Queen of the South were a victim of their own success last season as manager James Fowler guided the Dumfries club to a Championship play-off place.
The Doonhamers lost five players to so-called bigger team, although the early signs are that the high personnel turnover has not been too damaging.
In masterminding a fourth straight victory of the season in a narrow 1-0 win at Livingston yesterday, Fowler is doing his own chances of being the next Palmerston employee to be head-hunted no harm at all.
“I felt we really dominated the game in the early parts,” said Fowler, who handed former Rangers midfielder Kyle Hutton a second half debut.
“I’m just glad to get the goal and the three points.
“We’re quite happy with where we are, the performances have improved and that was probably the best yet.”
The match was held up 20 minutes after one of the assistant referees was caught up in traffic. When the action did get under way, Lewis Kidd scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute – connecting with Ryan Conroy’s corner after the Lions only partially cleared the danger.
In truth, the score-line should have been more comfortable against a team they welcome on Tuesday in the Petrofac Training Cup.
Queens dominated the first half but had nothing to show for their efforts.
Derek Lyle was twice left frustrated in his attempts to open in the scoring, while Iain Russell and Dale Hilson were also guilty of squandering decent chances.