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Friday, 8 June, 2001, 01:20 GMT 02:20 UK
Thistle's summer ins and outs
James McKinstrey is playing Thistle's tune
James McKinstrey is playing Thistle's tune
BBC Sport Online keeps you up to date with who is leaving or joining Partick Thistle as they make their return to Scottish League Division One.

Partick manager John Lambie brought in experienced trio Jamie Dolan, Paddy Kelly and Richard Huxford before the big kick-off.

Former Motherwell and Dunfermline midfielder Dolan had been on his way on loan from Livingston to Raith Rovers but instead moved permanently to Glasgow.

Kelly arrived on a one-year deal from Livingston, while fellow defender Huxford has been given three months to prove he is worth a longer deal after the former Dunfermline man arrived from Alloa Athletic.

But Lambie was left disappointed when they lost out on French midfielder Pascal Tetu, who signed a two-year deal with Bournemouth.

Partick assitant manager Gerry Collins said: "He got an offer he could not refuse."

They also missed out on veteran striker Owen Coyle, who became player-coach at Airdrieonians, and last year's top scorer, Peter Lindau preferred to move back to Sweden in search of a contract.

Connaghan (left) arrives from Queen's Park
Connaghan (left) arrives from Queen's Park
The runaway Second Division champions did sign James McKinstrey from Clydebank, Denis Connaghan from Queen's Park and Livingston pair Derek Fleming and Gerry Britton.

Fleming was formerly with Dunfermline Athletic and Hearts, while Britton has returned to the club where he made his name.

Partick also took advantage of Morton's financial problems to sign central defender Scott Paterson on a one-yer deal, the 26-year-old central defender having previously been with Bristol City, Carlisle United, Plymouth Argyle and Peterhead.

But veteran strikers Paul McGrillen, Allan Moore and George Shaw were all released along with former Celtic defender and many fans' player of the season, Mark McNally.

Wing-back McKinstrey is a 21-year-old who prefers the right side but can play on both flanks and signed for Clydebank from junior side Irvine Meadow.

He won his two-year deal after fine performances against Partick as the Glasgow side won the Second Division title.

McKinstrey played well against Thistle
McKinstrey played well against Thistle
The 25-year-old Connaghan was fixed up shortly before a late collapse by Queen's Park saw Thistle's Glasgow rivals relegated to Division Three.

Midfielder Andy Gibson, 19, signed up for his first term as a full-time player along with Greg Milligan, Fraser Easton and Nicky Collins.

Derek Lyle, a 20-year-old striker, re-signed for another year, while experienced defenders Alan Archibald and Stephen Craigan had agreed new two-year deals before the end of the season.

But young goalkeeper Michael Brown has joined Forfar Athletic.

In: Jamie Dolan (midfield, Livingston), Garry Gow (goalkeeper, Stenhousemuir), Derek Fleming (defence, Livingston), Gerry Britton (forward, Livingston), Scott Paterson (defence, Morton), Paddy Kelly (defence, Livingston), Richard Huxford (defence, Alloa Athletic), James McKinstrey (defence/midfield, Clydebank), Denis Connaghan (defence, Queen's Park), Greg Milligan (youth), Fraser Easton (youth), Nicky Collins (youth).

Re-signed: Andy Gibson (midfield), Alan Archibald (defence), Stephen Craigan (defence), Derek Lyle (forward).

Out: Peter Lindau (forward), Mark McNally (defender), Michael Brown (goalkeeper, Forfar Athletic), George Shaw (forward), Paul McGrillen (forward), Sandy Stewart (defender), Allan Moore (forward), Brian Hamilton (midfield), Stephen Docherty (forward), Des Kelly (midfield), Chris Ratcliffe, Robert Walker.

See also:

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31 Mar 01 |  Scot Div 2
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