Partick Thistle have appointed four new directors amid sweeping boardroom changes that have forced chairman Jacqui Low and directors Michael Robertson and Duncan Smillie out.

David Beattie, Ronnie Gilfillan, David Kelly, Norman Springford have all been named as directors, with Beattie a former chairman of the Jags.

2nd December 2017, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Premiership football, Partick Thistle versus Hibernian; General view of the stadium under the Winter sun before kickoff

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After only stepping down as chairman 12 months ago, it’s interesting to see Beattie return to the boardroom at Partick so soon after leaving the club “in the best hands.

Thistle confirmed the changes on their club website, amid speculation of a takeover at Firhill, with a brief statement confirming the changes were at the instruction of “a majority of shareholders.”

Existing directors Alan Rough, Ian Dodd and Malcolm Cannon remain on the board alongside the new appointments.

A report in the Daily Mail last month claimed that Thistle were being eyed up the consortium that own French side Nice and Barnsley, as they look to grow their network of clubs.

12th May 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Dundee versus Partick Thistle; Partick Thistle fans at the end as they win 1-0

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There’s been nothing further on that since the initial report, however, such a change at boardroom level could open the door to a takeover.

One problem that any takeover would face however is EFL dual ownership rules, although after failing to act when Mike Ashley was in breach of them while involved with Newcastle and Rangers, it’s unclear how much of an issue it would be.

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