There’ll be extra thrills at Firhill this season as some top European talent comes calling.
We’ve struck a deal with Celtic which will see their under-20s side play their reserve games here plus their home matches in the UEFA NextGen Series – which will see up and coming talent from Sporting Lisbon, Aston Villa and PSV Eindhoven strut their stuff on our hallowed turf.
Partick Thistle General Manager Ian Maxwell explains why the club agreed to groundshare with the young Hoops.
He said: “With the Glasgow Warriors leaving us at the end of last season it was important we tried to replace the revenue we’d lost from their departure. A ground share agreement was always an option, but we had to make sure it worked for us.
“The stadium is our biggest asset and it makes sense to maximise any income from it so when Celtic expressed an interest in holding games here it made sense to look at it.
“The deal we have agreed will see Celtic play a mixture of SPL U20 League and their NextGen Series games here at Firhill.
“It is structured in such a way that a split of the receipts from games at Firhill will stay with PTFC.
“With Celtic up against the likes of Sporting Lisbon, Aston Villa and PSV Eindhoven in the NextGen competition it means PTFC fans can not only get to see some of European footballs stars of the future in action they will also be helping the club.”
The Hoops first match in the NextGen Series will be against Sporting Lisbon at Firhill on Thursday September 6th with a 7.30pm kick off.