In 2017, Partick Thistle were celebrating a top six finish in Scotland’s top flight. Fast forward to January 2019, however, and Thistle look set for the drop to League One. The club have had a massive fall from grace in a short period of time, as the club’s identity is slowly fading away.
Once thought of as a sturdy, hard to beat side under Alan Archibald, the Jags look weak and flat under new boss Gary Caldwell. The former Scotland international hasn’t helped matters since taking over from Archibald in October.
With a squad seemingly not up to the relegation dogfight and a torrid style of play, Thistle fans have every right to question where it all went wrong for their team.
A Premiership club in free fall
For many years, Thistle stabilised themselves in Scotland’s top flight. They would never push towards the top end of the league, but they would be a good bet for a solid mid table finish every year. The way things are just now, the Premiership is nothing but a distant memory.
The fans can’t be faulted for their effort. They have still turned up in strong numbers to watch their side, despite suffering relegation last season and only winning four games this season. Their patience is being pushed to the limit though, with Caldwell seemingly unable to find the answer to Partick’s problems.
The voices of anger at Firhill rise week by week, which in a ground once filled with optimism, is pretty surreal.
The best thing everybody at Thistle can do is unite. Come together in support of the manager and the players. New faces such as Joe Cardle and Steven Saunders have injected some much needed freshness into the dressing room, as Caldwell looks to put his stamp on things at Firhill. These are players who will be key to Thistle’s survival bid. Stars that are used to the Scottish game and are guaranteed quality.
Partick are where they are because the majority of the players aren’t good enough. It’ll be up to them to step up their game in the second half of this season. Whilst fans perhaps know why they are in such a mess, it can’t help ease their frustrations. It’s weird for everyone looking at the Championship basement and seeing the Jags stuck to the bottom.