Jags hope to cash in on rivals’ slip

Photographer-Ian Georgeson-07921 567360-Partick Thistle Manager Jackie McNamara at Firhill Stadium.
Photographer-Ian Georgeson-07921 567360-Partick Thistle Manager Jackie McNamara at Firhill Stadium.

PARTICK Thistle gaffer Jackie McNamara said he hopes last Saturday’s postponed game would make the players even keener to get back to business when they face Raith at home this weekend.

Jags have a golden opportunity to put some distance between them and their promotion rivals Dunfermline after the Pars - level with Thistle on points - lost to Livingston on Saturday.

Partick couldn’t capitalise as their game at Cowdenbeath was called off due to a frozen pitch.

McNamara (right) said: “Last week’s away game against Cowdenbeath being called-off was disappointing especially off the back of losing in the Scottish Cup as we wanted to get that out our systems, but if anything hopefully the extra week’s lay-off will make the player’s even hungrier for victory.

“The boys have been working hard on the training ground last week and this week and are all desperate to get back playing.”

The freezing weather has also meant the team has had to change the way they train, but McNamara insists the recent disruption will not adversely effect the team either way.

Looking ahead to the game against Raith, McNamara said: “We’ve played Raith in the league and the Ramsdens Cup this season so we know what to expect.

“They always give us a difficult game and by all accounts they gave Morton a really tough game last week in the 3-3 draw at Starks Park.

“We’re at that period in the season where everyone is jostling for position going into the turn of the year so we want to make sure we keep our position in the league for as long as possible.”

On the players’ front, Sean Welsh and Scott Fox are still out, but Paul Paton returns from suspension this week.

Meanwhile the club is holding a calendar signing session tonight (Thursday) at the stadium in the main stand boardroom from 7.30pm-8.30pm.

Anyone who has bought a calendar and wants it signed can do so or they can buy a calendar on the night and get it signed then.

The whole first team squad will be in attendance.

There are also game ticket package deals for 3, 5, 7 and 9 games packages, starting at £30.

And with the cold weather set to continue there will also be Hotbotts for sale – they’re a portable pad that you sit on to keep you warm.