A “delighted” Ian McCall has hailed his players after an emphatic 5-0 win over Falkirk clinched the SPFL League One title and promotion for Partick Thistle.

The Jags came into Thursday night’s game knowing that three points would be enough to be crowned champions and they got the job done in style.

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Brian Graham bagged a brace in a big win for Partick Thistle over Falkirk (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Zak Rudden, Scott Tiffoney and Brian Graham all netted in the first half before a second for Graham and a tap-in from substitute Joe Cardle completed the rout.

‘It was some way to win a Championship,” said McCall. “I think since we came back we’ve won seven and drawn four. We’ve got a real potent threat going forward.”

“I’m just delighted as we played really well to win it. Everyone who’s met me away from football knows how I’ve been feeling but this isn’t the time to talk about it. I’m just delighted for Jacqui (Low) and all our supporters.

“I just said there it’s not the Scottish Cup of 1921 and it’s not the League Cup of 1971 but it’s a trophy for us. I’m very proud of the players and it’s a good birthday present for my mum Emma who’s 87 today.”

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McCall hailed his players after the promotion-clinching win. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Automatic promotion looked highly unlikely for Thistle just a few weeks ago with Falkirk in pole position to win the league.

Key players stepped up at the right time for McCall, though, while the Bairns faltered, and there was a gulf between the two sides at Firhill.

The Jags still have one league fixture remaining – a trip to Montrose on Tuesday night – but their mission is already complete and Championship football will return to Maryhill next season.

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