ST MIRREN boss Danny Lennon has admitted his signing hopes have been put on hold until the full scale of the fall-out from the Rangers fiasco becomes clear.
Saints would be left with an £800,000 budget shortfall if Sky pull out of their SPL deal.
And the ongoing uncertainty means Lennon, who is desperate to acquire a left-sided defender, has been hit with a temporary transfer ban.
The Buddies gaffer said: "With the financial implications that could unfold we will not, for the time being, make any more signings.
"That is something that is not causing me too much concern, however. I have no doubt that if the season started tomorrow we would be in better shape than we were at the start of last term.
"There are no problems with us honouring contracts and no panic at St Mirren.
"We run a prudent ship and work to budget and we are and will remain in good health going forward whatever happens with the Rangers situation."
There will now be no swoop for former Saint Jure Travner, currently with cash-strapped Slovenian outfit Mura 05.
But Lennon believes that in David Barron he has a left-sided defensive option that will cover for Jeroen Tesselaar's departure to Kilmarnock.
Lennon said: "I have maintained all along that we have cover at left-back and that remains the case although we were obviously disappointed to see Jeroen leave.
"David Barron is versatile and more than capable of playing on the left flank if required.
"I am very pleased with the way the squad is shaping up and also with the standard of fitness maintained by the lads prior to the start of pre-season on Thursday.
Lennon was particularly pleased with the fitness of new signings Sam Parkin, Lewis Guy and Jon Robertson.
He said: "This is Robbo's first full-time pre-season and he has embraced it.
"Sam showed a lot of guts and desire in dropping a level from St Johnstone to Queen of the South to re-launch his career and he will give us options up top, as will Lewis."