James Penrice was one of Partick Thistle’s better players against Celtic- but he wasn’t entirely satisfied at full time.
The left-back did a terrific job dealing with the likes of Jeremie Frimpong on the right. It wasn’t enough though as the Jags fell 2-1 to the Hoops in Scottish Cup action.
Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring before Kenny Miller missed a golden Jags chance before half time. He was left to rue that opportunity as Callum McGregor ‘s deflected effort beat Scott Fox.
Stuart Bannigan scored a late penalty but it was in vain as the damage was already done. Whilst there were some encouraging signs for Thistle, Penrice was left to feel a mix of good and bad emotions at full time.
“I thought we could maybe have got at them a bit more,” said Penrice. “They are who they are but with the position we’re in we did well in periods of the game.
“The first goal we could have prevented but I thought we did ok. It just wasn’t to be. We don’t set up like that in the league, it was a bit defensive and we tried to contain them.
“In the league we want to be getting at teams and creating more chances. We sat in a bit more and tried to make it a dirty game. That’s the difference between playing them and someone in our league, the plan changes a bit.
“There’s been a few results since the new manager has come in that we haven’t played well but still managed to get the three points. More of that is what we need and it’s massive we can compete with teams like that.
“We want to go back to where we were a few years back and go and make Firhill a fortress again. I think that’ll start from now.”