Thistle up for the cup

PARTICK Thistle will have their work cut out for them when they face Premier Division side St Johnstone tomorrow in the Scottish Cup Fifth round, says Paul Paton.

The defender said: “Obviously St Johnstone are a good side, but we are in good form at the moment. We should not be cautious of them.”

The trip to McDiarmid Park will test the Thistle squad, but according to the 22-year-old they are ready for the challenge ahead of them.

The former Queen’s Park player added: “I thing they [St Johnstone] have a lot of strengths and we need to be strong and focused on what we have to do. They have some good players which could cause us all sorts of problems.”

One of those identified by Paton is London-born Jody Morris.

The 32-year-old former Chelsea player was part of the squad which won the European Cup Winners Cup and the FA Cup, and he has also represented England at Under-21 level.

Paton said of him: “He is a good player and has come from a good pedigree. We will have to watch him.”

There is no disguising the fact that tomorrow’s game will be a tough one, especially as it is away from home, but Paton (pictured above) reckons the travelling support will give them a welcome boost.

He said: “When we play away from home our supporters are always more vocal and I have no doubt that now we are on a roll they will be behind us a hundred per cent.”