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THISTLE LEFT “GUTTED” AFTER LATE RANGERS FIGHTBACK

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PATRICK THISTLE’S Christie Elliott spoke of his side’s heartache after once again conceding a 1-0 lead at home to Rangers.

The 25-year-old striker has formed a formidable partnership with Kris Doolan which has seen the Maryhill team place in the top six this season. However, he revealed how hurt he was that they couldn’t hold their lead, for the second time this season against the Ibrox club.

Asked how the team reacted to Joe Garner’s last minute headed winner, Elliott spoke of the impact it had in the home dressing room.

“Gutted, just totally devastated for all the effort we put in throughout the game,” he revealed.

“Obviously we just need to take our chances, in the first half we had a few which we should have put away. I felt we controlled the game for about 70 minutes but to come away with nothing is heart-breaking.”

It was Elliott’s perfectly weighted cross that found Kris Doolan to score the opening goal of the match.

“The gaffer is probably right as we’ve had a lot of hard games and it does take it out of you.

“But we’ve got to cut that out of our game as we conceded a lot of late goals in games and it’s happened too many times now.

“If we can hang on a bit longer or get that extra goal it would take us a step forward.”

In the last fifteen minutes on Sunday, Barrie McKay and Joe Garner goals stole away what would have been a deserved victory for the home side.

“If we can hang on a bit longer or get that extra goal it would take us a step forward.”

“We controlled the game for about 70 minutes, we created a lot of chances.”

Elliott also gave a frank analysis of Rangers attacking prowess throughout the match.

“I didn’t really see a threat from Rangers but a game can change as soon as they got a goal it can go either way and they got the winner and all the lads are heartbroken now.

“Rangers have taken all the points from us this season but in this game we controlled the game and we’re all just gutted.”

This was the second time that Rangers had rallied late at Firhill and the Thistle players must’ve felt déjà vu back to November when Joe Dodoo scored a 94th minute winner.

The comeback will lift some pressure off Pedro Caixinha after his side were embarrassed twice in a fortnight by Champions Celtic, with a 2-0 cruising at Hampden then a humbling by 5 goals to 1 at Ibrox.

Thistle welcome the Champions next Thursday after a trip on Saturday to McDiarmid Park against St Johnstone.

The Jags are one of four sides to have managed to secure a draw against Celtic this season after a steely 1-1 draw at Celtic Park last month. Rangers managed to get their only point of the season against Celtic at Parkhead in March and the Champions dropped 2 points twice in the Highlands, in their two 2-2 draws against Inverness in September and controversially against Ross County on Easter Sunday.

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