Mixu Paatelainen accepts he faces a struggle to keep Kilmarnock's most talented players in January.
Killie continued their fine season in the SPL on Wednesday with a well-deserved 3-1 victory at Inverness.
The result, which came courtesy of goals from Craig Bryson, Liam Kelly and Jamie Hamill, lifted the Ayrshire side up to fourth in the table and stretched their recent run to one defeat from their last nine.
Killie's fine form has led to leading scorer Conor Sammon and on-loan midfielder Alexi Eremenko attracting links with a move away from Rugby Park.
And Paatelainen, who insists he wants to keep hold of the likes of Sammon and Eremenko, believes the club can hold their head high if their prized assets depart in the January transfer window.
The Finn said: "There's been speculation about one or two of the players at Kilmarnock, so if we lose them and they decide to move on then I think the work will have been done by us in terms of making them better players.
"Obviously, I would look to keep my better players because we want to maintain the progress we are making, but that is the nature of football. Players come and players go. Should that happen then we would look to bring in more players and look to develop them as well."