Partick Thistle open Doolan contract talks - Archibald

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Scotland at Firhill
Alan Archibald
Alan Archibald has now led Partick Thistle to four consecutive victories

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald has opened contract talks with Kris Doolan.

The striker, who has been with Thistle since 2009, has scored six times this season and hit the crossbar twice in Saturday's win at home to Ross County.

"I had a brief chat with Dools during the week there," Archibald told BBC Scotland after the narrow victory.

"Obviously with things getting done with the bank, we've got a deal in place now that's let us try and start getting players tied up."

In November, the Jags obtained new shareholder investment and an agreement with their bank completed the process of wiping out a debt of £1.5m.

The knock-on effect of that was shown with the significant contract extension given to Sierra Leonean right-back Mustapha Dumbuya until 2018.

Partick Thistle forward Kris Doolan
Doolan has been a regular scorer since joining Thistle

Doolan, 29, signed from junior side Auchinleck Talbot and in his last five campaigns at Firhill the Kilmarnock-born forward has posted scoring totals of 16, 13, 13, 11 and 10.

"We've started [talks] with Dools," said Archibald. "Just a quiet chat with him and we'll take things from there.

"He knows he's loved here and we're desperate to keep him and hopefully he'll stay.

"One of the first things I did when I took over was give him a new deal because we know the part he plays.

"Sometimes he's not in the team but you'll always get effort from him, but he's got quality as well and sometimes that's overlooked."

Thistle climbed to seventh place in the Scottish Premiership by beating fifth-placed County, who the Jags trail by two points.

"It feels great and it's another ugly win as well with a clean sheet," added Archibald.

Partick Thistle players celebrate Andrew Davies' own goal
Partick Thistle narrowly defeated Ross County

"Tomas Cerny had a fantastic save in the first half which kept us in it.

"It's strange league this year and it's really, really compact. We've just missed out on top six by goal difference yet we're still only six points away from second bottom, but we've just got to keep concentrating on what we've been doing of late."

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre felt the Staggies had "two unbelievable shouts" for penalties turned down by referee Andrew Dallas during the defeat, and branded Andrew Davies' own goal "a killer".

McIntyre believed Jamie Reckord had been tugged during a foray into the box but was even stronger in his opinion that Abdul Osman pulled back Jackson Irvine when the Australian tried to meet a square ball near the six-yard line.

"Really frustrated that the referee's missed both of them," said McIntyre.

"Especially Jackson's, because it was just so glaring. He had a great chance of getting there and we'll never know [if he would have scored] because he got a tug back to stop his momentum.

"Whether he's getting there or whether he's not; he's being impeded.

"I'm very angry with the reaction after the goal and also the decisions that went against us."

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