Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon has admitted that any signings the Bairns make in January will need to be good enough to have an impact in the Championship next season as they look to bounce back from relegation at the first attempt.

McKinnon’s side are one-point clear at the top of a table which has only six points covering the top eight sides and the Bairns gaffer admits that January is always a difficult time to make quality additions to the squad.

With Falkirk expected by many to win promotion this season, they’ve made a solid – if unspectacular – start to the campaign and McKinnon confessed that he’s always looking at ways to improve his side.

“As a club, we’ve always got to look to improve and if we can improve by bringing people in during January then we’ve got to do that,” McKinnon said at a special event held in Grangemouth’s Royal British Legion club where the Bairns boss handed out free tickets for this weekend’s clash with Airdrie.

“Anybody we do look to bring in if they are available, they’ve got to be people who will be good enough for the year after in a higher league. It’s a difficult window as people are all tied down with contracts but, if we can, we will certainly be looking to bring one or two in and enhance the squad and go on and have a really strong second half of the season.”

After last weekend’s win over Forfar sent the Bairns top, they face ain Airdrie side with promotion ambitions of their own after a good start to the season.

Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon presents tickets to local Royal British Legion branch in Grangemouth ahead of their SPFL League One fixture with Airdrieonians.

(Photo by James Black)

The Bairns have suffered a few surprise defeats in recent weeks but are looking like they are starting to find top form at a crucial time of the campaign.

With only a matter of weeks left until the transfer window re-opens, McKinnon’s side might just be one signing away from becoming just too strong for the rest of League One.

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