As quoted by Not The Old Firm, Partick Thistle manager, Ian McCall, has acknowledged there’s uncertainty over contracts at Firhill, with two Rangers loanees currently in the dark.

When the footballing authorities called a halt to all professional and grassroots football in Scotland on Friday 13th March, the Jags were rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

McCall has, as yet, been unable to steer Thistle to safety. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They had been showing signs of turning the corner for some time, having recorded three consecutive draws before the break, but now things have been put on the back burner for the good of public health.

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While no one is disputing that call, the uncertainty about when – if at all – the 2019/20 campaign will resume, is proving problematic.

That’s because Thistle have 13 players whose deals expire in May, two of whom are on loan from Rangers.

Jamie Barjonas and Lewis Mayo both headed to Firhill in January, but may not represent their adopted club again.

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Jamie Barjonas in action for Rangers during against Hibernian in 2017.

Jamie Barjonas in action for Rangers during against Hibernian in 2017. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I can’t see us playing football until August,” said McCall, as quoted by Not The Old Firm. “That opens up a can of worms in terms of pre-contracts and contracts. You can put five solutions out there but each one is flawed, not one is perfect. Fitness and well-being is way more important than anything.”

“We need clarity but we have to understand how difficult it is when we don’t know enough about coronavirus…Outwith everyone’s health, there are financial worries and people have to get together. There are ways to do that.

“We can only try and do it at our club because we know Partick Thistle means an awful lot to an awful lot of supporters. Thistle is also a club that means a lot to Scottish football and to supporters of other clubs. It always has done. It’s a special club.”

Lewis Mayo scoring for Rangers in a pre-season friendly against Oxford United at Ibrox.

Lewis Mayo scoring for Rangers in a pre-season friendly against Oxford United at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

Officially, Scottish football is only suspended until the end of April, but given the UK is essentially in lockdown until midway through that month, it’s highly unlikely there’ll be a resumption any time soon.

 

This is leading to uncertainty for every club, but Thistle appear to be particularly affected given that so many players will soon be out of contract.

As for Barjonas and Mayo, the two players are in similar scenarios but are at different stages of their Rangers careers.

Barjonas has competitive first-team experience, having made multiple Premiership appearances as a teenager. He signed a new contract earlier in the season which takes him through to the summer of 2021.
There’s a sense, though, that given this is his third stint away from Ibrox, he should have made a bigger impact than he’s managed so far.
The 21-year-old has made just five appearances under McCall and is yet to complete 90 minutes in a Thistle shirt.
In contrast, this is Mayo’s first foray into senior football and he’s made an outstanding start. After recovering from a minor injury he was carrying when the loan deal was struck, the 20-year-old slotted in at centre-back against Queen of the South and earned the Man of the Match award.
He then started the next two fixtures before the suspension kicked in and curtailed what at been an impressive start.
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