Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has hinted that there could be one or two new arrivals at Pittodrie during the January transfer window.
The loan deals for Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin and Red Star Belgrade attacker Josh Parker both come to an end in January and, with both barely featuring this season, it seems unlikely the Dons will seek to keep either until the end of the season.
The January transfer window can be a difficult one, but McInnes succeeded in bringing midfielder Kenny McLean to Pittodrie from St Mirren last year, while attacker Adam Rooney and right back Shay Logan were recruited the season before.
The Aberdeen manager said: “There may be one or two changes. It could be an opportunity to chop and change things a bit.
“By and large, the squad we put together at the start of the season is the squad I felt could do well this year.
“Nothing has changed my mind on that.
“The January window is also a tougher window to recruit from. There are still quite a few weeks before that window closes and a lot can happen between now and then.
“We have got a couple of loan players who are due to go back in that period as well.
“We have got to make sure we get the balance right with the squad numbers.
“We will look at it and address it nearer the time.”
The Dons passed up an opportunity to move back into second place after being held to a 1-1 draw against Hamilton Accies on Sunday.
But McInnes, whose side host Ross County on Saturday, says the Dons are not focused on what Hearts and leaders Celtic are doing.
He said: “I don’t think we can get too obsessed with other teams.
“It is all about looking after ourselves and we need to manage our own game.
“We don’t want to look too far ahead or at what anybody else is doing, we need to focus on getting the type of performances that will give us the chance to win.
“Even when we went on that winning run at the start of the season, we got little breaks that helped us win games.
“We weren’t always brilliant. There is a thin line between winning and losing but we found ways to win.
“Normally we manage to see games out when we get in front but against Hamilton I felt we brought unnecessary pressure on ourselves. We need to play smarter and manage the game better when we get in front.”