Archibald: Commons is a timeless classic for Celtic

ALAN ARCHIBALD believes that Kris Commons is good enough to walk into any Celtic side in the club's history.

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Alan Archibald is wary of Celtic's attacking line-up
Alan Archibald is wary of Celtic's attacking line-up

As he prepared his Partick Thistle side for tomorrow's visit of the Parkhead men, which could see Celts clinch the first SPFL Premiership if Aberdeen fail to beat Ross County tonight, the Jags boss was in no mood to play down the threat posed by the Hoops' top scorer.

And Archie reckons the arrival of Leigh Griffiths has added an extra dynamic up front that is now close to putting the current line-up on a par with the Rangers nine- in-a-row side of the 90s.

Having played against that star-studded Light Blue ensemble and now managed against Neil Lennon's all-conquering Bhoys, Archie is well placed to draw comparisons.

The Firhill boss said; "The first thing I would say is that Kris Commons is good enough to have played in any Celtic side in history, in my opinion.

"You look at the quality of goals he scores and the rest of his general play and he is playing at a very high level week-in, week-out. It's special.

"Leigh Griffiths offers another dynamic. Offensively speaking, they are at a level now similar in quality to the Rangers nine-in-a-row side.

"Maybe they don't have the multi-million pound players like Gascoigne and Laudrup in there, but you look at Commons, Griffiths, Anthony Stokes and Virgil van Dijk.

"They are at that kind of level. We are under no illusions as to how tough it will be to stop them at Firhill tomorrow night.

"But although we have lost the two previous encounters we have had with them, we feel that we have given a good account of ourselves and that is the target again.

"The other aspect of this is that depending on the Aberdeen result tonight, Celtic could be crowned champions if they beat us, and that is something we do not want happening here."

The Partick gaffer does not have his troubles to seek when it comes to injury and illness.

Stopper Lee Mair turned back from training yesterday after taking unwell. Sean Welsh and Conrad Balatoni are out and Kallum Higginbotham and Chris Erskine are both doubts as a result of knocks at Inverness.

Although Thistle went down 1-0 at the weekend in the Highlands, there were plenty of positives to take from a performance which had everything but a goal.

Archie said: "With the quality of this Celtic side you can get cut open and really hurt and we have to be wary of that.

"So our tactics will reflect that. The last thing you want to do is concede first against them, if at all possible.

"In the first game with them we also gifted them a goal from a set-play, so it will be vital that we get our basics right. We know what is going to be required for us."

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