SCOTT Tiffoney has completed a permanent move to Partick Thistle from Livingston with left-back James Penrice moving in the opposite direction.

Tiffoney, 22, sparkled on loan at Firhill during the second half of the campaign – winning the club’s McRea Mortgages Young Player of the Year award after scoring nine goals in 12 outings, bringing home 38 per cent of the fans’ votes – and was the catalyst as Ian McCall’s men rampaged to the League One title.

The winger has signed a two-year deal with the Maryhill outfit with Thistle Weir Youth Academy graduate Penrice penning a contract at the Tony Macaroni. The two deals are understood to be technically separate – both players’ contracts had expired – but Herald and Times Sport understands that neither move could have been successful without the other.

"Obviously, we’re over the moon to bring Tiff to the club on a permanent basis," McCall told the club's website. "He was electric for us during the second part of last season and was a huge part of the way we were playing as we went on that great run.

"His pace offers something different and you can see from his numbers during the loan spell that he has the end product to go along with it. He’s still a young player too so we’re looking forward to seeing more of him this season.”

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Penrice leaves Firhill after three seasons of regular first-team football and with around 120 appearances in red-and-yellow to his name, with McCall wishing the 22-year-old the best of luck at Livingston.

McCall added: “James is a great boy and a very talented player. He’s someone who broke into the first team here at a very difficult time which must have been tough for such a young player but he’s certainly contributed a lot since I’ve been back at the club.

“This move is one that I think suits all parties and gives James a good chance to go and play in the Premiership so we wish him all the best and hope he does well; I’m sure he will.”

Meanwhile, midfield stalwart Stuart Bannigan has collected the Jags’ McCrea Mortgages Player of the Year award after providing the engine in the middle of the park as Thistle motored to the third-tier title.

The 28-year-old received 45 per cent of ballots cast by supporters but Bannigan suggested that there were plenty of his team-mates that could have won the award too.

He told the club's website: “It’s lovely to be recognised with the Player of the Year award but there were plenty of boys in the dressing room who were just as deserving of this award as me. It was a real team effort for the whole season.

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“For me personally, I was happy with the way I played. The fact that I played the second most minutes in the squad was very pleasing although it was just typical that I picked up that knock just before the split.

“Thankfully, I was able to come back in for the Falkirk game and what a game that was. It just felt like it was going to be our night and I think after that first goal went in it was only going one way.

“At the moment, there’s a real good feel around the club and it’s probably the best feeling we’ve had in a few years now so we’re all just looking forward to coming back for pre-season and hopefully having another really successful campaign.”