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Mon 5 July, 2021. Kick Off: - 19:00
Firhill Stadium

Just two days after taking on East Kilbride at K-Park, Partick Thistle are back in action this evening as we take on Rangers at Firhill in friendly action.

The red and yellow army will be back inside Firhill for the first time in over 15 months as the team contest their final pre-season game ahead of the Premier Sports Cup group stage opener against Dunfermline Athletic this Saturday.

A limited number of season ticket holders will be in attendance but we’ll still be comprehensively covering the game for supporters who aren’t coming to the match.

 

Ticket information

Tickets are no longer available for purchase.

A limited number of tickets have been sold for tonight’s match and matchday information for anyone who is coming along is available to read online now. Click HERE to read it.

 

Live Stream

We’ll be providing a livestream of the game which can be watched with a PPV pass, priced at £5.99. You can buy yours HERE.

Our coverage will begin at 18:45 and will take you through the full 90 minutes of action from Maryhill.

We recommend logging in early to avoid issues.

Looking for information on how to log in? Click HERE for full details.

 

Audio Commentary

Our JagZoneLIVE show will also be available to listen to with the build-up getting started at 18:45. The commentary team will bring you audio coverage of the full 90 minutes.

JagZone subscribers can listen in by clicking HERE ahead of kick-off.

 

In-Game Updates

There will be the usual in-depth text commentary available here on ptfc.co.uk

Live updates will also be available on our Twitter page throughout the game.

 

Post-Match

Following the game, we’ll have reaction from the Thistle camp available to watch on JagZone.

There will also be match highlights and a full game replay on JagZone later.

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Richard Foster
3
Kevin Holt
4
Tam O'Ware
7
Scott Tiffoney
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Brian Graham
15
Steven Bell
16
Ciaran McKenna
17
Connor Murray
23
Ross Docherty
 
Subs
28
Mason McCready
6
Ji Stevenson
10
Trialist
14
Zander MacKenzie
19
Ross MacIver
21
Oliver Black
26
Gospel Ocholi
Rangers
1
Robby McCrorie
4
George Edmundson
5
Jack Simpson
9
Jermain Defoe
15
James Maxwell
16
Lewis Mayo
18
Ben Williamson
19
Glenn Middleton
22
Jordan Jones
23
Scott Wright
24
Leon King
 
Subs
Kieran Wright
James Tavernier
Calvin Bassey
Connor Goldson
Ianis Hagi
Steven Davis
Cedric Itten
Alex Lowry
Joe Aribo
Stephen Kelly
Kemar Roofe
Leon Balogan
 
Subs
28
Mason McCready
6
Ji Stevenson
10
Trialist
14
Zander MacKenzie
19
Ross MacIver
21
Oliver Black
26
Gospel Ocholi
 
Subs
Kieran Wright
James Tavernier
Calvin Bassey
Connor Goldson
Ianis Hagi
Steven Davis
Cedric Itten
Alex Lowry
Joe Aribo
Stephen Kelly
Kemar Roofe
Leon Balogan
92’Full Time Report

It's a good showing from Thistle in a tough test against Premiership opposition and it takes a late goal, shortly after Sneddon had saved a controversial penalty, to earn Rangers the win. 

Despite defeat there was much to be encouraged about with this performance. Thistle had the better of the chances in the opening 45 minutes and an increasingly youthful looking Thistle side coped well against more experience opponents in the second. 

We move onto the competitive stuff now with the visit of Dunfermline to Firhill on Saturday. 

 
92’Full Time
 
90’+01’

The ball is thumped deep into the box and although Rangers struggle to clear the ball won't drop to a Thistle foot. 

 
90’+01’

MacIver is fouled and Thistle might have one last chance to get the ball into the Rangers box. 

 
90’

Thistle win a throw down near the Rangers corner flag only for the referee to overrule his assistant and give the throw to Rangers. 

87’Thistle substitution: Oliver Black replaces Connor Murray
86’Thistle substitution: Ji Stevenson replaces Ciaran McKenna
 
86’

Itten gets his head to the corner but can't get over the ball and his header clears the bar. 

85’Rangers corner from the right
83’Goal Rangers! Cedric Itten
Thistle 0 - Rangers 1

No reprieve for Thistle this time as the ball falls to Itten 6 yards out and he thumps the ball home. 

 
82’

Docherty hacks the corner clear before it goes out for a Thistle throw on the far side. 

81’Rangers corner from the left
81’Saved

Sneddon dives to right and saves Tavernier's penalty. 

80’Penalty Rangers

The free kick strikes the wall but referee Aitken clearly thinks he's seen a hand used and points to the spot. 

 
79’

Rangers win a free kick about 5 yards outside the Thistle box, just left of centre. Anxious moment coming up. 

76’Thistle substitution: Zander MacKenzie replaces Brian Graham
 
75’

Roofe's shot rolls up against Sneddon's let hand post before Thistle clear. 

 
75’

Bell sticks out a foot to block an Aribo cross. 

 
74’

Holt heads clear a Hagi cross as Thistle come under some sustained pressure for just about the first time in the game. 

 
72’

Sneddon is able to claim a inswinging corner but the ball clears the Thistle crossbar when a header comes in. 

72’Rangers corner from the left

The pressure is mounting on a Thistle side that has a youthful feel to it. 

 
71’

Roofe turns at the edge of the box but his shot though well enough struck s straight at Sneddon. 

 
69’

After a great cross field pass from Graham, Ocholi's cross for MacIver goes just behind the Thistle striker. 

 
66’

Thistle defend Hagi's corner well and when Hagi is able to return the ball into the Thistle box, Sneddon is there to claim it. 

65’Rangers corner from the left
62’Thistle substitution: Trialist replaces Stuart Bannigan
61’Thistle substitution: Gospel Ocholi replaces Scott Tiffoney
61’Thistle substitution: Ross MacIver replaces Tam O'Ware
58’Rangers corner from the left

Rangers win their first corner of the night as Tavernier's shot is deflected away from goal. 

 
51’

O'Ware tries to create an opening after Bannigan's corner is only partially cleared. 

51’Thistle corner from the right
 
49’

Sneddon does well to get down to his left and a strong hand prevents a shot from finding the back of the net. 

 
45’

No Thistle changes at the break. 

Rangers have made 10 changes at the break. Only the keeper returns for the second half. 

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’Half Time Report

No goals in the opening 45 minutes but much to be encouraged about from a Thistle perspective with The Jags having the better of the chances. 

 
45’Half-Time
 
44’

Bannigan does well to get the ball away from the feet of Williamson inside the box before he is fouled by the Rangers player. 

 
42’

Murray and Foster combine well down the right but Foster can't find a team matre with his cross much to his obvious frustration. 

 
40’

Tiffoney twists his body to get over a cross from the left that McCrorie gets to just ahead of Docherty. 

 
37’

Bannigan threads a pass out to Foster to his right. Foster sends over another good cross that Graham is on the end of with this time his header dropping wide of the keeper's left hand post. 

 
32’

O'Ware is on hand to clear a clever Wright ball into the Thistle box. 

 
29’

Murray tries to find the top right hand corner with the free kick. It's an ambitious effort from a wide position and it doesn't threaten the Rangers goal. 

 
28’

Tiffoney is fouled as he tries to cut inside into the Rangers box and Thistle have a free kick. 

 
27’

It's Murray with the corner from the right . It's aimed deep for O'Ware but is a little too high. 

27’Thistle corner from the right
 
26’

Rangers miss a great chance to take the lead after a bit of slack Thistle play. Jones has the ball on the left side of the Thistle box and he finds Middleton who slices his shot horribly wide of goal. 

 
24’

Graham has the ball in the net after collecting a pass from Docherty. It's a clever finish over the head of McCrorie but the flag was up for a clear offside. 

 
22’

McKenna this time with the cross from the right which is cleared at the expense of a Thistle throw. 

 
21’

Tiffoney's corner is cleared at the front post. 

21’Thistle corner from the left

Thistle are a whisker away from the game's opening goal. Foster's cross from the right finds the head of Graham and it takes a finger tip save from McCrorie to keep the ball out. 

 
18’

Defoe is clean through on goal after a slip from Docherty, albeit a slight angle. Sneddon makes himself as large a target to beat as possible and makes a good stop to keep the score at 0-0. 

 
16’

Tiffoney's corner is far too deep and goes out for a throw on the far side. 

16’Thistle corner from the left

Holt wins Thistle the game's first corner. 

 
15’

First real thrust towards the Thistle goal but Sneddon is able to collect King's low cross at the edge of his six yard box. 

 
11’

O'Ware makes a good interception to prevent a through ball reaching its intended target. 

 
08’

Tiffoney tries a shot from the left hand corner of the Rangers box and his effort clears the bar but no more than a foot. Thistle the better side at the moment. 

 
06’

A Foster ball into the box is cleared after good build up play involving Tiffoney and Bannigan. 

 
05’

Thistle have made a positive start to the game and have tried to take the game to Rangers. 

 
02’

Thistle win a free kick about 35 yards from the Rangers goal. They go wide with and find Tiffoney who dips his shoulder and bursts into the Rangers box but can't find a Jag with his cross. 

 
00’

After the two teams take the knee, Rangers kick the game off. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

Thistle round off their pre-season build up this evening with a visit of Glasgow rivals Rangers. 

For the first time since March 2020 we have Thistle fans inside Firhill and while we may not have the full numbers back yet the sight of fans in red and yellow sitting inside our home ground is a wonderful one all the same. 

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