ST MIRREN are looking to trim their squad numbers in January transfer window, and will have to let players go before they can bring new faces in according to manager Jack Ross.

The Paisley side have a squad of 23 players as they look to push for promotion from the Scottish Championship this season.

And Ross says for the squad harmony to stay as high as it currently is, he can’t add more players without letting some go.

Ross said: “I wouldn’t bring anybody in without making room, not just financially but in terms of the numbers of the squad.

“It will depend what happens within the window, as well with the income we generate.

“I certainly wouldn’t want the numbers to get any bigger, in fact ideally I’d like them to get smaller, but we’ll see how January pans out. It’s not a necessity financially but there’s an urge for me to do that.

“Also in terms of the numbers I work with, it’s a case of what is manageable within a squad to keep players in the right frame of mind.”

There are two Saints players whose deals expire this month.

Celtic defender Jamie McCart’s three month emergency loan deal lasts until December 23, and striker Dale Hilson signed on a six month deal which ends on December 27.

Players such as Jordan Kirkpatrick and Darryl Duffy have also seen limited game time during their stints in Paisley, and it will depend on the players’ wishes as well heading into January.

Ross added: “Some players’ game time has been limited and it depends on their thoughts approaching January as well.

“It depends if they want more game time elsewhere, or rather go somewhere on a permanent. It’s something we’ll assess, and that can then influence what we need to supplement the squad with.

“We’ve done a lot of prep work to give ourselves an understanding of who might be available should we need it and so from that sense I’m quite content with where we’re at as we approach the window.

“Over the next few weeks there’s an abundance of players that then begun to get put your way, ones that you haven’t already looked at.

"You might occasionally get one that flags up that you weren’t aware of that becomes attractive to you. But all in all it’s a nicer position to be in than we were in last year.”