St Johnstone have confirmed they will not offer new deals to any out-of-contract players until their Scottish Premiership fate is decided.

The Perth club is currently battling to stay in Scotland's top flight, with the McDiarmid Park outfit just five points off the bottom of the table.

As a result, cup-double-winning manager Callum Davidson was relieved of his duties earlier this week after a disastrous run of form, and with the club set to be sold in the summer, a huge few weeks lie ahead for Fair City side.

A St Johnstone supporter open meeting took place last night at the stadium and as expected, there were plenty of questions about the future of the club moving forward.

Head of football operations Gus MacPherson was in attendance and he revealed that any open contract talks are now firmly on hold.

He explained: "Until it is clear in which league the club will be playing in the club are not entering contract talks."

Saints currently have 13 players heading out of contract in the summer, including those returning to their parent clubs who are on loan.

The likes of David Wotherspoon, Melker Hallberg, Chris Kane and Jamie Murphy could all leave the club for free in the summer, but Herald and Times Sport understands 16 players are signed up for next term.

It is also understood that the club have offered a deal to highly rated goalkeeper Ross Sinclair.

Asked who deals with transfer incomings, MacPherson added: "This was previously the head of recruitment but it can only be the manager who has the final say.

"Our transfer fees recently have been high compared to other clubs. Recruitment is the hardest area in football. Four main areas in football – results; recruitment; communication and substitutions.

"We are in favour of smaller squads as this leads to opportunities for young players who need to go out on loan, progress and come back to get into squad and team. 

"Who are signing targets is also dependant on the manager and his needs for his team, formation etc."

MacPherson also confirmed that Steven MacLean will be in charge as Saints take on Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday at McDiarmid Park.

He said: "The decision of who the next manager would be is solely down to the board. I would not expect to be involved unless asked for his opinion.

"Steven MacLean is interim for Hibs match then there is a two-week break to consider the position. There has been direct contact from interested parties and agents."

MacPherson also gave fans an insight into his position and roles at the club. He added: "My role entails 99 per cent administration and no two days are the same.

"An example was Nicky Clark’s red card appeal process. Dealing with VAR and experience putting appeals together, using contacts, connections and with the assistance of staff within the club presenting a case which proved successful. 

"As a manager I had to deal with players needs and demands and then in a technical director role scouting.  I did not appreciate then all that was involved in the administration side then.

"I reports to the board and was involved in January in reducing the size of the squad by moving players out.  The squad was too large and the reduction helps coaches and managers on daily basis work together with the playing staff.  The squad is still too big which has financial implications and working towards it being more balanced.

"I am there to help the manager if required regarding players in and out but ultimately it is only correct that the manager is the one who decides who comes and goes."