Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara admitted his side need to strengthen ahead of next season after he watched his team lose 3-0 away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
The Tannadice boss said he is having to rely on too many youngsters as he bids to try and steer United into Europe.
United are a point behind St Johnstone ahead of next week's Dundee derby, with the team that finishes fourth winning a Europa League spot should Inverness win the Scottish Cup.
"We've a lot of youngsters starting, it's been difficult for them but that's how they learn," McNamara told BBC Scotland.
"We had five players missing today, I don't think most teams could cope with that. They're important players for us.
"We had some good opportunities to score today, at least five good opportunities, and we didn't take advantage of that.
"We lost two from set-pieces, that's crucial. We're missing certain personnel in defence."
Inverness manager John Hughes was ecstatic as his side won their final home game of the season, and now have two trips to Glasgow; next week against Celtic then the Scottish Cup final with Falkirk.
"When we're at it and we play like we did today we're a real good football side," he said. "As a team I can't ask anymore of them.
"Graeme Shinnie is moving on to Aberdeen and they're getting a wonderful footballer. Hopefully we can get the rest of them tied up. I want to keep most of the boys here and keep building this club.
"We had a real different pre-season, we never did a double session, and we rested the boys and they came back fit.
"I've still got boys on the bench who could get themselves in that starting 11 and keep themselves in there.
"The emergence of Ryan Christie, I think we've got a real talent in Scottish football, he's only going to get better, he's played over 30 games."