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Archibald: Moving Hearts game to December not an option

A decision is still to be made on whether or not Hearts v Partick Thistle will go ahead.

Alan Archibald says Partick Thistle should not be asked to play another game in December if their match against Hearts this weekend is postponed.

Sunday's game is scheduled to be Hearts' first game of the season back at Tynecastle after redevelopment work on their new main stand but they are yet to receive the go-ahead from Edinburgh City Council.

A decision could be made as late as Saturday evening after safety inspections are carried out on the stand, which is not due to be fully completed until later in the season.

The Jags boss says their lack of games in November compared to eight matches in December means anything other than the fixture going ahead as planned this weekend will cause major disruption in their calendar.

"We don't have a game next week either so it's important it goes ahead," Archibald said.

"We only have one game in November and we've played it so it's important we get another game."

Archibald explained the club were happy to swap the reverse fixture in September, which was meant to be at Tynecastle but was changed to Firhill.

He said: "Hearts came to us and asked for the game to be changed. At the time (September) it was a hard decision for us, we wanted to help them out but it gave us three tough away games in November.

"We decided to do it but the last thing we want is the game to be off as it will give us nine games in December.

"At the moment we do not have a big enough squad to deal with that. We're not an English Premier League club where you've got 26 players to chose from."

"We did Hearts a favour, like the whole of Scotland has, and that's the way the game should be. But it can't come to a point where it's affecting us."
Alan Archibald, Partick Thistle manager

Archibald said he would not help other clubs to the detriment of the Jags.

"We have a squad that has a few injuries as well just now and we don't want to take on an extra game in December.

"We did Hearts a favour, like the whole of Scotland has, and that's the way the game should be.

"I think it's good now clubs do talk and help each other, that's what we want for the best of Scottish football. But it can't come to a point where it's affecting us."

He added: "We can't take a ninth game in December because we couldn't handle it."

"There's no dispute with Hearts, we've not had a fight with them, we will give them every chance to get the game on but I don't think it's fair to be asked to play a ninth game in December when we've been asked to do someone else a favour.

"If the game is off then I also need to phone and find somewhere for us to train on Sunday."

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