Partick Thistle want to finish super season in style

PARTICK Thistle manager Alan Archibald hopes to cap a phenomenal season and finish on a high when they travel to play Dumbarton on Saturday.

The Jags are on cloud nine at the moment after parading the First Division trophy at Firhill last weekend following their 3-3 draw against crisis hit club Dunfermline - but are keen to keep the momentum going heading into their final league game.

Archibald said: “It goes without saying we have had a really great season and all credit goes to the squad who have risen to the challenge.

“The number of games we have had to play over the last month has been heavy and the players have done what was asked of them.

“But we need to keep this momentum going ahead of our last game against Dumbarton.

“They won last week and will be keen to do this again, but I’m taking the squad down there to win and finish the season on a high note.”

On finally getting their hands on the First Division trophy at Firhill last Saturday, Archibald said: “It was just amazing. There was a real party atmosphere at Firhill and the fans were just great. It was so good to bring the trophy back to Firhill.

“The players and the fans have both risen to the challenge.”

There was even more good news this week with the news that Chris Erskine, who is heading off to Dundee United next season, has been nominated for the Professional Football Association First Division Player of the Year.

Archibald said: “The award is particularly special to the players as it is voted for by the guys they play against week in and week out.

“You can’t vote for a player in your own team so it just goes to show that Partick Thistle have made a big impression on all our opponents this season.”

Chris is one of four up for the award - the other three are: Michael Tidser (Morton), Stefan Scougall (Livingston) and Lyle Taylor (Falkirk).

The winner will be announced at the PFA Awards on Sunday May 5.