FOLLOWING Euromillions winner Colin Weir's takeover of Partick Thistle, the club have announced that the new owner will restart his funding of the club's youth academy and women's team.

Weir pulled his funding of the Thistle Weir Youth Academy earlier this year after being unimpressed with the club's direction under their prospective owners New City Capital.

But the Firhill club's owner will now resume funding of the academy up until 2021, as per the original agreement betwen him and Partick Thistle.

Scott Allison, who leads the Academy, said: “This is very welcome news. It allows us to carry on with our programmes as planned but more importantly, it gives us stability after a period of uncertainty

"I am grateful to Colin for continuing to support us and we will ensure his belief in us is repaid with ongoing success.”

Beth Adamson, joint coach for the women’s team, added: “Colin’s offer of funding came out of the blue and will transform our next two seasons.

"We can further professionalize the women’s club, including beginning to compete for players going forward.

"We have huge ambition for the team and this injection of money has come just at the right time to help us make our plans a reality.”

Weir completed his takeover of Partick Thistle last week and has promised to transfer his majority shareholding to fans by March 2020 free of cost.