Partick Thistle’s new signing Antonio German says he is ready to make an impact if called upon against Motherwell at Firhill tonight, despite not playing since the beginning of December.
The Firhill club confirmed the capture of the 24-year-old former Queens Park Rangers attacker yesterday on a deal until the end of the season, with manager Alan Archibald citing the fact that the player’s desire to prove himself in the British game was a major factor behind the decision to bring him in after a successful week-long trial.
German was most recently plying his trade in front of massive crowds amid the riches of the Indian Premier League, but the frontman says he has come to Scottish football to show that he can go on to cut it at a higher level in the game.
He said: “I watch Scottish football quite a lot and I think it’s a very good league. You’ve got massive clubs like Celtic, Aberdeen and Rangers, and my aim in coming here is to show what I can do and hopefully move on to better things.
“I already know a few players up here. There’s Shay Logan at Aberdeen and Harry Forrester who’s just moved to Rangers for example.
“I spoke to them and they said I’d be stupid not to come, and hopefully I can get game-time – which is important at my age – and score some goals.
“It’s a lot different from India. I’ve gone from 40 degrees to zero and it’s hard.
“I’ve tried to keep myself in as good shape as possible and hopefully I can help the team get three points against Motherwell.
"We don’t want to be at the bottom of the table but it’s early at the moment. We just have to try to keep winning games and hopefully that can start on Tuesday night."
German's new manager added that he was pleased to finally get the versatile attacking option that he craved after pinpointing the area as a key one that required strengthening.
“It’s good to get him in and get some reinforcements in that area," said Archibald.
"He will give us something different up top or out wide. He gives us versatility and he’s scored goals. He was training at Leyton Orient then we got him in for a week and we think he’ll add something.
“Like a lot of guys he maybe lost his way a little bit. He’s got something to prove with a short-term contract so hopefully he kicks on from there."