Adam Barton is getting tired of Partick Thistle’s blue Mondays but the Jags man is hoping to take heart from the Jam Tarts ahead of tomorrow’s night daunting trip to Celtic.

Thistle sagged to a damaging 3-0 defeat to Dundee at Dens Park on Saturday as hopes of the Maryhill men continuing their recovery following the win over Motherwell were crushed in the City of Discovery.

Alan Archibald’s troops make the short trip across Glasgow to face the Scottish Champions who will be still smarting from their weekend trouncing at Hearts which ended the Hoops’ 69 game unbeaten run.

It could be a fraught night for the bottom-of-the-table Jags with Celtic eager to get back to winning ways following the Hearts hammering.

And Barton, 26, said: “This is probably the worst fixture we could’ve picked to be honest. Celtic will no doubt be using Wednesday as a bounce back game to prove that Sunday was a one off.

“There are always upsets in football. I don’t think many would’ve seen a 4-0 coming, though. We have played Hearts twice this season and drawn twice and in both games we felt we deserved to beat them. Hearts then go and put four past Celtic.

“I watched the game. Hearts worked hard and we have to take that on board and do the same thing with the work rate. We have to be positive and that’s the hardest thing in football to get up again when you’re in a bad run.

“After Celtic, we have a big game at Hamilton. In a sense, that’s almost the bigger game. Nobody will be expecting us to get much at Celtic. We’ll probably be defending most of the game. Saturday is a team nearer to us. I hate to say it but Saturday may be a more important game than Wednesday. You have to be realistic.

“Mondays are a bit of a downer at the moment as we always seem to be coming in and going over what went wrong. Hopefully we can turn it round."

Thistle’s woes have not been helped by a crippling injury list and key players like Abdul Osman, Christie Elliott, Callum Booth and Mustapha Dumbaya have been long term casualties.

Given Thistle’s plight, the introduction of some fresh faces to invigorate the team would provide a telling boost but that is a luxury the Jags simply can’t afford.

Barton added: “The squad has been riddled with serious injuries and there are lads who have been out for months. At times like this when we are struggling, it would be good to get some fresh legs in especially when the games have been coming thick and fast. Fatigue does take a toll. From the analysis we done on the game against Dundee, it looked like we didn’t work as hard as we had in the Motherwell game on the Wednesday. But that’s just fatigue kicking in. Dundee played on the Tuesday and had that extra day of rest. That full day is massive. It’s not an excuse but having fresh faces coming in wouldn’t go amiss.

“We were delighted with the Motherwell game and thought it could be a turning point. But we’re back to square one. We never got complacent and thought we were a better team after beating Motherwell. We had the right mentality going to the Dundee game but it never happened.

“We’ve said it before but it’s these individual errors that are costing us. With some of the goals we are leaking, it’s amateur stuff and we have to sort it out.”