Partick Thistle star Brian Graham is confident Thistle teammate Zak Rudden will continue to give 100% for the Jags – despite agreeing a pre-contract with Dundee.

Rudden will move to Dens Park at the end of the season after signing a three-year deal with James McPake’s side and Graham is looking forward to the final months of their partnership for the Championship side.

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Graham scored the only goal of the game yesterday against Airdrie, taking the duos tally to 24 goals between them this season and the veteran striker believes Dundee are signing a striker who is just starting to really find his feet, saying: “Since Zak has come into the club I have had a great relationship with him.

“I have tried to help him along the way and I think he is only getting better.

“He has decided to go, so good luck to him. But we have him until the end of the season so we will still have that partnership. And we have our own plans for Partick Thistle this season.

“So you never know how the league is going to pan out. Zak will still give his all and we have a group of experienced boys that wouldn’t have it any other way.

“But Zak’s not the type of guy who will down tools on us. He will still be giving his all.”

Jags boss Ian McCall thinks the striker may have been trying “a bit too hard” to get himself on the scoresheet in yesterday’s Scottish Cup win over Airdrie as he admitted that Rudden could still leave Firhill this month.

With the transfer window open for another week or so, Rudden could move to Dens Park if a deal can be agreed between the two clubs and McCall insists it needs to be the right deal for Thistle, saying: “It will need to be right for the club.

“I thought he was trying a bit too hard but I still thought he did well in the first half. We’ll need to see what develops over the next week.” 

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