MOST football fans are eagerly looking forward to Saturday’s international clash between Scotland and the Czech Republic - but for resurgent Partick Thistle, it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The crunch European Championship qualifier means that there are no First Division games this weekend, a lay-off the Firhill players fear might break their momentum.
Partick’s form has begun to improve in the past two weeks, which has seen them gain a creditable draw with Hamilton and beat Queen of the South on Saturday.
Those results marked a turn around after a bad opening spell where they lost their first two games and crashed out of two cup competitions.
They want to build on their recent progress but they are not in action again till September 10, when they travel to Dingwall to take on Ross County.
Midfielder Paul Cairney, crowned Man of the Match following his team’s triumph over the Doonhamers, says that the international break has come at the worst possible time for Thistle, who are looking to gather some momentum in the division.
The 24-year-old said: “It’s bad timing for us, especially after just getting our first win of the league but I’m sure we’ll be training hard and be ready for the Ross County game. We need to start well in the first half when we’re away from home and hopefully we’ll be able to get the win.”
On the Queen of the South match, a win which was sealed by a strike by new boy Christie Elliot, Cairney said: “We definitely deserved to win. I thought we created the better chances. Credit to Queen of the South, they came at us when we went a goal up. It was a mistake to lose the goal but thankfully Christie managed to score.
“Before that match we were playing well enough, without getting results. Thankfully we got a win and we can take it on board for the next game.
“I thought I played well, it’s great to be in the team and hopefully I can get better. I was happy with my performance but even happier with the result.”