Tomas Cerny knows Partick Thistle could put a major dent in former club Hamilton’s survival prospects this Saturday – but he does not care.
The former Accies goalkeeper spent five years with the Lanarkshire outfit and cherishes his memories working under former boss Billy Reid.
But his old side, now managed by one of his former team-mates Martin Canning, now find themselves in trouble sitting in the Ladbrokes Premiership’s relegation play-off spot.
Tenth-placed Jags, however are not much better off and carry just a two-point cushion into this weekend’s Firhill clash.
Cerny could be forgiven for experiencing a tinge of sympathy for his former side but the Czech insists he knows exactly where his loyalties lie.
The 31-year-old – who has never come out on the losing side in any of the seven games he has played in this fixture – told Press Association Sport: “It is always a little bit special playing Hamilton.
“I still keep in touch with the Accies goalkeeping coach Brian Potter and there are still a few players there I played with, including their manager Martin Canning.
“The first game I played back at New Douglas Park for Thistle was a big game for me. It was a little strange.
“But since then all the others have become sort of normal games. I’m a Partick Thistle player now and I want to beat Hamilton whenever we face them.
“They are in a difficult position in the league but of course that does not concern me at all because if we don’t win, we’ll be the ones in trouble.
“There are still a lot of games left to be played so it won’t be decided on this one game this Saturday. However, for us this game is still so important.”
Thistle have found league points difficult to come by in recent weeks and are currently on a four-game dry spell in the top-flight.
But their form in the William Hill Scottish Cup has been far more encouraging.
They followed up a straightforward win over Highland League minnows Formartine United with last week’s impressive 1-0 triumph away to St Johnstone as they booked a quarter-final showdown with Aberdeen.
Now Cerny hopes they can replicate their knock-out displays on Premiership duty.
He said: “It was a big result away from home in the cup which took us to the quarter-final. We can take real confidence from that St Johnstone game.
“I’m not sure why we’ve had better luck in the cup than in the league recently. We’ve managed to score early goals in both our cup games so far and that gave us a platform to build on.
“In the league, we have also played well but haven’t managed to get the early goals, so we ended up with four games without scoring. That’s the biggest problem.
“I don’t think we need extra confidence to play well, because our performances have been good. But we do need a bit extra luck in front of goal.”