Allan Moore endured a rough start to his Lichties career with a 7-0 home loss to Aberdeen - but the new boss has insisted his side will be ready for the start of the season.
Moore, who succeeded Paul Sheerin as manager last Thursday, endured a baptism of fire after only one training session with his new charges as the Dons warmed up for their Europa League qualifier against Latvian side Daugava Riga in style.
Aberdeen took an early lead through Mark Reynolds, with a double from Barry Robson putting them 3-0 up at the break.
Derek McInnes’ men then added four more goals in the second half through Peter Pawlett, Willo Flood, Adam Rooney and Declan McManus to wrap up the scoring.
However, Moore is not too downbeat after the defeat. He said: “They don’t get any harder than Saturday, that’s for sure.
“We knew it was going to be very difficult as Aberdeen are a few weeks ahead of us in terms of fitness, but it was a good test, even though it was a tough one to take.
“It gave us a chance to have a look at the squad and assess what we need going forward.
“The goals we lost, we need to make sure we are lot tighter in the middle of the park and at the back and stop the crosses into the box.
“It doesn’t matter if we are playing Aberdeen or League Two teams, we need to defend better as a unit.”
Moore has had a hectic week with ‘phone calls from agents and Premiership contacts as he looks to build a squad ready for the new campaign.
He has already had a look at four Spanish players last week and two Slovakian trialists are arriving on Saturday and will look at every market possible as he attempts to add some fresh faces.
He added: “I’ve spoken to Premiership managers and I’m confident of bringing in some guys on loan, but the SPFL teams are still trying to finalise their squads for the new season so I just have to be patient at the moment.
“We know it is going to be a competitive season with Clyde spending some money and bringing Barry Ferguson in, and also Annan, who did well last year.
“But we have a good nucleus of a squad here and ideally I’m looking to bring in five or six new players to add to what we’ve already got.
“We’re playing Stirling Albion next week and after more tough training sessions I’m sure we will see an improvement in terms of fitness from the Aberdeen game.”