By Craig Turnbull
Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald says keeping Stuart Bannigan until the end of the season could be the difference between Scottish Premiership survival and relegation.
The Jags boss is resigned to losing Bannigan in the summer when his contract at Firhill expires.
Aberdeen have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old but Archibald says there is a number of clubs interested in the midfielder’s signature, and he also underlined Bannigan’s importance to the Jags.
“It would be crazy for us to let him go just now because he has such a short time to go on his deal,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football show.
“He could be the difference between us staying up or not and the long-term security of Partick Thistle is the main thing.
“It would be silly to think about short-term gain instead of the long-term future.
“We know we’re going to lose him in the summer as he’s out of contract. He’ll move on to bigger things but we’ll try to get the best out of him so we can finish as high up the league as we can.
“Stuart is the hearbeat of the side and he has been for most of the season. We’re desperate to hold on to him and it would need to be crazy money to let him go just now.”