Partick Thistle are almost certain to have a new recruit from Rangers in their ranks when they take on Celtic this weekend.
Neil Lennon’s men arrive at Firhill on Saturday evening as they aim to take a step towards a fourth successive Scottish Cup trophy. The Hoops have already seen off Thistle in their Betfred Cup triumph but Saturday’s clash is shaping up to be a tougher affair.
Earlier we told you how the hosts would have Darian MacKinnon available for the clash after he secured a loan move from Hamilton Accies. Now, it seems like they could add further fire to the derby by bringing in a new recruit from Rangers.
Thistle have wrapped up a deal for Gers striker Zak Rudden and are just waiting on paperwork going through to complete the deal.
“It’s still subject to clearance,” Ian McCall told BBC Sportsound prior to their game against Dundee United on Saturday. “It’s a nominal fee with a sell-on fee for Rangers.
“We’ve been speaking to Ross Wilson and hopefully we’ll have it done by Monday.
“He’ll bring goals, aggression, running power…he’s 19, nearly 20, and there’s a lot of improvement in him.”
The Celtic defence must be wary of players like Rudden
While Rudden wasn’t exactly an Ibrox regular, his signing will give Thistle a bit of a boost going into the game. We have to be wary of their nothing to lose attitude in this one, and make sure we’re at it from the first whistle.
Our players have enjoyed a lengthy break from playing but that could cause us some problems if it takes us time to get up to speed. Thistle may be a lower league team but the match is still a derby, and it should be treated as such by both teams.
Rudden shouldn’t cause us too many problems if our defence is on its game. But you’re always wary about opposition players playing on their debuts.