Partick Thistle, who are home to Aberdeen on Friday, have lost only once at Firhill since October. We’ve lost three times at Celtic Park in that period. They are 10th in the league, but only a point behind Motherwell and Hamilton. They also have three games in hand over both Lanarkshire clubs. Friday’s home SPFL fixture is a game Thistle are looking forward to with some confidence.
This game is an opportunity for Aberdeen to draw level with Celtic, having played two games more. But it could also propel Thistle from 10th to within two points of fourth placed Ross County, and Thistle will by then have two games in hand on County. Aberdeen will have their hands full.
The questions of our age were answered in this morning’s Celtic View: What ever happened to Saidy Janko? Is he still injured, or, like so many recent recruits, has the decision been made that he’s not cut out for the job? Saidy is injury free for the first time in months and although not ready for a first team return, is back training with that target in mind.
Saidy has been out side before turning 20 in October. He made a handful of appearances in a pretty distressed looking Celtic team in the opening months of the season, including the nightmare in Malmo. None of this was the responsibility of the then teenage defender. He is a few months older than Ryan Christie and has a year on Patrick Roberts. They are part of a group of teenagers and 20-year-olds, recently assembled in the squad, which is set to grow in the coming hours with the addition of one of Norway’s prodigies. All will be hoping to match the emergence of Kieran Tierney. There’s more in the pipeline too, one of whom might make his loan debut for Partick Thistle on Friday night.
Not all of them will make it, there’s not enough space in the team for that, but we’ve never had a strategy to introduce a raft of young players into the squad like this since the Quality Street Gang.
Will it work? Is it a better strategy than signing players we cannot afford?