Partick Thistle: Ryan Stevenson prays for Partick Thistle additions

Stephen O'Donnell in action for Partick Thistle
O'Donnell has joined Luton Town

Ryan Stevenson is praying Partick Thistle can compensate for the loss of Kallum Higginbotham, Stephen O'Donnell and Conrad Balatoni this summer.

Right-back O'Donnell has joined Luton Town, striker Higginbotham has signed for Kilmarnock, while defender Balatoni was also out of contract.

"He will be a big loss to us," said midfielder Stevenson of Higginbotham.

"He's a match winner. On his day, he can score goals, he can assist goals. Stephen will be a massive miss for us."

While 26-year-old Higginbotham remains in the Scottish Premiership, O'Donnell has taken a chance to prove himself in England's League Two.

"Out on the right side, he gave us so much going forward," Stevenson told BBC Scotland when asked about the 23-year-old.

Kallum Higginbotham (left) in action against Kilmarnock
Kallum Higginbotham (left) has switched to Kilmarnock this summer

"He's is a complete and utter athlete and he would get up and down all day for us.

"Conrad was great for us and popped up with a couple of goals as well as doing his defensive duties."

Goalkeeper Scott Fox has also moved on to Premiership rivals Ross County and striker Lyle Taylor has returned to Scunthorpe United after his loan.

Only goalkeeper Tomas Cerny, from Hibernian, has been added to the squad - although defender Callum Booth has become a permanent signing after being on loan from the Easter Road club.

"At the end of the day, they've all want on to new things and decided they want to go on a new adventure," said Stevenson of the departures.

"We are just sitting back and waiting to see who they bring in and hoping we get good players in to try to push us up the league for next season."

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