ST MIRREN boss Danny Lennon has warned his side to prepare for him to rotate his team next season – even if they are winning.
The Paisley club will operate with one of the smallest squads in the SPL as Rangers' demotion to the Irn-Bru Third Division means it will be impossible for any additional funding to be given to Lennon.
The Saints boss knows it is impossible to get through an entire campaign without freshening up his team at times.
He insists securing three points from the previous match won't always mean the same side will start the next match.
He said: "It's important we keep the players as fresh as we can for every game.
"There will be times we win and then, the following week, we'll change that winning side.
"There will be games when some players will come out – not necessarily through injury – and there won't be many of them who play all 38 league games, plus cup-ties. Every member of our squad will have a major part to play during the season.
"If any player loses form, it's up to us to get them out of the team and then back on track as quickly as possible. That comes about through good coaching."
St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson was the only Saint to play in every competitive game last time out, making 47 appearances.
Another man Lennon is planning on keeping a closer eye on his striker Stevie Thompson after he made an impressive 43 appearances.
He added: "There were a lot of demands placed upon big Stevie last season and he did well but it's important we look after the players. They all want to play but it's very difficult to go out there and perform at your maximum in every single game."
Lennon's side defeated Spanish minnows El Canete 3-0 at their training camp with goals from Marc McAusland, Paul McGowan and Thomas Reilly.