Falkirk interim manager Gary Holt says there aren’t many players ‘who can say they deserve one’ with regards a new contract following a 5-0 humbling against Partick Thistle.

The Bairns travelled to the League One match at Firhill needing to win in order to keep their title ambitions alive and stop Thistle winning the league. Falkirk have been top of League One for most of the season but Ian McCall’s team thrashed them to win the division with a game to spare.

Holt's Falkirk were swept aside.

Holt’s Falkirk were swept aside. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It means Falkirk have to secure a promotion play-off spot if they want to go up to the Scottish Championship, Holt scathing in his assessment of the Thistle defeat: “It wasn’t acceptable and I can only apologise to people associated with the club because that’s not a performance we’re happy with.

“People are trying to earn a living and a lot of this team are out of contract. It’s not me who is going to decide whether they get one, it’s the performances on the pitch and there are not too many who turned up who can say they deserve one. It’s not just about turning up and playing, you have to do your job to the best of your ability.

“I looked at Partick meticulously, analysed them and looked at areas where we could hurt them and we didn’t use it or execute that game plan well enough. Nobody is going to give you anything in football, that’s not how it works, did they think they would turn up and Partick would give them three points?

“You have to work for it and earn the right to get success and we didn’t earn the right. We came here with a chance of getting ourselves back in the fight and we didn’t do it. We almost succumbed as soon as the first goal went in, it was as if we wilted, and that’s disappointing.”

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