Sammon can’t wait to prove he can tough it out against Man O’ War Alves...
C ONOR SAMMON is relishing the challenge of going up against Bruno Alves at Firhill tonight, saying that he and his Partick Thistle team-mates are out to prove they are more than a match for Rangers.
The hulking forward has yet to find the net in his fledgling Thistle career, but he has a decent goalscoring record against the Ibrox side.
And while he isn’t sure of the level of Pedro Caixinha’s newly assembled team, he is more than positive that the Jags can pose them problems with the quality that they possess.
“I love having the opportunity of going toe to toe with someone like Alves,” said Sammon.
“His career has been impressive at club and international level. He looks like someone who looks after himself given his age. This is a real opportunity to have a go against players like that and for us as a group to show our quality against that quality of opposition as well.
“It’s hard to know what level Rangers are now at. Even though we know all about Alves, there are players who have been signed that personally I had never heard of, so I don’t know that much about them.
“We will find out more about certain individuals tonight and we can only plan for what we have seen of them so far this season.
“We need to focus on ourselves as well which is important because we have good quality and we feel we can cause them problems as well.”
As well as scoring twice against Rangers in his Kilmarnock days, Sammon was part of the Hearts side who thumped Mark Warburton’s team at Tynecastle back in February.
He is hoping that he can continue his good personal record under the Firhill floodlights this evening.
“I have scored a few against Rangers,” he said. “I don’t see why Friday night can’t be the time for me to score my first goal for Partick in front of our home fans as well and help us get the three points we’re looking for.” T HISTLE boss Alan Archibald says there is a determination within his squad to make amends for squandering points against Rangers at Firhill last season.
The Jags lost late goals in both games to throw away points, and despite the turnover of players under Pedro Caixinha, Archibald knows that the pedigree in the Rangers ranks could punish any late lapses once again.
“Listen, the lads are well aware of what happened then but it just goes to show what can happen when you have that quality on the pitch,” Archibald said.
“It doesn’t matter how many minutes are on the clock, you’ve got to be switched on against good opposition.
“They proved in both of those games that quality players can pop up at any time and either create something or score.
“We know we did well in those matches but this is a different Rangers side now. There’s been a massive turnaround in players and they play in a different style, too, but we’re ready for that challenge.”
Much of the talk prior to the game has centred upon Rangers having the chance to go top of the table tonight, but a victory for winless Thistle is arguably more important to their own cause.
“Any win would be good at the moment,” Archibald added.
“We haven’t beaten anyone in the league yet so we’ll take any kind of victory and three points against Rangers is the same as against anyone else.
“The incentive for us to get the victory is just as great as it is for them and I’m only concerned about Partick Thistle.”
Connor Sammon is braced for a tough 90 minutes against experienced Ibrox defender Bruno Alves