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‘TIME TO STOP THE ROT,’ JAGS BOSS

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PARTICK THISTLE are aiming to end almost half-a-century of hurt when they face Rangers at Firhill tomorrow afternoon.
The last time the Jags overcame an Ibrox side was in May 1993 when they ran riot in a three-goal triumph with Ray Farningham, Grant Tierney and Gerry Britton scoring in a remarkably one-sided encounter.
Alan Archibald’s team would welcome an action replay in the live television broadcast by SKY, but the boss realises they will have to up their game.
He said: “We were miles off it at Motherwell last week and I’ve only seen a few performances like that in the league from us this season.
“We have a good group and we always seem to get a reaction from them and we will need that in the game against Rangers.
“We are playing against one of the top sides with a big crowd and that usually brings it out of the players.

“We know they will have a lot of the ball because that’s how they like to play, but we have to take our chances. We had a few half ones at Ibrox before they scored.

“We have to make sure we stay in the game and hurt them when we get the chance.”

Thistle are second bottom of the league, but are still only two points from a top-six place.

The Maryhill boss said: “It was a bit similar last year when we went into the Ross County game looking to get into the top six and missed out.

“Then, a few weeks later, we were playing a game at Kilmarnock to stay out of the relegation play-off spot. That’s how tight it is.
“We have to just take care of ourselves and look to get a run of results that keeps us away from trouble.”

After the visit of Rangers, Thistle face a Christmas run-in that includes matches against Hearts and two encounters with champions Celtic.

Archibald added: “I think what makes it looks worse is that we face Rangers, Hearts and Celtic twice in a short space of time.

“However, if you look at the bigger picture come the end of the month, we play all the teams that are in and around us, so it evens itself out.”
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