Financial fear for Fenlon

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Pat Fenlon admits Rangers' demise will have impact on Hibernian's finances
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Pat Fenlon admits Rangers' demise will have impact on Hibernian's finances

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon believes the demise of Rangers means Clydesdale Bank Premier League clubs will have to tighten their purse-strings this year.

Newco Rangers had their Scottish Premier League application rejected last week and many clubs may suffer financially whilst the Ibrox club are not in the top flight.

Fenlon has acknowledged the need for caution but also revealed he hopes to add more players to his squad before the start of the new campaign.

"I think it (the Rangers situation) has affected everyone," he told Press Association Sport.

"We have just got to be careful and astute with what we try and do. We are not going to be in a position to match what has gone out of the club but we are in a position to bring some players in to strengthen it.

"We don't have a big squad and we need to add a few more to it and if we can do that we will be delighted."

A host of players departed Easter Road at the end of last season after their contracts expired and former Bohemians boss Fenlon is now looking to shape the squad to his own liking after taking the job at Hibs in December.

"We let 14 or 15 players go and we are not going to be in a position to sign that many players but we have brought in four and we are hoping we can bring in a few more to strengthen the squad," he said.

"What we want to do is build our own squad. We have done that by starting with players leaving and players coming in. Having the time to work with the players in pre-season obviously means you can put your own slant on things as well and we are happy with how things have gone so far."

Tim Clancy, James McPake and Paul Cairney have all signed for Hibs over the summer and former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Williams became Fenlon's fourth acquisition on Tuesday.

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