Partick Thistle ready for Stenhousemuir cup tie

THE pre-season build-up is over as Partick Thistle get set to blood themselves in competitive action when they face Stenhousemuir on Saturday in the Alba Challenge Cup.

With manager Jackie McNamara’s new squad now in place and having played the last of their four friendlies on Tuesday, it is now all up to the players to show McNamara they can start the season as they mean to go on - winning.

According to keeper Scott Fox it is crucial the lads make a good start.

He said: “All the boys are right up for Saturday’s game and our win against Celtic will be a great boost to our confidence.”

However the squad will want to forget their 4-1 defeat in the last of their friendlies away to Dumbarton.

Fox added that a win against Stenhousemuir would be a vindication of the players’ pre-season training and confirmation that the new signings have all settled in.

The 24-year-old said: “We now have two new defenders, Aaron Sekhan and Johnny Lindsay. I think they are really enjoying themselves and getting on well with the rest of the squad.”

Looking at the team set-up, Fox added: “I think we now have the right balance of new young players and more experienced ones that will take us forward this year.”

Although Fox didn’t want to make any predictions on the outcome of the Stenny game he said the fact that it was at home counted for a lot.

He added: “We need to play to our strengths and take full advantage of the fact we are on home turf.”

After the Challenge Cup Thistle have a run of two further home games. They play Berwick Rangers in a League Cup match on Saturday, July 30.

Then the following Saturday, Jags kick-off the First Division with a tough game against Dundee.