Thistle boss Stuart Davidson is hoping that the club can progress in the cups in 2018 despite some potentially difficult ties awaiting them.

Largs have been drawn at home to Cambuslang in the 2nd round of the New Coins Automatic West of Scotland Cup, and face either Kello or Hurlford away in the 2nd round of the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup after receiving a first round bye.

Stuart, nicknamed Arnie, said: "Cambuslang will be very familiar to us by the time we play them as we have to face them twice in the league over the coming weeks.

"It will be a tough tie as they have been going well, but we want to try and get as far as we can. I feel we have let ourselves down in the cups in recent times, although we were unlucky to go out at Hurlford. 

"We have a lot of away games in the league coming up so it is good to have a home tie."

Looking at the Ayrshire Cup, where there is a possibility of Premier opposition in Hurlford, Stuart said: "Kello or Hurlford will be a hard game. I watched Kello beat Irvine Meadow and I was very impressed with their work rate. We came very close against Hurlford in the Ardagh Cup but we would be expecting another hard tie against them."

Taking a pragmatic approach to both tournaments, Stuart said: "No matter who you get drawn against, you need to win hard ties to progress in cups and try and get a bit of success.

"You look at those ties and we have some big league matches coming up, it is a very exciting second half of the season, and we have a lot to play for."