Ian McCall endured a pretty hard first game as Partick Thistle manager, going down 5-0 to Celtic.
Goals from Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Tom Rogic, Scott Sinclair and a Oliver Ntcham double sealed an emphatic victory for the Hoops.
Jags boss McCall says that he can have no complaints about the scoreline, but similarly, he won’t think any less of his players because of it.
He told the Herald (page 3, 26/09/19): “It was great for me being back in the Thistle colours but I’m glad I won’t be playing Celtic every week. The scoreline didn’t flatter Celtic but there were a couple of key moments in the first half.
“But when you come to Celtic Park and a player like Olivier Ntcham tries a shot from 30 yards you’ve got to hope that it goes over the bar – and then his other goal goes in off the inside of the post. They had all sorts of players coming in with a point to prove tonight.
“The good thing for us is that we didn’t pick up any injuries and I told our players that there were no negative judgements against them.”
Celtic clash won’t define Partick’s campaign
In the grand scheme of things, this wasn’t a game of mass importance for the Jags. Whilst it was a big occasion, the league is their main focus right now.
They did frustrate Celtic in the first half, limiting them to just the one goal. It was a pretty poor one to concede too, with Bayo left free in the box from a free kick.
Celtic turned on the style in the final 45 minutes though and turned the Jags over. Against a very strong Parkhead team, McCall won’t be too disheartened by the result.
It’s all about the league now for the Firhill side. Currently bottom of the Championship table, they travel to Inverness in desperate need of three points.
McCall’s men were handed a lesson in footballing excellence by Neil Lennon’s side, but now they can move on from this and focus on vital league clashes in the next few weeks.