Partick Thistle boss ready for ‘huge’ Kilmarnock clash

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Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald is under no illusions as to the significance of Saturday’s trip to Kilmarnock.

The struggling Jags are sitting at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership, four points behind Ross County, Killie and Dundee, albeit with a game in hand over that trio.

The Maryhill boss is aware of what three points could do for their bid to get away from the basement spot.

“It will be huge,” he said. “It gives us a chance to play one of our closest rivals, to close the gap.

“It is on our own hands, we don’t need to look at any other result.

“It will be a vital three points if we can get it.

“It is a six-pointer without a shadow of a doubt.

“We have three or four six-pointers coming up so it is important that we start really positive and get that result.”

While Kilmarnock are unbeaten away from home in five games since Steve Clarke took over in October, they have yet to win at Rugby Park, losing to Hibernian and Aberdeen.

However, Archibald insists his focus is solely on his side.

He said: “I am aware of it but we have to concentrate on ourselves.

“We can’t go into the game saying, ‘they have a poor home record, that will suit us’. It is not about Kilmarnock, it is about us.

“We can only control our own performance and make sure we do everything we can to get a result.”