IAN McCALL has told his Partick Thistle players they are 90 minutes from immortality after drawing holders Celtic at Firhill in the Scottish Cup.

The Maryhill boss also believes the financial benefits of a home game against Neil Lennon’s champions will boost his spending power in the January transfer window.

McCall, speaking to Daily Record, said: “Our players have got to think that after two years that have been so tough for our club, they have the chance to become absolute bloody legends over 90 minutes.

“Financially, it really helps for the business we hope to do in January.

“It’s a great game for the fans and the players and one to look forward to.”

However, before he turns his thoughts to upsetting the Hoops, McCall will focus on the run of crucial league fixtures starting with this evening’s home clash with Alloa followed by a trip to face Dunfermline on Saturday.

Two wins would see them overtake them both in the Championship table.

McCall added: “I think Dundee United – with Lawrence Shankland fit – could stretch away, but as far as the other nine teams are concerned, if someone wins four or five in a row they can go anywhere.
“The Alloa game is obviously big for us, but Saturday is just as big – and so it goes on.

“We’ve set the players a target for January that we are within four or five points of fourth place.

“I’ve had 10 games here – and I don’t include the League Cup tie with Celtic – and we’ve won six of them.

“We had a chat about four games ago that we had a run of games we wanted to do well in and by the time the end of the month comes we won’t be where we are right now in the league.

“We’ve got to try to get to the play-offs – for the fans more than anything else.”

The experienced Firhill gaffer is due to meet new club owner Colin Weir and his Three Black Cats group in the next couple of weeks to discuss future plans.



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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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