Jim McIntyre happy with Dunfermline squad for SPL

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland
Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre
McIntyre is preparing for his first season as an SPL manager

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre will be happy to start the new season with his current squad so long as they do not pick up any injuries on pre-season.

The Pars have two matches in Austria as part of their preparations for their return to the Scottish Premier League.

"There's nothing more happening at the minute," McIntyre told BBC Scotland

"That all depends really on the current squad staying fit and healthy. If the current squad stays fit and healthy then we'll be as is."

McIntyre has already been busy in the transfer market with the captures of goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, defenders Paddy Doye, John Potter and Jason Thomson, midfielder Paul Burns and striker Andrew Barrowman.

"We're pleased with how pre-season has gone," said McIntyre.

"We've not picked up, touch wood, any injuries so far. Long may that continue.

"We're pleased with the balance that's in the squad and we're looking forward to the games in Austria."

Gallacher, Potter, Thomson and Barrowman have experience of Scotland's top flight, as do several members of Dunfermline's First Division title-winning squad, and McIntyre is keen for his players to start with a flourish.

"It will be very important," added the manager, whose side open their campaign against St Mirren.

"We've got five or six players who have SPL experience and we feel that their experience will help the ones who have not been there before.

"We're also hopeful that there'll be a freshness about the players who have not played at that level who'll be desperate to show what they can do.

"Hopefully mixing the two of them together can make sure we have a good season.

"Teams have recovered after bad starts, but every manager will tell you you want to get off to a good start and we're no different - we'll be trying our best to do that.

"We've got a home game against St Mirren, it's a game that's winable and we've got to make sure that we're approaching it properly."

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