22 Feb Partick Thistle Vs St Johnstone: Preview
By Lewis McKenzie
Partick Thistle fans have been starved of action in recent times, their previous two scheduled league matches postponed due to a water logged pitch.
Now however, it will be a case of third time lucky as they take on St Johnstone at Firhill on Tuesday night.
The Jags bolstered their squad during the January transfer window, with Antonio German and Aiden Nesbitt arriving at the club. German, a striker, makes Thistle the thirteenth club he has played for in his career so far, at still only 24 years of age. After making a promising start as a youth at Queens Park Rangers, German was moved on and has since failed to make a permanent home for himself, however will hope that Maryhill provides the solution.
Nesbitt, meanwhile, signed for the club on loan from Celtic. The 18 year old playmaker is rated highly at Parkhead, making his debut for the senior side in September against Raith Rovers. Thistle have struggled for goals this season, with a record of 22 the lowest in the league. They will look to the Scotland under-19 international to provide a creative spark, something he has previously demonstrated after scoring a hat-trick against Rangers in the SFA Youth Cup Final last year.
As a result of the postponements, Thistle have found themselves drop down the table, currently tied level on points with Kilmarnock (28), although with a somewhat remarkable four games in hand still to play.
St Johnstone have played two matches more than Thistle, and sit 5th place in the table on 35 points, however have struggled over the winter period. Prior to picking up a much needed victory over Motherwell at the weekend, the Perth side had not won since defeating Ross County 3-2 back at the start of December.
After the long running transfer saga of Michael O’Halloran finally ended in the player’s departure to Rangers, with the club re-signing Danny Swanson after he was releasd by Hearts. Former Real Madrid and West Ham midfielder Julien Faubert has departed following a trial, however centre back Plamen Krachuno will remain for a further few days.
Top scorer Steven MacLean, with 11 goals for St Johnstone this season, should provide the main goal threat for the side, having signed a new one year deal in January.
The last time the sides met was back in October at McDiarmid Park, with Thistle winning all three points after a 2-1 victory.
Partick Thistle Vs St Johnstone
Tuesday 23rd February, 2016
7:45pm, Firhill Stadium