The Bairns have started the season in decent form, taking seven points from their first three games. They face a Thistle side who would have hoped for better, losing two of their opening three.
Both the Bairns and Jags are expected to fight it out for a return to Championship football but the likes of Cove Rangers have shown this won’t be a two-horse title race.
Whilst aware it’s a massive game, McCracken isn’t reading too much into the importance of this sole fixture on league standings. He says there’s a long way to go in the shortened season.
“A lot of the talk early on was about Partick coming down and us not going up,” said McCracken. “They will want to put that right and prove they should still be in the Championship.
“It wasn’t the best way for them to come out of the Championship. But it’s a game we are looking forward to, it’s the games you want to play in as a player. We need to deal with their strengths and expose their weaknesses.
“There’s a lot of points to be won and lost. It is a shortened season and we are hoping to get as many points on the board as soon as possible. After the game you do have a look at other results but we fully focus on ourselves.
“We’ve had them watched a few times. We trained well this week and we are still waiting for a few boys to come back in, Aidan Keena and Aidan Connolly. They are progressing well. Robbie Mutch will still be suspended.”