Peterhead boss Jim McInally expects the two new teams in SPFL League One to provide a strong challenge next season.
McInally’s men will face up to Cowdenbeath, who drop down in place of Morton, and promoted Albion Rovers, who come in for Stirling Albion, in their bid for promotion to the Championship next term. And the Blue Toon gaffer believes both sides will provide a good test for his players.
He said: “Cowdenbeath have said they will have to cut their cloth accordingly after being relegated, but they will still have a strong squad in place for next season.
“They will be determined to bounce straight back up at the first attempt but this is a competitive league and a lot of teams will be targeting promotion. Albion Rovers have been promoted and will be keen to put up a challenge.
“They will have a decent budget as they made good money from their games against Rangers a couple of seasons ago in the cup.
“Dunfermline will be the favourites for the title with them being full-time and with the money they have, but they saw this season how hard it is in League One.”
McInally is confident midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski’s work permit will be rubber-stamped by the SFA – and the manager is expecting a busy few weeks with players’ contracts coming to and end as he attempts to bolster his squad for the next campaign.
He added: “Kevin has been granted the work permit and it is in the hands of the SFA now.
“I’m confident they will give it the green light, though.
“Players’ contracts finish at the end of this month so it’s just a waiting game this week in many cases to see where we go from here.
“I hope to strengthen the squad for next season as we want to kick on and try to at least make the play-offs.
“I’m confident we will have a squad ready to compete and hopefully achieve our goals.”