McCall sets transfer targets as window comes to a close

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall believes Saturday’s refereeing decisions could have cost Thistle their spot in the Scottish Cup, describing them as “scandalous”.

Reduced to 10-men after the controversial dismissal of Tunji Akinola in the second half, the Jags held on to book their place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup with a 1-0 win over Airdrieonians.

Brian Graham netted what was to be the winner. Credit – Donald Wilson

Speaking on the decision from referee David Munro, McCall believes it should have been the visitors who were reduced to ten-men.

He said: “We’ll appeal it. I’m not even sure it’s a foul. Compare it to the Scott Tiffoney one – there’s no goalie in and he’s been brought down. It’s a straight red card because Tiffoney is going to roll it into an empty net. It was scandalous. Those two decisions … it just beggars belief, you know?. But for the second time in a row at Firhill, a decision has just been …” 

Despite the evident frustration, the Partick Thistle manager was full of praise for the defensive display from his side.

He said: “I thought we were comfortable until we went down to 10 men. Airdrie passed the ball well because they’re a good side but defensively we were magnificent”.

Rudden could leave this month. Credit – The National

After the news of Zak Rudden’s pre-contract agreement with Dundee in midweek, McCall insists that Rudden could leave the club this month if a considerable offer comes in.

He said: “It will need to be right for the club. I thought he was trying a bit too hard but I still thought he did well in the first half. We’ll need to see what develops over the next week.”

With one week left in the transfer window, the Jags boss is still keen to add to his roster as he looks to strengthen in attack.

He said: “We’re actively looking to bring in two, but they have to be the right type. They have to improve us; we’re not looking for squad players.”  

“We’re looking for a striker, maybe even two strikers and a wide player. A Tiffoney on the other side, perhaps. But, the overall feeling is that we’re delighted to be in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

Finally, asked if there would be any outgoings, McCall responded in his normal witty tone.

“Maybe one!”. 

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