PARTICK THISTLE manager Ian McCall admits that the club’s ongoing injury crisis means he will have to dip into the transfer market this month to flesh out his squad.

The Jags’ Scottish Cup tie against Cowdenbeath, due to be played yesterday afternoon, has been rearranged for Tuesday night after the pitch failed an inspection in the morning.

The postponement may well prove to be a blessing in disguise, with McCall revealing earlier this week that he had just 12 outfield players to choose from – a situation compounded by Rangers’ decision to recall defender Rhys Breen and send him out on loan to Queen of the South for the remainder of the campaign.

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With a host of key players facing extended spells on the sidelines, McCall says that there are ‘two or three’ players the club are interested in bringing to Maryhill. However, the Thistle boss says the departure of Breen won’t be too difficult, given the emergence of Mouhamed ‘Sena’ Niang in central defence.

“The Rhys Breen one is because of Sena, he's come in and been excellent,” McCall explained. “It doesn't guarantee he will make a living out of football but you always have favourites when you have been doing this for many years.

“If there is one boy who deserves to do something, it is that boy. He has been through a lot in his life and he's a really humble boy. He has a chance, he is well-thought of around this club.

“I mean the option is there to put Sena in midfield but he’s just done so well, he looks like a centre-back to me now.

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“Listen we’ve got two or three irons in the fire, [chief executive] Gerry [Britton] and I are spinning 50 plates. I had hoped that after the work we did in the last January window to bring the likes of Darren Brownlie and Ross Docherty and Brian Graham, that the purpose of that was to make sure in all other windows we were just tweaking things and moving forward.

“If you had nine or 10 that you trusted then you make that 12 or 13, then 14, 15 and that type of thing. But it looks like we might have to try to do a wee bit more than we wanted to do. There are two or three deals that we’re working on that we will just have to see if they come to fruition.”