Alan Archibald has said that Celtic are in Thistle’s crosshairs ahead of tonight’s Ladbrokes Premiership match.
Archibald, who guided Thistle to a record sixth place last season, paid homage to Brendan Rodgers’ ‘Invincibles’ but promised that his side are full of confidence after their 3-0 win at McDiarmid Park over St Johnstone.
“I’m not sure any result sets you up for Celtic but we go into it full of confidence.
“It’s going to be a tough task as you could see with Celtic’s result on Tuesday which blew everyone away given the number of changes.
“You see the strength in depth. They made a couple of changes against us last season and they weren’t as efficient as they were on Tuesday.
“They made eight changes against Kilmarnock and it was like-for-like, there was hardly any difference in the way they played.
“It was like clones of the first team players. I know they were strong last season but I didn’t think they were as strong as that with the changes.”
Archibald was one of the four managers to draw with Celtic last season at Celtic Park; however, his side were beaten 1-0 in the other game at Parkhead then 4-1 and 5-0 at Firhill last season. The former Thistle player was complimentary of Rodgers’ Celtic side as ge prepares to go head-to-head with them.
“It’s a different atmosphere. it’s a bit of a carnival and they bring the fans.
“They were sensational against us when they came to Firhill the last time but a lot of that was down to us because we didn’t make a tackle in the first half.
“We had too many flair players that night. You need to strike the balance because you will be defending a lot but you need to be able to play when you get the chance. If they’re going to get chances then they need to be made to work for them.”
Thistle are hoping to bounce back in the league from a 3-1 defeat away to Hibernian.
Celtic visit Partick Thistle on Friday night at 19:45 with both teams looking for the points under the Maryhill lights.