Falkirk boss Hughes planning big changes

Falkirk boss John Hughes is planning further reinforcements as he sets his eyes on a top-six finish next season.

Hughes has already signed up former Scotland internationals Neil McCann and Jackie McNamara as well as ex-Dunfermline and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Lee Bullen.

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And he insists that there are more signings on the way: "I know the standards I am trying to set at Falkirk. I am planning on bringing three or more players in."

After Saturday's disappointing defeat to Kilmarnock, Hughes has warned his players to lift their performances if they want to establish themselves in the top half of the SPL.

"Sure, the boys deserve credit for getting to that seventh spot again but the reason we didn't get into the top six was a lack of character.

"No matter where you play your football, whether it is five-a-sides in the back street, we all have a pride about ourselves to go and win.

"That was missing. It all started on Friday on the training pitch - one of two of them p*****g about, thinking they're something they're not.

"That carried on right into the warm-up and we didn't deserve anything from the game - we were lucky to lose 2-1. It is about pride and passion - you need to have it to play for the club no matter what you are doing.

"Would Roy Keane have accepted that on the pitch? I wouldn't have had to have gone into the dressing room if he was out there.

"I was expecting a wee bit better from my young boys. I am disappointed in them and the message to them is to make sure they are ready to go when they come back."

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