsh and Jordan McMillan as they are all recovering from injuries.

Meanwhile Archibald signed two new players to his squad on Wednesday – former Aberdeen defensive midfielder Isaac Osbourne (26) and Barcelona’s Simon Colina.

Archibald said: “I think we are signing two quality players here.

“Isaac is an experienced SPL player and Simon has got plenty to offer. ”