Partick Thistle chief executive Gerry Britton says the Firhill club ‘wants to compete at the highest level’ after achieving promotion to the Scottish Championship.

Thistle were controversially relegated to League One last season as football in Scotland was shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But they have returned at the first time of asking after Ian McCall’s side won the 2020/21 title with a 5-0 win over Falkirk.

Celtic v Partick Thistle - Betfred Cup Scottish League Cup: Quarter Final

Delight for McCall (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Britton says Partick Thistle deserve to celebrate after a challenging 12 months: “Titles don’t come along too often in your career. We have to soak it up and make the most of it. Hopefully the boys enjoy it. The fans have been deprived of things we all took for granted this season. We have supporters who back us through thick and thin.

“This season has been really different and there’s no surprise that there’s been a few of them trying to soak this up.”

The Firhill side have not been helped by the SFA or SPFL through this period, the Scottish football hierarchy not allowed to attend the Firhill title celebrations as a consequence. It’s been a motivator for the club says Britton, who hopes Partick Thistle can get back to the Scottish Premiership, having been relegated from the division in 2018.

Partick Thistle chief executive Gerry Britton during a pre-season friendly match between Partick Thistle and BSC Glasgow at the Energy Check Stadium...

Partick Thistle chief executive Britton is delighted with the success. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Britton said: “It’s surreal when I think about everything that has happened over the last 12 months. It’s great to be able to experience such a positive feeling because we have been through the mire as a club.

“You use any factor you can to inspire you and motivate you. We have banded the group together and we use anything as a positive force. The club wants to compete at the highest level. We know where we have been in the last four or five years.

“So that’s the ultimate aim, to get back to the Premiership. We need to consolidate in the Championship first and then challenge to the get back to the Premiership.”

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