The press appear to be running out of superlatives for Ian McCall‘s work at Partick Thistle so far. The Jags have won two of their three league matches since the former Ayr United manager took the reigns at Firhill.
You could argue that the most impressive of the lot so far was Saturday’s 3-1 win away at Dens Park against Dundee, another side which many had expected to be in the promotion hunt at the end of this campaign.
And one of Thistle’s goalscorers, Shea Gordon, appears to agree.
“Saturday’s win for us was massive,” began the young Northern Irishman. “I think we showed a few weeks ago against Inverness that we are capable of being up there competing, so to come back and beat Dundee on Saturday was massive for lifting the boys,
“It definitely shows how strong this squad is and that we can compete with anyone on our day.”
The 21-year-old grabbed the second in a great late showing that saw Thistle trail before former Dundee frontman Kenny Miller began an inspired comeback in the 85th minute.
“I think my goal is very similar to others I’ve scored this season, trying to time my runs into the box is a big part of my game and thankfully I had the help of Joe (Cardle) to put it in my path on Saturday.”
The change of stewardship looks to be paying off so far but Gordon can’t help but feel for recently departed Gary Caldwell.
“Both (Caldwell and McCall) had the same idea of how they want us to play. Every manager has their own way to coach so there are differences and I would say now we are focusing more on the basics of how to win games,” revealed the former Motherwell man.
“I was sorry to see him (Caldwell) go as I felt he was someone I was always learning from, he definitely had a great knowledge of the game and in terms of coaching he was great for me so I’m not totally sure what I would say as to why it didn’t work.”
So the sky really does appear to be the limit for this Thistle team but the former Sheffield United youth isn’t getting too carried away.
“I think at the minute we’re just taking every game as it comes really. Last weekend showed how crazy the league can be so for us it’s just about taking each week as it comes and hopefully getting a run of wins going which I feel could see us climb up the table.”
Thistle remain bottom but are incredibly just four points away from a promotion playoff place and host Arbroath in the Championship on Saturday.