Thistle’s chance of history

Alan Archibald has told his Partick Thistle squad they will be another step closer to claiming a place in the Jags hall of fame if they upset Aberdeen on Sunday.

The Maryhill outfit travel to Pittodrie for their William Hill Scottish Cup last-eight showdown

Victory would book the club its first semi-final slot since 2002 and leave them dreaming of a date with glory.

Thistle have not lifted a major trophy since a side containing Firhill favourites Alan Rough and Jimmy Bone stunned Celtic 4-1 in the 1971 League Cup final.

Pictures of that celebrated team still decorate the walls at their ground in Glasgow’s West End and Archibald would love to see his side remembered in the same way.

He said: “There are still photos of the ’71 team all over the place while Roughy drops in a wee mention every time you see him.

“There are even lounges at the stadium named after these guys, which is fantastic.

“That’s what a cup run is all about.

“Down south I think they have lost the romantic side of these competitions, but up here we still very much embrace that side of it.

“Everyone loves it and that’s why we want to go throw everything at it on Sunday.”

Thistle head to the Granite City on a run of four straight wins.

Archibald’s side have also racked up four clean sheets during that sequence and he admits his defence will have to be just as solid when they take on Derek McInnes’ team.

“I was at Hamilton the other night and while Aberdeen lost the game, their play was fantastic,” he said.

“They put a lot of crosses into the box and had a hell of a lot of corners, so we know we’re going to be tested to the max come Sunday.

“We have competed well enough against Aberdeen this season and we have enough confidence following our recent results that we feel we can go and get a result.

“But we will need to put in a perfect performance. That means matching our recent defensive displays as well as making sure we score at the right time. “

Alan Archibald has told his Partick Thistle squad they will be another step closer to claiming a place in the Jags hall of fame if they upset Aberdeen on Sunday.

The Maryhill outfit travel to Pittodrie for their William Hill Scottish Cup last-eight showdown

Victory would book the club its first semi-final slot since 2002 and leave them dreaming of a date with glory.

Thistle have not lifted a major trophy since a side containing Firhill favourites Alan Rough and Jimmy Bone stunned Celtic 4-1 in the 1971 League Cup final.

Pictures of that celebrated team still decorate the walls at their ground in Glasgow’s West End and Archibald would love to see his side remembered in the same way.

He said: “There are still photos of the ’71 team all over the place while Roughy drops in a wee mention every time you see him.

“There are even lounges at the stadium named after these guys, which is fantastic.

“That’s what a cup run is all about.

“Down south I think they have lost the romantic side of these competitions, but up here we still very much embrace that side of it.

“Everyone loves it and that’s why we want to go throw everything at it on Sunday.”

Thistle head to the Granite City on a run of four straight wins.

Archibald’s side have also racked up four clean sheets during that sequence and he admits his defence will have to be just as solid when they take on Derek McInnes’ team.

“I was at Hamilton the other night and while Aberdeen lost the game, their play was fantastic,” he said.

“They put a lot of crosses into the box and had a hell of a lot of corners, so we know we’re going to be tested to the max come Sunday.

“We have competed well enough against Aberdeen this season and we have enough confidence following our recent results that we feel we can go and get a result.

“But we will need to put in a perfect performance. That means matching our recent defensive displays as well as making sure we score at the right time. “