Archibald elated to have eased defensive headaches with Booth deal
CALLUM BOOTH seems to have agreed more loan deals than Mike Ashley but Alan Archibald, the Partick Thistle manager, is confident that the Hibernian youngster’s latest temporary switch can be a profitable alliance for both parties.
Booth signed on with the Maryhill club until the end of the season yesterday to help ease the full-back concerns that Archibald has been having of late and the 23-year-old will go straight into the squad for tomorrow night’s encounter with St Mirren.
Having enjoyed a taste of the top flight, Booth has spent the last few seasons in the lower leagues with loan stints at Arbroath, Brechin City, Living- ston and Raith Rovers. Now Archibald is hoping the former Scotland under-21 internationalist can flourish in the west end of Glasgow.
“It’s been a problem area for us and we’re delighted to get him,” said Archibald. “Probably one of his biggest strengths is going forward and that’s how we like full backs to play. He’s played a lot of games and he’s fit in that aspect. He played a full season at Raith Rovers last year and I think he’s good enough to go and play in the Premier League. He’s just got to prove that. He’s done it before. He maybe had a fall out with managers – I don’t know what happened at Hibs – but he’s got a real opportunity. It was a no-brainer for us.”
Archibald will have Stephen O’Donnell available, after he rejected a move to Blackpool, but the Thistle manager knows his days at the club are numbered.
“I would love to keep him but I think Stephen and I both know he’s not going to be here,” he said. “We’ve not offered him a contract but I’ve had a conversation with Stephen and he knows we can’t compete with the wages of the teams that are interested now.”