KRIS Doolan was overwhelmed by the news that he is set to be inducted into the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame, but he would swap it in an instant for the club to avoid back-to-back relegations.

The Firhill legend, who is also in his testimonial year at the club, is overjoyed that he is to be recognised alongside the likes of Jackie Husband, John Lambie and the 1971 League Cup winning squad.

But his primary concern at the moment is simply getting among the goals on a consistent basis once again to fire the Jags out of their perilous position at the foot of the Championship.

“It is unbelievable and a massive honour for me to even be considered for the Hall of Fame,” Doolan said.

“You just have to look at the names that are in there, and to have my name alongside them means the world to me.

“It’s something that I’m so, so proud of. It’s the result of what has been a lot of hard work, and it is something that can never be taken away from me.

“To be inducted at this point in my career, when I am still playing, is amazing.

“The only bittersweet element to it is that the club isn’t doing so well at the moment on the pitch, and for me, it has always been about the club.

“That is the be all and end all for me. Personal achievements are great, but they are secondary to the welfare of the team.

“Hopefully the two things can go hand in hand, and when it comes for me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the club are in a better position.

“As hugely proud as I am of this achievement, it would mean even more to me for the club to survive in the Championship this season. I know what this club means to people, so while I can’t thank the club enough for what they have done, I would swap it all for staying in the division this season and seeing the club start to grow again.”

Thistle take on Queen of the South at Firhill today off the back of a morale-boosting Scottish Cup victory over Stranraer last time out, and Doolan hopes that the green shoots of recovery he has witnessed of late can grow into something tangible in the shape of points on the board.

“There have been some small steps forward recently,” he said.

“We had a few draws that probably should have been wins, followed that up with a good win in the cup, and now our priority has to be on getting those wins in the league.

“There is definitely a freshness about the place, and I think that is what the manager was looking for by making so many changes this month.

“We have new bodies in and we have lost some people as well, so now is the time when we will see what difference that has made.

“It’s up to us, the players, to go out there and get the wins that will help keep us in this division at the very least.”