ON-FORM Bob McHugh wants to stay a thorn in Partick Thistle’s side as he eyes more goals against the Jags.

The striker bagged a brace when Thistle came to Cappielow in last season’s 5-1


With five goals in all competitions so far this season, McHugh’s confidence is sky high and he hopes to continue his rich vein of form.

He told the Tele: “I’m feeling really confident at the minute. I’m coming in and looking forward to and enjoying training.

“I’m really looking forward to the next match and I’m confident going into any game just now — I feel I can go and nick a goal or even an assist no matter who we’re up against. It’s a good feeling to have.

“Obviously it makes a difference when you’ve got quality behind you and I think this season we really do have that in Nicky [Cadden] and Aidan [Nesbitt].

“There’s plenty of other boys in abundance there too who can put it on a plate for you or even score themselves.

“That gives us a few options over the course of the season but I’m hoping that I can continue to put the ball in the back of the net.

“It’s a striker’s dream having players like that alongside you.

“It’s probably my strongest area, getting goals inside the box, and with most of the others doing the hard work for me, leaving me to have that little bit of movement to get in front of the defender, if that continues for the full season I’ll be more than delighted.

“I’d had a wee knock at the start of pre-season which meant I was playing catch up from that point onwards.

“I feel like in the last month or so, I’ve been able to get some game time and I’m starting to hit the levels I know I can.

“I just hope this form can continue for the rest of the season.

“It’s still early doors, hopefully within the next few weeks if I keep banging them in then I’ll be able to say it’s been my best run of form since signing.

“I’m just trying to focus on my game and helping out the team as much as possible.”

McHugh says his double against the Jags was one of his highlights from last season and he hopes to inflict more damage on Gary Caldwell’s side when they visit Cappielow on Friday.

He said: “It was a memorable game at Cappielow against Partick last year. We’ve got a completely new team now, as do they, so it’ll be a different game.

“It was one of my better performances last year, I really enjoyed it and hopefully with it being a Friday night game under the lights at Cappielow it’ll be a good crowd tomorrow.

“The fans have been amazing the last few weeks, and because of that the boys are buzzing going into most games.”

McHugh thanked Ton manager David Hopkin for the confidence and belief he’s shown in him in the early part of the season as he eyes a long run in the team.

He added: “I’m just enjoying playing. We’ve got plenty of good strikers in the squad, goals and assists are a welcomed bonus at the minute so long may that continue.

“The gaffer’s had that bit of belief in me, which is going a long way and tactically he’s very good.

“I’m learning stuff off him every day, the staff he’s brought in with him have been a breath of fresh air.

“There’s been a lot of positive changes about the club and the boys are buzzing with the way it’s going.”