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St Johnstone boss feels Europa League qualification could be a problem

St Johnstone ended the SPL season with a 4-0 defeat to Rangers at McDiarmid Park. The result ended their hopes of securing a Europa League spot themselves, but they could still qualify for Europe if Hearts win the William Hill Scottish Cup.

However, boss Steve Lomas admits he could struggle to field a team in time for any continental clashes.

"We can still get Europe if Hearts win so let's hope we can put a team out. We will watch that game and see where it takes us," Lomas said. "European football could be a hindrance. If we get there, and the game is on the July 16, we might not have a team.

"We'd maybe have to play the youth team and if that's the case that's what we'll do."

He added: "It will be a massive rebuilding programme in the summer. We are probably looking at 13 players coming in so it's going to be a busy summer for myself and the chairman."

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