LARGS Thistle assistant manager Martin Crawford has praised midfield maestro Mark Millar's contribution as Largs ready themselves for a testing challenge at Rob Roy on Saturday.

Millar has been a key man in Thistle's remarkable goalscoring feats this season, pulling the strings in midfield and carving out a host of chances.

Having featuring for Livingston, Dundee United, and Queen of the South in an illustrious playing career, the 30 year old was one of the marquee signings - and his splendid displays have impressed club bosses and supporters.

It is a 1.45pm kick-off at Guys Meadow, Cumbernauld, for the Premier encounter and Thistle head into the match in scintillating from after smashing 13 goals in their last two games.

However, against the odds, Rob Roy gained a point against high-flying Largs at Barrfields last month and will be looking to put up another battling display to try and stop the local men's momentum.

Crawford said: "The last time Mark Millar equalised with eight minutes to go with a wonder strike, and we really took the game to them in that final spell.

"We have moved on from then and we have been more comfortable in our style of play; more fluid.

"Mark Millar's influence has been pivotal in a lot of these matches - he personifies coolness under pressure and always manages to find a player with a ball.

"You can see he has played at a high level, and he has been the missing link for us from previous seasons, he is always posed and does not panic. "Mark is always on the ball, instigating play and works hard, and sets a great example."

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