40 points is usually earmarked as the golden number to secure league safety- but that might not be enough for Partick Thistle this year says Ian McCall.
The Jags are currently slugging out a basement battle as they look to fend off a drop to League One. Heading into a trip to Dundee, they currently sit bottom of the league.
43 points was enough to keep Thistle up last year. The last time a Championship side finished on 40 points or more and still finished in relegation places was Cowdenbeath back in 2013/14, although they eventually survived via a play-off win against Dunfermline.
It doesn’t matter how they come, three points need to start arriving on the Firhill doorstep as McCall aims to fire Thistle to safety, but he knows time is of the essence.
“I think winning is all that matters,” said McCall. “Against Ayr last Friday we felt we were dominant in the first half and it was even in the second, but we had chances to win it.
“It doesn’t matter and we lost two points when we needed the three. People say we haven’t won in 2020, but we played Celtic and Dundee United. I look at it more in depth than that the Arbroath game was a farce.
“The Ayr game was the first with the new signings and they acquitted themselves well, but ultimately we only got one point. I’m not convinced by anything in football, my experience tells me that. I hope that the players can get us up the table but we have to do it on the pitch.
“You look at 40 points but I don’t think that will be enough this year. There is still a long way to go but we know the upcoming games are very important. If we can put a wee run together we can end up at a cup final and being in a better place in the league.
“I have been in the game too long to panic. You always have a worry when you do so much work in January. I don’t like doing that but I felt we had to. Two or three of the boys on longer contracts are really looking the part. I think for the future we are looking great but short term is vital.”