Partick Thistle left-back James Penrice has delivered a pretty clear statement on how vital it is for the Jags to beat the drop.

Ian McCall’s side take on Queen of the South at Firhill tonight in a huge Championship match. It’s bottom v second-bottom and a win is crucial for either side in Maryhill this evening.

Wins are needed. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Penrice is certainly hoping it’s McCall’s men that come away with the victory. Having suffered relegation to the Championship a couple of seasons ago with the Jags, the academy product reckons another to League One could potentially ruin his career.

“When we went down for the Premiership, we never ever thought that we were that kind of team, that we were bad enough to go down,” said Penrice. “We didn’t feel that when we played against teams they would walk away going ‘Imagine playing them, they’re shocking’.


“Some of the manners of the defeats this season have not been great but some of the games we’ve killed ourselves. We’ve only got ourselves to blame and we can’t complain about our position. It’s massive that we get the three points.

Potentially defining season for James Penrice

Potentially defining season for James Penrice? (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

“That (relegation) could end it (his career). That’s not great. It’s massive that that doesn’t happen. The club is too big to be in League One. I think that the players we have got in the dressing room are good enough to go and challenge for the league. I honestly believe that.

“We’ve got two strikers in Zak Rudden and Brian Graham who can cause any defence problems. They’ve obviously not played together because Zak’s been injured but him coming back will be massive. The squad that we’ve got – compared to last season, we’re in a better position now.

“The squad is far better. It’s the way that we’re getting beat that we need to change. Our quality has not really been there all season. In 2020 it’s not been brilliant. If we do go 1-0 up, we retreat and we need to go at teams.

“We need to destroy them and that’s what happens in this league. Anybody beats anybody. It’s a six-pointer and we can’t afford to lose it.”

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