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Partick Thistle v St Mirren – 30th January 2015

Ahead of a massive game against St Mirrren tonight, Alan Archibald took time out of his preparations to give the latest news.
“Obviously first and foremost we were delighted to get Callum Booth signed up. He was one who we tried to get at the beginning of the window but they were waiting on getting one in before they could let him go. We’re delighted to have him now as left back has been a bit of a problem area for us. He’l go straight into the squad and hopefully do a good job for us between now and the end of the season.
“One of Callum’s biggest strengths is going forward and we like to get our full backs playing up the pitch and making things happen. he’s a fit boy and I’m sure he will have no problem fitting into our system and he has every opportunity to go on and play games for us.
“It was a bit of a no brainer for us, Callum knows the league and has played at a decent level. The only tricky thing is getting him in and used to how we play and how the other boys play as quickly as possible.”
The Thistle boss was quick to dismiss the idea that this was a bigger game for the visitors than it was for his side.
“It’s a massive game for both sides. Obviously Gary Teale will wants a win to try and lift his side above Motherwell but we need all three points to keep us in touching distance of the teams above us and put that extra bit of cushion between us and those underneath. It’ll be a good game and hopefully a decent one for the fans to come and watch. Apart from the cup tie between us, which was a bit of a drab a affair, our games are usually pretty good.”
With transfer rumours abound Archie has had to keep his squad’s focus firmly on the match ahead.
“There has obviously been quite a bit of speculation and rumour going around over the last week or so but the squad have all been very focussed. Obviously we received a bid for Stephen O’Donnell, which we accepted, but Stephen knocked back the move – that would put off some players but Stephen has responded really well. He hasn’t let it put him off and he has performed well both in games and in training since.”
Like many involved with football Alan relishes the Friday night games.
“There is always something a bit special about the Friday night games, playing under the floodlights always adds a bit of atmosphere and the fans are normally that little bit louder too. We’re hoping for a good attendance and a loud home support to help get us over the line and up the road with all three points.”

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