Sean Crighton reckons Partick Thistle have underestimated the challenge they face in League One as the Airdrie skipper hopes to pile more misery on the Jags this weekend.
Partick were relegated from the Championship after Covid cut short last season’s campaign and as the Diamonds kicked-off their season with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Peterhead on Saturday, Thistle fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at Clyde.
Now the two sides clash at Firhill on Saturday and seasoned campaigner Crighton said: “I always speak about how tough this league is and I’ve been involved in it a long time, and had success in it as well.
“Every game is hard, it doesn’t matter whether you are playing guys at the bottom end of the table or the top.
“Clyde have beaten Partick and, by all accounts, I think they did really well, so it just shows you.
“I think teams coming down to this division need to realise it is hard.
“Partick have realised that a bit on Saturday and, hopefully, we can go there and make them realise it even more.
“In any new season it’s so important you get a good start because teams have all got new players and Covid to deal with, so it’s important we do that and concentrate on ourselves.”
Saturday will mark the first league meeting between the two sides in over seven years, with Thistle running out 2-1 winners at New Broomfield last time out.
And Crighton knows the Diamonds will need to be at their best against Ian McCall’s men, who will be desperate to get off the mark.
The 30-year-old added: “When a team gets beat, your reaction has to be better so we are expecting a tough game from Partick.
”But, like I say, we expect a tough game every week.
“If we concentrate on ourselves, look to impose our game on Partick on a big pitch, then we can go there and use that to our advantage.
“They’ll be at home looking to have the upper hand on us after their defeat, but it will tough no matter what.
“We need to be exactly what we were last year – and that’s hard to beat.
“We proved that against everyone last season and we were just unfortunate the season got cut short because I felt we were hitting momentum at the right time, and we’ll never know what could have happened.”