Partick Thistle have released a critical statement on the football suspension that is now underway in Scotland.

All football in Scotland beneath the top two divisions has been postponed for the next three weeks. That is in an attempt to stop the soaring Covid-19 levels from increasing even further.

Of course, Partick weren’t happy when they were relegated to League One last season when football was brought to an early halt. Once again, the Firhill club aren’t happy. They feel that the restructure of the divisions which they requested last season should have been brought in.

“Fought to avoid”

“Today’s news that all football below the Championship has been shut down is the culmination of a series of circumstances that we, as a board, foretold last April, and have fought to avoid ever since” the statement says.

Greenock Morton v Partick Thistle - Ladbrokes Championship

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Once demoted, we fought for a restructure of leagues to allow us, as an ambitious full-time club, to continue playing if football was stopped again. If that had happened, we would still be playing today” it goes on.

Thistle are also concerned about the impact that the break might have in their ability to sign players in the January transfer window.

Concerned about transfers

They are worried that some players might not want to join the club during the current lockdown. They make the case that sporting integrity is going to suffer if they can’t sign players.

Hearts v Partick Thistle - Pre-Season Friendly

Tough times for the Jags. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“The final straw is the impact that this may have during the transfer window. This may be a three-week break but that takes us to the end of the window. Players want to play and uncertainty is not the basis for a move. Where’s the sporting integrity if, once the game restarts, we haven’t been able to strengthen the team to help achieve our aim of promotion?” the club concluded.

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