Stoke City have sent Liam Lindsay to Preston North End as the former Partick Thistle defender heads to Deepdale for regular minutes.

The Scottish centre-back left Thistle for Barnsley in 2017 after a fruitful Firhill stint, going on to feature 90 times for them before moving to Stoke City in the summer of 2019. He has made 23 appearances for the Potters.

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Lindsay has signed on loan at Preston North End from Stoke City. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Preston found themselves in the middle of one of the January window’s biggest transfers, Ben Davies leaving Deepdale to sign for Premier League champions Liverpool, the Reds looking for a last-gasp solution to their centre-back issues.

Alex Neil’s side then needed a replacement and they have one in Lindsay according to the former Hamilton boss: “It is good to get this bit of business done. The Ben Davies interest came out of the blue so it’s not something we expected, but he have obviously been keeping an eye on left sided centre backs in case that did happen.

“Liam is a guy who has played at the level, he’s been at Stoke, he’s been at Barnsley, he’s a good age, he’s left-sided and left footed and I think it makes sense to bring someone in who can hopefully do well between now and the end of the season.

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Lindsay has been signed by Alex Neil as a Deadline Day transfer. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

“He’s a good presence, a good size, and we are really hopeful for him. He hasn’t played a lot of football this year and we want to make sure that he gets his season up and running.”

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