Thistle chasing first Ibrox win for 35 years

Thistle boss Alan Archibald was frustrated after Saturdays draw with Motherwell.
Thistle boss Alan Archibald was frustrated after Saturdays draw with Motherwell.

Partick Thistle make the short trip across Glasgow to face Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday hoping that history can repeat itself 12 months on.

Exactly a year ago Alan Archibald’s men went into their match with Dundee United at Firhilll bottom of the table.

But a 3-0 win lifted them off the bottom and after that they never looked back.

Jags wouldn’t be heading for Ibrox at the foot of the table had they beaten Motherwell on Saturday.

And a frustrated Archibald admitted that, after dominating the first half, his side had let the Fir Parkers off the hook as they escaped with a point after a 1-1 draw.

He said: “I thought we controlled the first half.

“I was very pleased with it. We created a number of chances.

“At the moment we look like we need to score two goals to win the game.

“It’s very frustrating. I think we should have been out of sight.

“There are fine margins in this league. There’s not a lot in it and you can’t control the game for 90 minutes.”

Thistle’s last visit to Ibrox was in 2008 for a Scottish Cup quarter-final when they drew 1-1 before, typically for Thistle, losing the replay at home.

Their last league game there was in 2004 when they lost 2-0 while their last Ibrox victory was way back in 1981 when a certain Maurice Johnston scored one of the goals - George Clark getting the other - in a 2-0 success.