Thistle try to stop the Invincibles

Boss Alan Archibald has warned his Partick Thistle side to be ready from the first whistle against Celtic at Firhill on Thursday night.

The treble-chasing Hoops have gone 44 domestic games unbeaten since the start of the season and show no signs of slowing down.

Brendan Rodgers’ side showed their prowess against second-placed Aberdeen at Pittodrie last Friday night when they raced into a three-goal lead after only 11 minutes, before running out 3-1 winners.

Thistle are one of the few sides to have taken anything at all from Celtic this season in a 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw last month.

And while Archibald would dearly love to go one better, he believes his side will first of all have to withstand a high-tempo start from the visitors.

He said: “We did well to get a point that night. You need to tick every box, you need eight or nine guys playing at the top end of their game, your goalkeeper to produce good saves and take your chances and we did that.

“But in the first half they nearly blew us away, we couldn’t touch them but the second-half was much better.

“We caused them a few problems.

“But we touched on that today with the lads and went over that with them, we can’t afford to start that way.

“You seen the way they blew Aberdeen away in the first 15 minutes on Friday night.

“I think they are sometimes better away from home, they are a bit more dynamic and go for the jugular so we need to make sure we start well and are well in the game.

“We know now that we have got a point from them and we can hopefully exploit some of their negatives.

“There are not many but hopefully we can do that.”

Archibald is more concerned with securing at least one post-split victory before the end of the season than ending the Hoops’ unbeaten domestic run.

The former Jags defender said: “It would be a massive three points. We just want to sign off with three points in one or two of our last games.

“We have got in the top six and not won a game and that has been hugely frustrating, so it is more about our pride.

“We are not really interested in stopping Celtic in terms of that (run), it is more about three points and give our fans something to cheer about for the end of the season.”

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