St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has next season in mind

St Johnstone and Hearts players battle for possession

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas admits the Perth club have "one eye on next season" after their European hopes took a blow with a 2-0 defeat by Hearts.

Lomas must now hope for a win against Rangers and a loss for Hearts at Celtic in next weekend's final Scottish Premier League fixtures.

However, a Hearts win in the Scottish Cup final would guarantee Saints a place in the Europa League.

"We wanted to do it off our own back," said Lomas after the Tynecastle loss.

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"I'm disappointed. We had so much to play for. The goals were at killer times.

"We had a couple of chances. The quality wasn't there. Overall, Hearts deserved the win, simple as that.

"Obviously, we have quite a few coming out of contract so we've definitely got one eye on next season, we have done for a long while.

"It's something for the chairman to look into because we can only line players up, it's [about] getting them up [to sign] and we've got a big job in the summer.

"I think we've only got nine under contract so it's going to be a big rebuilding process if we don't sign the ones that are already here that we want. It's going to be a big summer for us."

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