FREDERIC FRANS insists motivation won't be in short supply as Partick Thistle's season threatens to tamely fizzle out.
IT did not take long for the feelgood factor to fade away at Firhill.
THERE are few tasks as futile for calling for a sense of proportion in football.
A HOMEMADE banner occupied a corner of the East Stand, its message enduring long after the final whistle had blown and the floodlights switched off inside McDiarmid Park.
PAUL Gallacher took in the Dundee derby match after Partick Thistle's game with Celtic was postponed on New Year's Day.
TWO games, two goals, six points.
IF Santa has three SPFL Premiership points on the back of his sleigh later this week, he should drop them at the front door of Firhill.
ONE of Inverness Caledonian Thistle's great strengths over the last few years is the fact their players rarely do things by halves.
ONE run has come to an end but another will have to wait to get going.
IT was lucky 13 for Ryan Stevenson.
ONE point from seven games at home explains, in a nutshell, why St Mirren are now level on points with Ross County at the bottom of the SPFL Championship and being booed off the field by supporters who have had enough.
THE quality is often questionable but Scottish football's ability to produce excitement, entertainment and talking points remains largely undiminished.
THE Hamilton bubble remains very much intact.
DAN SEABORNE is determined not to allow Partick Thistle's heavy League Cup defeat by Celtic knock the Firhill side off their stride this season.
JERRY SEINFELD once left NBC executives bemused when he pitched the idea for his new sitcom.
For St Johnstone, this match put a stop to their rot:
TANNADICE made for a fetching seasonal scene on a glorious afternoon on Tayside, its pitch and terraces bathed in autumnal oranges, reds and yellows.
FREDERIC FRANS was born in early January, which makes him a Capricorn.
Tommy Craig, most observers would agree, has been under intense pressure during St Mirren's indifferent start to the season.
25' 1-0 Jamie Hamill releases Ross Barbour, whose deep cross is met with a low header by Tope Obadeyi.
His name does not appear on the scoresheet, but one player stood above the rest at Rugby Park yesterday.
THE underlying significance of this evening's match between Partick Thistle and St Mirren will not be lost on Tommy Craig.
PARTICK THISTLE may have surprised the rest of Scottish football with their 3-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday but they didn't shock themselves.
A BALMY afternoon in Maryhill was shattered at 2pm by a series of explosions inside Firhill.
On the face of it, the glitch in the Aberdeen machine which caused them to register only one victory in their opening three SPFL Premiership games has been eradicated.
Derek McInnes's call for greater attacking invention from his Aberdeen side did not fall on deaf ears.
Shay Logan, the Aberdeen full-back, has dismissed the suggestion that his side's involvement in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League has hindered them in the early weeks of the domestic season.
Jackie McNamara, the Dundee United manager, has acknowledged that he was unable to guarantee regular football to Brian Graham this season.
Kris Doolan hopes he has given Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald a selection headache after marking his first start of the campaign with a goal against Morton on Tuesday, writes Chris Jack.