Partick Thistle get set to take on Livingston

PARTICK THISTLE manager Jackie McNamara reckons it’ll be a tough away encounter against Livingston on Saturday - but is confident his squad will more than be up to the challenge.

McNamara won August’s Irn-Bru manager of the month award after his side’s blistering start which has seen them rocket to the top of the league and has taken them through to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

Last season’s disappointments seem a lifetime away - and McNamara is keen to banish last campaign’s memories when Livingston beat them twice.

McNamara said: “We’ve got another challenge ahead this weekend with a trip to Livingston and it will be another tough test. John Hughes always has his team well set out and they like to play football.

“It’s been a great start to the season, and I know I keep saying it, but it’s still early days and we’ve got to keep focussed.”

Although Thistle beat Raith Rovers on 3-0 on Sunday in the Challenge Cup, McNamara still feels the squad could have played better.

He said: “We definitely could have played better, especially in the first half. We were disappointed to go into the break 0-0, when we should have been in the lead.”

McNamara wasn’t the only one to get plaudits this week - as Steven Lawless picked up Young Player of the Month.

Lawless (21) joined the Jags in the summer and scored his first goal in a Challenge Cup win over Forfar.

The Thistle boss said: “I was delighted to get the Irn Bru Manager of the Month award, but more so for Steven Lawless getting Young Player of the Month.

It’s very much about the team for us and any awards are for us as a team. It shows we’re doing something right and going in the right direction.”

And as far as injuries are concerned, Kris Doolan is back in training and a decision on his fitness will be made later in the week.