SPIRITS were high among Partick Thistle fans this evening as supporters celebrated League One victory. 

In an unusual set of circumstances, around 150 supporters gathered at the Forth and Clyde Canal to cheer the Firhill side on from behind the river fence. 

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Fireworks and flares in the colours of red and yellow were set off in the direction of Firhill Stadium as supporters cheered on in delight. 

In anticipation, fans of the Jags watched their side secure the win in style with a 5-0 hammering of Falkirk.

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Robbie Cassidy, from Blairdardie, said he was "over the moon" and that he "cannot wait" for next season's championship.

The 8-year-old boy, who has never once missed an away game, said: "I'm so happy they have won, just over the moon. It was a close call at the last game before they got regulated. I go to the home and away games every time they play."

Club manager Ian McCall's son, Edson, was also among those to celebrate the club securing the title. 

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The 18-year-old said: "I can't be prouder of my dad. I remember Ayr and going back into my dad's hotel room afterwards and we were both crying. 

"Now he has come to Thistle and after this, I know he is probably feeling the same. 

"I have supported Thistle since I was born and always have done - even when he was at Ayr. I have always wanted my dad to do well but now he is at Thistle it is unbelievable.

"I'm so proud of the team too right now and everything he has done for the club.

"We're heading for the championships and I think he is going to smash it. We'll head through to the Premiership by 2023 with no worries."

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The win means Thistle have bounced back to the Championship at the first time of asking after being relegated in controversial circumstances last year when the league was ended early because of the Covid pandemic.

The West End team were sent down to Scotland's third tier on a points per game basis.

Supporters said that the victory was what the Glasgow club deserved after a "year from hell". 

David Jack, 35, from Kelvinhall, said: "Really, it has been a year from hell for us so this is what we deserved. Justice is done. I'm just so happy, everyone here is you can feel it in the atmosphere."

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James Monnigle added: "We've been doing brilliantly since the league restarted. I'm just so cuffed - mon the Jags."

Matthew Johnson said: "I'm ready for tonight... I'm happy. I'm ready for the championship so here we go. We didn't deserve to be down but we're straight back up in one season.

"Everyone here at the canal is ecstatic. We're ready for a good night. 

After the game, Partick Thistle Football Club released a statement asking fans who had gathered at the grounds to "return home".

It reads: "There will be no trophy presentation at Firhill this evening, we would ask supporters not to gather at the stadium.

"Any already there are requested to return home and to follow the current government coronavirus guidelines."