Thistle in positive mood after Celtic game

Paperino's, Byres Road, Glasgow'Jags manager Alan Archibald'Pic by Alan Murray  18-10-13
Paperino's, Byres Road, Glasgow'Jags manager Alan Archibald'Pic by Alan Murray 18-10-13

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald is hoping for two out of three against Aberdeen as his team complete a hat-trick of table top cripplers.

The Jags have held up well during a punishing schedule against the Premiership’s leading lights recently - beating third placed Inverness Caley and running leaders Celtic close on Sunday.

They now face high-flying Aberdeen, currently second, at Pittodrie on Monday.

Archibald said the recent tough fixture run has been good for his team, and took heart from their performance in the 2-1 reverse against the champions at Firhill on Sunday.

He said:“We ran the champions very, very close.

“In the first half we gave them too much respect which we paid for, but in the second I was a lot happier with the way we played.

The problem is we were playing the champions and when you give them a chance they take it.

“They are clinical and make teams pay when you make mistakes against them.

“I think if we play the way we did last Sunday against any other team, we will not be too far away from putting points on the board.”

Archibald was also happy with the effort and commitment put in by all members of the squad.

He said: “I can’t fault them. We worked hard.

“I am just disappointed that we didn’t take anything from the game.”

Thistle’s match under the northern floodlights at Pittodrie kicks off at 7.45pm.