BRING IT ON

Saun­ders all set for rel­e­ga­tion fight with Jags

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - JONATHAN GED­DES

Ruther­glen foot­baller Steven Saun­ders is ready for a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle with Partick This­tle.

The de­fender signed for the Jags last week­end, and made an im­me­di­ate de­but as the Firhill men drew 1-1 with Dundee United.

The for­mer Stonelaw High pupil moved on from Liv­ingston af­ter just six months at the club, and is hope­ful his Partick move can get his ca­reer back in gear.

He told the Re­former: “It was all about get­ting first team foot­ball.

“I spoke to the gaffer (Gary Cald­well) last week and he was very com­pli­men­tary about me, and talked about the club and what he wants to achieve here.

“He spoke so pas­sion­ately about what he thinks we can do and the way he wants to play foot­ball, it was a no brainer to sign here.

“He wants to play good foot­ball and win games, and when you’re speak­ing to some­one with that amount of ex­pe­ri­ence it be­comes an easy sell.”

The 27-year-old ad­mit­ted he was frus­trated that his ex­pe­ri­ence at Al­mond­vale never re­ally got started, as he made only five ap­pear­ances at the Pre­mier­ship side. He added: “It was dis­ap­point­ing. “I’d started pre-sea­son well and Kenny Miller had brought me in, and then he left and Gary Holt ar­rived and it went a bit sour. They were on such a good run of form that it was re­ally hard to get into the team, and I just want to be play­ing foot­ball.”

Rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier­ship last sea­son, the Jags have en­dured a mis­er­able cam­paign, and sit at the foot of the ta­ble.

How­ever the de­fender, who played 76 min­utes at the week­end, is con­fi­dent that they can turn their for­tunes around, be­gin­ning on Satur­day with the visit of Falkirk to Firhill.

The Bairns are just one place above Partick in the ta­ble, and Steven feels the game has mas­sive im­pli­ca­tions.

He added: “Af­ter half an hour of train­ing with the lads I could see there was a lot of qual­ity here.

“It’s about get­ting the con­fi­dence back – we’ll work at get­ting clean sheets and go­ing from there.

“Falkirk al­ready feels like a six pointer, but on Satur­day we showed against Dundee United that we can play well.

“We need to do it for a whole game now.”

New start Steven Saun­ders made his Partick This­tle de­but on Satur­day

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