RENFREW co-manager Colin Clark says his side will have to be realistic about their targets in the Super League First Division this year with rivals able to outspend the New Western Park side.

Frew were flying high last season as they won their first league title in 24 years in the Central District First Division.

After securing a return to the Super Leagues, the aim for Clark and fellow co-manager Martin Ferry is survival.

And Clark is preparing for some tough days for his side with big clubs such as Clydebank, Irvine Meadow, Petershill and Shettleston among others able to invest more in their squads.

Clark said: “We need to be realistic about where we are.

“We are competing in this league with a very small budget.

“Glencairn have got players who are getting £70 per week; that’s at least double what any of our players get. Irvine Meadow are paying some players £100 per week.

“Although I believe we can compete in this league we have to remember where we are and work within our budgets.”

In Saturday’s league opener Renfrew went down in disappointing fashion 3-1 at Rutherglen Glencairn.

Clark conceded Renfrew were well below par and insisted they will need to improve if they are to get register any points when Ayrshire giants Irvine Meadow visit New Western Park on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

Clark added: “It was a disappointing result and performance. Glencairn deserved to win the game. We were pretty poor on the day; not enough players played to their potential.

“Glencairn were clinical with their chances but they were poor goals to lose.

“As poor as we were, we had three really good one-on-one chances, but we missed the target with all three of them.

“We need to be better.”