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Tuesday 7th May 2013

Clubs start making changes to playing squads

Clubs announce squad changes

The first batch of players being released by their clubs has been announced with First Division Champions Partick Thistle letting go 20-year-old former Motherwell midfielder Bradley Halsman as well as short term signing from Dunfermline Andy Dowie.

The Firhill club had already told striker Steven Craig that he was not going to be offered a new contract and Manager Alan Archibald said: “Bradley is unfortunate as he will just be too old to play for our under-20 side next season and I don’t want to keep him here next season when I don’t see him playing too often.”

Dowie is leaving Partick for a second time after an incident packed 5 weeks following being made redundant by Dunfermline with Archibald saying: “Andy of course came in and scored the goal at Falkirk on the day we won the League. That wasn’t his sole contribution as his performance against Morton in a high profile game, in amongst a defence he did not know, was terrific.”

“If we had not been promoted then I would have kept Andy but I feel that we need to strengthen for the SPL. Telling players that they are leaving is a horrible thing to do and has taken some of the gloss off our celebrations.”

Livingston have unloaded 9 players from their first team pool with the list headed by captain and record appearance holder Liam Fox. Also leaving West Lothian is Andy McNeil, Craig Barr, Iain Russell, Tony Andreu, Jesus Garcia Tena, Kevin McCann, Jordan Morton and Andy Russell.

In the Third Division Stirling Albion have parted company with Sam Filler, Scott Davidson, Joshua Flood, Richie Kirwan, Daly McSorley and Gary Thom with Clyde doing likewise with skipper Paul Hay,  Daniel Fitzpatrick and Jack Sloss.