McCall seeks improvement after last gasp winner saves the Jags on Flag day

Ian McCall insists Partick Thistle must improve if they are to have any chance of promotion this season after snatching a late winner through substitute Scott Tiffoney.

Tiffoney’s 85th-minute volley was enough to see Thistle overcome Queen of the South as the Jags snatched all three points, finishing top of the table on the opening day of their return to the cinch Championship.

McCall said: “I thought we were really poor and Queen’s were the better team. I talked Wullie [Gibson] up in the paper today but I didn’t expect him to stick one from 25 yards into the top corner.

“It must have been a good game to watch, a thrill a minute, but we’re really disappointed with the way we played.

“We’re still searching for the balance, were short of bodies, but it’s not often we win our first home game and we did that so I’m pleased about that”.

Asked about the growing partnership of Brian Graham and Zak Rudden up top, McCall admits the strikers were the stars of the show but believes they weren’t the only beneficiaries in attack.

“Yeah, they did! You know Tiffoney and Cammy have only trained two days this week but they came on and did well. Tiff obviously came up with the goods.

Tiffoney volleys home the winner. Credit – Tommy Taylor

In a late throw of the dice, McCall opted to introduce last year’s fans favourite Tiffoney, working out to be effective as he struck the winner with five minutes left on the clock.

“Listen he’s never let us down since he’s been here. He’s a real threat and we need to find a system to suit all our players that should be in the team”.

The Jags manager is still optimistic that his transfer business this summer is still not finished.

“Yeah two, maybe three [signings] I hope but it’s the same as any other club. I think there are a few clubs needing bodies and we’re no different”.

McCall squashes Hastie rumours. Credit – STV News

Rumours have been circling in recent weeks of talks between Partick Thistle and Rangers for the signature of winger Jake Hastie but McCall admits that is not the case.

“I’ve never mentioned Jake Hastie once, I’ve no idea where that came from”.

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