Stuart Bannigan is hoping that new Partick Thistle signings can hit the ground running after the Jags dropped back into the relegation zone.

They were comfortably beaten by Dundee United at Firhill over the weekend, losing 4-1. A spirited first half wasn’t enough as a Lawrence Shankland hat trick and Adrian Sporle effort condemned them to a heavy defeat.

Bannigan is an experienced Partick Thistle man now. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

It leaves them in ninth ahead of a glamour Scottish Cup tie. They’ll face Celtic for the second time this season as the Jags welcome their neighbours from the the other side of Glasgow to Maryhill.

Bannigan, who recently penned a new contract at Firhill, hopes that new signings can help ‘lift’ Ian McCall’s side: “We are disappointed. The last six or seven games we’ve been one of the top teams in the league in terms of points but we’re still down the bottom.

“We need to improve but it’s very tight down the bottom. I’m hoping we give the fans something to shout about because it’s not been good enough the past 18 months.

They’ve flirted with the drop over the last two campaigns. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“The home form has been pretty poor. I don’t want to be talking about the play-off.

“Every time we seem to say we’ve a chance of sneaking in we fall back again. Our main priority is to get away from the relegation zone. We definitely need new signings.

“Hopefully they can lift the place  and can come straight into the starting 11.”

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