STEVEN CRAIG today revealed his shock at having his SPL dreams dashed by Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald.

The Jags striker will not be offered a new Firhill contract this summer and is set to leave the club after the champions wrap up their Irn-Bru First Division campaign against Dumbarton this weekend.

Craig has scored 15 times for Thistle since moving from Ross County last year, initially on a short-term loan deal, but is now on the lookout for a new club after Archibald informed him he was not part of his top-flight plans for next season.

Craig said: "I am absolutely gutted. I spoke to Archie on Friday and I was informed that I won't be offered a new deal.

"Obviously I was shocked and surprised, but that is football. I will move on to my next venture.

"I have enjoyed my time at Thistle, I can't thank the boys and the fans enough.

"I hoped there would be a deal on the table for me. I have had a successful season with Thistle and I was looking forward to going to the Premier League with them so to find out that is not the case is surprising.

"Like I said, I am old enough and wise enough to realise that there are no certainties in football. I will wait and see what happens. We have the last game on Saturday.

"I will sit down and speak with my agent in the next two or three days and see where we are at."

Craig may not be joining the Jags on their journey into the SPL, but his part in their promotion bid in recent months cannot be underestimated.

As well as firing Thistle into the Ramsdens Cup Final with a semi-final winner against Cowdenbeath, he made a huge contribution to their title success as he collected his second successive winners medal following County's triumph 12 months ago.

He said: "I think this one is a big more special for me from a personal point of view because it is at Thistle. The one last year with County was a bit of a foregone conclusion, we won the league very convincingly and had it wrapped up long before the end of the season.

"To win it in the manner we did this year was great. Everyone had written us off but we done it.

"The only negative has been the Ramsdens Cup final, but that was always going to be a bonus. Overall the season has been a massive success."

Having put in the hours to battle their way to First Division glory, Thistle have enjoyed some much deserved down time in the last week to celebrate their achievements.

The Jags lifted the silverware following their dramatic draw with Dunfermline on Saturday and Craig was delighted to bow out from Firhill on a high note.

He said: "It was a good weekend. It is always nice to get your medal and lift the trophy in front of your home fans.

"It sums up our season that we were 3-1 down with five, ten minutes to go and managed to claw it back.

"Obviously you want to win games but it turned into an exciting end and to then lift the trophy, it was a good day.

"You never want to lift the trophy on the back of a defeat, especially your last home game of the season. We wanted to keep our unbeaten record going.

"Dunfermline are fighting for their lives and they were deservedly 3-1 up, but we showed character to get it back to 3-3."