RYAN EDWARDS reckons losing to Celtic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday will help Partick Thistle in their bid to ensure a sixth successive season in the Premiership.

The Australian midfielder praised the spirit among his team-mates as they refused to fold as the Hoops raced into a 2-0 lead in only 10 minutes courtesy of a double strike from James Forrest on his way to his first-ever hat-trick.

Kris Doolan pulled one back after an awful passback from Jozo Simunovic, but Alan Archibald’s men went two behind again shortly after the interval when the in-form winger netted again.

But a late goal from Conor Sammon set up a nervy finish before the holders made it through to the quarter-finals where they will face Championship outfit Morton in Glasgow next month.

Edwards insisted that sort of gutsy performance at the home of the champions emphasised the battling qualities of the Firhill team as they attempt to get away from their current 10th spot in the top flight.

The 24-year-old playmaker remarked: “I think that says a lot about the team.

“The Celtic game at Firhill a few weeks ago, then the Rangers game, and at Parkhead and staying in the contest and competing really well just shows the group is in it together to try and get out of the position we’re in.”

All eyes at Firhill now turn towards Saturday’s match against Dundee, one spot above the Jags in the table.

Edwards added: “We’ve three massive games coming up – Dundee at home, Hamilton away and Ross County away.

“If you look at the position we’re in, it’s such a tight league. I think we’ve got six or seven games left before the split.

“We’ve got teams in and around us in the table coming up and that will probably determine where we finish.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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