The Bairns travel to The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill this Saturday to take on Partick Thistle in search of back to back victories to start the year.
Kick off in Maryhill is at 3:00pm with turnstiles open from 2:00pm.
RAY McKINNON’S PRE MATCH THOUGHTS
On Davis Keillor-Dunn:
“Davis is a talented, young player. He has done it in the Premiership so we are absolutely delighted to get him in, it’ll give us good attacking options in the team. We were made aware of him and thankfully we got chatting to him quite quickly. There was a bit of interest, but we’ve sold it to him that there is a good platform here to come in and get plenty of game time. He is exactly the sort of player we have been looking to get in.”
On Ayr United 0-1 Falkirk:
“It was a gamble for us, but thankfully it was a gamble worth taking. It could have went either way, we got some game time into the team and they will only benefit from that. We obviously have Abdul Osman and Davis coming into the squad from last week so we are starting to take shape.”
On club morale:
“I think the new boys coming in have given the place a freshness. We’ve been battling away at the bottom of the league, everybody knows that. It has been tough mentally and physically for the players, we changed it last weekend and got the result. The atmosphere around the place has been good this week, it’s not that it hasn’t been good, but it’s been a tough period for everyone concerned with the club.
“We knew we needed to freshen it up in certain areas, hopefully we’re doing that. We are no where near the finished article, we’ve still got bodies to bring in I think, you need that wee bit of quality here and there to win games. It was just great to get the result last weekend though as it sets us up nicely for Saturday.”
On the January window:
“We think we’ve hopefully got another three to bring in, we know the positions we want to fill. After the game on Saturday we’ve got a two week break which gives us a bit of breathing space to work on that. I don’t think we’ll have anything new before the match on Saturday. All the Premiership clubs will be back from their winter breaks next week so there’ll be a lot of business going on and hopefully we’ll be the same.”
On Zak Rudden:
“We are in talks with Rangers at the moment, they are aware that we want him back for Saturday’s match. He’s our top goalscorer so we are working hard behind the scenes, but it’s up to Rangers to make that decision and we hope it happens as soon as possible.”
On Saturday’s match v Partick:
“We had Partick watched last week and we have watched footage ourselves. They were excellent in the first half last week against Dundee United. They have brought players in as well and they will be making a push because they’ll see themselves as a team that should be higher up the league. It’s a big game, it’s not season defining, but it’s one that we are all looking forward to.”
Falkirk supporters will be housed in the Colin Weir Stand (Old Main Stand) with cash gates in operation. The full stand will be open for use for Falkirk fans with entry via either Turnstiles 13 – 15 or 17 – 20.
Prices are as follows:
Adult – £20.00
Concession (Over 65 & Student with valid matriculation card) – £15.00
Wheelchair Disabled/Ambulant Disabled – £15.00
Juvenile (Under 16) – £5.00
Disabled supporters should contact firstname.lastname@example.org should they wish to attend Saturday’s match. Please note, there are only three disabled parking spaces available at Firhill and these will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
Falkirk fans are welcome to use the Aitken Suite located in the Colin Weir Stand for pre-match refreshments. The bar will open from 12:30pm.
For those traveling to Firhill, the stadium post code is GA20 7AL. There are no anticipated travel issues.
There is free on-street parking on Garscube Road and adjacent streets on route to the stadium. Patrick Thistle FC ask that you please park responsibly and are considerate towards our neighbours when doing so.
Falkirk FC supporters coaches are advised not to use Firhill Street to park or collect at full time. Instead, coaches are advised to collect supporters on Panmure Street which is located to the North of Firhill.
Please note that on match days, depending on crowd numbers, police may close Firhill Road to through traffic at 2.30pm until kick-off and then again at 4.45pm to 5pm to allow fans to arrive and depart the ground safely.
For those planning on using Public Transport, both Kelvinbridge and St George’s Cross underground stations are within 15 minutes walk of the stadium.
Elliots: Two buses leave the Graeme Hotel at 1:45pm on Saturday afternoon. Please note both are now full.
Falkirk Supporters Association: Pick up times for members are as follows…
York Square Grangemouth – 13:00hrs
Falkirk Bus Station – 13:15hrs
Colonial Bar – 13:30hrs
Carronshore – 13:35hrs
Please note this bus is now full.
Cheerz Bar FSC: Two buses leave the pub on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. Please note, there are only a limited number of seats on the second bus available. Contact “Cheerz Bar FSC” on Facebook.