ST MIRREN boss Danny Lennon hopes he can pull off a deal for former Rangers keeper Grant Adam in time for the big kick-off.
The Paisley gaffer has just one experienced shot-stopper, last season's No.1 Craig Samson, at his disposal for the new campaign and has spent the last few weeks running the rule over Adam during the Buddies' pre-season preparations.
Budgets across the Scottish Premier League have been hit hard by the loss of Rangers from our top flight this summer, but Lennon admits he is keen to do a deal to bring former Light Blues kid Adam to St Mirren Park.
He said: "It is no big secret that we need another goalkeeper. Grant Adam has been in here with us during the pre-season and has done very well.
"In terms of the uncertainty that is presently in Scottish football and the level of finances coming into the club, we are looking to try and see what we can do within the current financial climate. But I'm hoping that we can strike a deal with Grant and his agent to get that done."
Adam took his place on the bench as St Mirren continued their build-up for the new season with victory in the Renfrewshire Cup final against local rivals Morton on Saturday.
Midfielder Paul McGowan got the only goal of the game as his shot hit Ton keeper Derek Gaston and trickled over the line late on, and Lennon was pleased with a stiff workout against Allan Moore's Irn-Bru First Division title hopefuls.
He said: "I am delighted to take the trophy back along the road to Paisley as it means a lot to the club. Also, I am pleased to give all those fans a good night and something to smile about.
"However, I have to give lots of credit to Morton as comparing this performance with last season would suggest they are a vastly improved side.
"The First Division is probably the most competitive in the country, but if I was a betting men they could be an outside shout.
"Overall it was a worthwhile exercise and this was without Kenny McLean and Graham Carey. Carey was more of a precaution, and hopefully Kenny can travel with us at the weekend as he might have got more of a fright than anything else.
"Paul's appetite is fantastic and is one of his strengths as he loves playing football and getting on the ball.
"We have spoken to him about getting more shots on goal as last season he maybe wasn't buying a ticket when it came to this so it is very pleasing to see him get a goal."