By Jenness Mitchell & Ryan Maher
Partick Thistle fans were over the moon to watch their team live in action on Saturday afternoon.
Around 1000 home supporters snapped up tickets for the Premier Sports Cup clash against Dunfermline Athletic.
One fan told STV News it was “great” to be able to watch the Jags’ competitive 2021/22 season get under way at Firhill Stadium.
He said: “It’s great to be back. I mean, it’s been a hellish year and a half or so for everyone.
“Obviously, football’s pretty minor compared to what else has been going on, but I mean it’s something you love to see. It’s a hobby, it just feels great to be back really.”
Another fan, who was last at Firhill back in March 2020, said: “It’s a really important part of my week to come and see Thistle, so to be deprived of that for so long has been quite a bit of a loss.
“So, yeah, it’s lovely to be back.”
Another supporter said it was “absolutely brilliant” to be back.
He added: “Home and away every week and I have done for years – really missed it.
“And last season even more so because we missed a title-winning season, which as a Jags fan doesn’t happen very often.
“So, delighted to be back.”
Away supporters were prohibited from attending the game in Glasgow. Despite the lack of crowd support, the Pars went on to beat Thistle 2-4 – which was Dunfermline’s first league cup win at Firhill since 1966.
Ahead of the game, one couple joked: “We both like the football. I don’t know why we come to Firhill, mind you, but we always like the football.”