BRINGON BRUNO

Sammon can’t wait to prove he can tough it out against Man O’ War Alves...

Evening Times - - SPORT - By GRAEME McGARRY

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

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