Goals have certainly not been commonplace in the long career of Steven Anderson. Yet, after signing for Partick Thistle, he’s got a goalscoring record that any striker would be delighted with. After nodding in the winner against East Fife in the Jags’ Scottish Cup encounter, it’s two in two for the defender.
Ironically, the St Johnstone stalwart scored his first senior goal against current club Thistle way back in December 2004. He had a record of 15 league and two cup goals in over 360 appearances for the Saints.
Two in two certainly does come as a surprise but it’s a massive asset for Thistle to have a ratio as good as that.
It would be quite the tale should it continue. His new club haven’t lost this calendar year whilst he’s been there, with notable points coming against Dundee United at Tannadice (1-1) before Anderson opened the scoring in the Highlands to beat Inverness 2-1.
That is impressive given Thistle have struggled to adapt to life in the second tier. Relegation hasn’t seen them become a big fish in a smaller pond.
Yet Gary Caldwell will be hopeful his side can pull of an escape and secure their Championship status. They’ve scored as many goals as they have had league games (23) so more are necessary from Anderson and his teammates should the Jags survive.
Unfortunately given Thistle’s shambolic start to the season under Alan Archibald, every game is now a cup final for them. Their form must be maintained in order to pull them away from the automatic or relegation playoff spot.