Rangers loanee Rhys Breen was left kicking his heels on the bench for Partick Thistle yesterday afternoon as the Jags recorded a 2-0 win at Firhill against Queen’s Park.

Breen moved to the Jags with fellow Gers Academy star Kieran Wright earlier this summer and would have been hoping to get some minutes under his belt against the Spiders.

The defender impressed during a recent friendly with Hearts in Maryhill but couldn’t displace Darren Brownlie and Ciaran McKenna from the Jags’ starting XI.

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The hosts put in a hard-working performance against the, relatively, big-spending Queen’s and were good value for their win as they prepare for life in the third tier this season.

With Wright on Scotland under-21 duty, it was only Breen who was involved with the Jags this weekend and with Thistle’s next game coming on Tuesday, he may get his chance to impress in midweek.

Two second-half goals from Joe Cardle sealed the three points for Partick after taking more than an hour to break down a stubborn defence as Ray McKinnon’s new-look side looked for a surprise win against their Glasgow rivals.

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The win leaves Partick second in Group G with two games left and they’ll be hoping they can push on and grab a place alongside Rangers in the last 16.

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