Thistle boss Stuart Davidson is hoping to solve the club's goalkeeping dilemma as they face up to second placed Renfrew.

It is a 1.45pm kick-off at Barrfields Park, and is the first of three big games before the festive break as Largs face Irvine Meadow away on the 9th December, before finishing 2017 with a home clash against Rutherglen on the 16th.

With Ross Lundy unavailable due to work commitments, and Sean Graham still injured, Stuart is looking at keeper Jamie Cousar, who featured on Saturday.

Jamie is from New Farm Loch amateurs based near Kilmarnock, and pulled off some important saves as Largs held on for a 2-1 victory over Muirkirk.

Thistle have been bolstered by the return of winger Ryan McKie who caught the eye with some dangerous goal and notched a goal in Saturday's friendly after missing all of the season so far due to a knee injury.

Stuart said: "It is great to have Ryan back and showing some good form. He has been really hungry at training, and it was good to give him some game time before the Renfrew game.

"Our supporters have stuck by us, and keep encouraging the team, and it would be good to put in a show for the supporters on Saturday. We know we have a good squad, but it is no good talking the talk, we need to show what we are capable of. We are going into an important time of the season before the festive break, and it is time for us to step up.

"These are a massive three games for us to try and get back into a promotion position. We got a point against Darvel, and should have won that game in the end, and have gone on to beat Bellshill and Muirkirk."

Largs have yet to beat a team in the top four of the Super First Division this season, and want to get the 'monkey off their back', and said: "The players will be disappointed with that but in spells against Troon, Petershill and at Renfrew, we have shown good periods of play. We need to concentrate throughout; we have been looking stronger defensively over the last few games. Renfrew have been very consistent this season and got themselves into a good position. I felt in our last game we had some good chances at 1-1 to go on and win the game."

Reflecting on the Muirkirk win, Stuart said: "We didn't create as many chances as I would have liked but credit to Muirkirk who played well defensively. There have been plenty of positives in recent weeks and we need to take these into the Renfrew game."

Thistle were hit with an injury blow as forward Joel Kasubandi pulled his hamstring at training, and in unlikely to feature in Saturday's game. Despite a promising Ardagh Cup and scoring against Dalry, the player has been beset with injuries, but came off the bench and nearly scored the winner against Darvel.