Dundee United boss Robbie Neilson has given the strongest possible hint he could be looking for reinforcements in the January transfer window.
News the manager is on the hunt for new faces will come as no surprise to Tangerines fans, who watched their team being taken apart by Championship pacesetters Ayr United on Friday night.
However, the 5-0 loss hasn’t changed Robbie’s mind regarding the size of the task he took on when replacing Csaba Laszlo, nor what needs to be done in the January transfer window.
He said: “I knew when I came in here that this was a fantastic club and a great opportunity but there would be a lot of work to put into it, a lot of hard work.
“We had a very good period but there will be bumps in the road. The game on Friday night was a boulder in the road but getting around it is the key.
“Everybody will be looking to bring in reinforcements in January.
“I don’t want it to be wholesale changes. There is a lot to be said for continuity and building relationships in the team.
“January is a difficult window. A couple could bolster us but it has to be the right ones and in the right positions. We’re working on that at the moment.”
Robbie admitted, while the loss to Ayr had been a sore one, it was now time for his team to move on.
“You have to look at the negatives and, obviously, it was a disappointing performance and result,” he said.
“But you have to take it in context. We’ve had a very good period since I came in. This is a blip.
“We can do all the video work we want, we can talk all we want but ultimately it will be what we do at Morton on Saturday that matters.That’s the sole focus for us now.”
He added: “You have to be prepared to lose. It was the manner of how we lost that was the most disappointing thing. We didn’t perform anywhere near the level we should have and the scoreline reflected that.
“It has hurt us a bit in terms of the rapport and togetherness we had built with the fans.
“Hopefully, we can stick together and put it down as a blip. The only way we’ll do that it is by winning on Saturday.
“Things were said after the game and on Sunday but I want that to be the final day of it. There’s no point sweeping it under the rug. It’s important to be honest with each other.
“To win a league you probably need to win three games out of four. It’s what happens when you lose that game – does it affect you for the next one or do you move on and make sure you win it?
“The points total from the last seven games is one that could take us to a title, and that’s including the Ayr game. If we can continue like that and not let the defeats knock us out of our stride then we’ve got a real chance.”
Meanwhile, the Terrors boss has revealed that Nicky Clark is facing a period on the sidelines.
The front man, who missed the game against Ayr, has been suffering from an ankle and shin problem which is likely to keep him out for the next few weeks.
It’s a blow for the manager as he looks for an instant response from his team at Morton on Saturday.
Robbie explained: “He’s had it quite a while now and we’ve been trying to manage it.
“He’s been involved sporadically and then it kind of flared up a bit after 90 minutes recently. We just need to let it settle down.
“We’re taking it day to day and week to week to try to get him fit.
“He’s a big player for us. He’s got great quality and experience.
“I’d be surprised if he’s available for Saturday. It’s more likely to be a few weeks if I’m honest. He’s a big miss but it gives somebody else a chance. Craig Curran has done well.”