Tam O’Ware will have his full focus on Partick Thistle this evening- but could be forced into making a quick escape from the Firhill turf.

The Jags face Raith Rovers tonight in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup action for a place in the competition’s final. It’s a break from league action, finding themselves bottom of the Championship.

Thistle are in a sticky situation. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With his second girl due any minute though, O’Ware could be forced into making a quick dash off the park. Should that not occur though, he’d love to have the honour of leading Thistle into a cup final.

“I have to put it to the back of my mind, the football just now is so important because of the situation we are in and for family life to go well the football needs to succeed,” said O’Ware.

“As soon as I get to training it’s at the back of my mind and when I get in afterwards I’m straight on the phone seeing if anything has happened. Meighan thought it was going to happen the Dundee weekend. I don’t know what I’m going to do, it’s one you’d need to decide in the moment. Being a cup game it’s maybe not too bad.

Wanting to write history. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“But the position we are in in the league someone’s going to be happy. I’m probably more scared of the gaffer! But Meighan has the kitman’s number so I’m sure I will get the message if anything happens. If it’s the second half then there’s no rush is there!

“It would be a massive honour. It’s a massive honour as it is to be the captain of the club. But I don’t want to be the captain of a club that gets relegated. Yes, the cup is a nice distraction. It’s a chance to get to a final and it’s one that we’re taking seriously but at the end of the day I don’t want to be bottom of the table.

“I didn’t come here to get relegated. I didn’t come here to be challenging to stay in the league and fight for a contract to be full-time. I cam here to try and win the league and get out of it. For that to happen we need to stay in the league this year. It’s as simple as that.

“If we don’t, personally I’ll be embarrassed that it’s happened because we’ve underperformed massively. I club like this shouldn’t be in League One.”

McCall looks ahead

Meanwhile, Ian McCall is looking forward to Thistle’s cup semi-final this evening. He’s recalled memories of Jim Jefferies and Airdrie ahead of a tough test he knows the Jags will face in Maryhill.

McCall will face Raith tonight. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“This is a great game to play in and an opportunity to get to a national final,” said McCall. “We have never won it before and lost in the final not so long ago. I remember Bryn Halliwell throwing one in against Ross County in a semi-final in my first spell here and we lost on penalties.

“When you get to a semi-final you want to win it. We know if we get there we will take five or six thousand fans and it would give everyone a boost. Raith have won this trophy before when they beat Rangers and they will want to get to another final.

“We are in different leagues but there is only one place between us so it will be a tough game. We have watched them in the last two games and I have a lot of respect for John McGlynn. They will be very well organised.

A tough test awaits. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

”I remember when I played for Falkirk against St Mirren. Richard Cadete and Jim Jefferies had a heated exchange at half time, I can’t even remember what it was about, Richard probably said something Jim didn’t like.

“We went out and we won 3-0 in front of nearly 14,000. It was a great day. I won it with Airdrie as a manager when we beat Alloa 2-1. These are great days and one you remember.”

Ian McCall and Tam O’Ware were speaking at the Glasgow showroom of Macklin Motors, who have extended their partnership with Partick Thistle for a further two years. 

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