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Os­man gut­ted to be booed by Jags on re­turn

Evening Times - - FEATURES - BY GRAEME McGARRY AT FIRHILL

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP PARTICK TH 1 FALKIRK 1

AB­DUL Os­man, the for­mer Partick This­tle cap­tain, ad­mits that he was so shocked to be booed upon his re­turn to Firhill on Sat­ur­day with Falkirk that he might have got sent off if he wasn’t sub­sti­tuted in the sec­ond half.

The mid­fielder was so taken aback by the hos­tile re­cep­tion he re­ceived from the This­tle fans that he says he was los­ing his head be­fore man­ager Ray McKin­non re­moved him from the fir­ing line just after the hour-mark.

That be­ing said though, Os­man is hop­ing that both his present and for­mer club can dig them­selves out of trou­ble at the bot­tom end of the Cham­pi­onship.

“I was sur­prised to be hon­est,” Os­man said. “I was here for so long and I per­son­ally thought I had done al­right for the club. But it is what it is. It’s noth­ing new to me. To be hon­est I don’t know why I got a re­cep­tion like that.

“I didn’t ex­pect it at all. The first time I got a touch of the ball from a throw-in and I heard the jeers and I was like...f***! When you hear that through the game you want to do more but it’s tak­ing you away from your own game. I think I prob­a­bly would have got sent off if I hadn’t been taken off to be hon­est be­cause I was los­ing my head.

“I’ve got a soft spot for This­tle and I wouldn’t want to be ones that send them down. I wish them well, I had fun at This­tle for four years and I loved ev­ery minute of it, so no bad feel­ings.”

Jags boss Gary Cald­well ac­cused Dal­las of be­ing ar­ro­gant after the game and blamed him for putting liveli­hoods at stake with his con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to show a sec­ond yel­low card to Gary Harkins with This­tle a goal to the good through Blair Spit­tal.

He may have a point in his ques­tion­ing of the sec­ond cau­tion, which was of the soft va­ri­ety, but his as­sess­ment of the af­ter­noon rather fails to ad­dress why two Falkirk play­ers had the free­dom of the home six-yard area just two min­utes after the or­der­ing off to drag the vis­i­tors level.

Ciaran McKenna’s ini­tial header was saved by Conor Haz­ard, but Zak Rud­den – who only had the ex­ten­sion of his loan from Rangers con­firmed on Sat­ur­day lunchtime – was on hand to pick up the scraps.

For­mer This­tle cap­tain Os­man

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