THISTLE forward Martin Grehan is hoping for an end to the unofficial winter shutdown against his former club on Saturday.
The former Stirling Albion hitman has grown tired of the disruption caused by the plummeting temperatures, which has seen five of the Jags’ last nine games called off, with another also falling through because of the referee’s strike.
He said: “I hope this is the end of it all because obviously there’s nothing worse than training all week and preparing to face a team, then when it comes to Saturday the game gets cancelled.
“It’s been frustrating for all of us but we just have to hope the weather stays the way it’s been and we can get some regular football again.”
The 26-year-old signed from Stirling Albion last January, after making 36 appearances during an 18 month spell.
Despite his inside knowledge of the Albion team, Grehan says Ian McCall has had no need to pick his brains.
He continued: “Obviously John O’Neill has taken over there but I think there’s six or seven of the regulars that I know and a few more have come in so I know quite a bit about them.
“But, since we’ve already played them three times this season, the boss already knows what he needs to about them.”
Grehan believes Saturday’s game is a chance for the Jags to turn their season around and begin to climb the table.
He added: “Stirling have been through a bad spell and we’ve drawn our last four games. Our performances have been better of late. We obviously want to put a bit of distance between ourselves and the bottom of the table, but, with the players we’ve got, we want to look up and be challenging at the other end.”
Looking beyond the weekend’s match, Falkirk will visit Firhill on Tuesday for a Scottish Cup fourth round replay, kick-off 7.45pm.
The winner will face St Johnstone in the fifth round on February 5 or 6.