Hibs face constant threat

Paatelainen doing his best to keep vultures at bay

Paatelainen: Not blessed with big budget

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Hibernian boss Mixu Paatelainen admits he faces a tough task keeping his best players at the club.

The SPL outfit accept that bigger sides will continue to cherry-pick their most promising talents when the mood takes them.

Financial constraints dictate that sales are necessary, with Paatelainen forced to accept his fate.

He was able to fend off interest in key men Steven Fletcher and Rob Jones during the January transfer window, but concedes that he may not be so fortunate over the summer.

Paatelainen told The Scotsman: "We realise the difficulty of building a team. We are not a club that pays huge wages.

"Players with proper talent, fantastic players, are used to getting big wages and we are not in the position to offer that kind of money.

"I want to build, I want to keep the best players and bring in others to improve and get the whole team playing well.

"But football is a short game and if someone comes in from even the lower leagues in England, they can offer the players twice or three times the money they get from us."